Becoming a Candidate

Start off by reading the Executive Policy Manual to understand the responsibilities and duties of each Executive position. This will help you make an informed decision about which of the following positions you’d like to run for:


Vice-President Academic • Vice-President Internal • Vice-President External • Vice-President Marketing & Events

Senator  • Senator

Then, read the UMGSA Election and Referendum Manual. This document outlines all the rules that govern UMGSA elections, and will help you understand what resources are available to you as a candidate.

Once you’ve done all your required reading, print off and complete the Election Nomination Form. You’ll need ten signatures from fellow graduate students to nominate you as a candidate. These students don’t need to be from your department – take this opportunity to introduce yourself to new people! When completed, deliver the form in an envelope to our office at 221 UMSU University Centre.

Congratulations! If you’ve followed these instructions, you’re now officially a candidate in the 2018 UMGSA Election. Make sure to attend the All Candidates Meeting on February 21st, and the All Candidates Forum on March 14th, because attendance at both events is mandatory for all candidates. Other than that, all you need to do is prepare and campaign.

Best of luck to all the candidates running in this year’s UMGSA Election! If you have any questions about the election process, contact Ruth at or the CRO (Chief Returning Officer) at See you on the campaign trail!

Important Dates

Nomination Period: Monday, February 5th – Friday, February 16th

Mandatory All Candidates Meeting: Wednesday, February 21st at 10:00am – UMGSA Office, 221 UMSU University Centre

Preparation Period: Monday, February 26th – Friday, March 9th

Campaigning Period: Monday, March 12th – Friday, March 23rd

All-Candidates Forum: Wednesday, March 14th from 11:30am – 1:30pm – UMGSA Lounge, 217 UMSU University Centre

Online Voting Period: Wednesday, March 21st – Friday March 23rd