Student Nomination and Election Process

Student By-elections to Senate

Voting period: Monday, September 28 to Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Undergraduate Student Nominee Statements:

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Preliminary by-election results:

[Election - Preliminary results will be posted following the close of voting period.]

  • Bachelor of Arts – 1 seat
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture – 1 seat


  • Bachelor of Engineering
    • Michael Chislett
    • Christopher McCaig
  • Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management
    • Aidan Doak


  • College of Social & Applied Human Sciences
    • Lisa Tang
[Vacant ]
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – 1 seat
  • Associate Diploma Program – 1 seat
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences – 1 seat

Winter 2020 Student Election Results

Graduate Students

  • College of Arts
    • Laila Harris
  • Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics
    • Jingen Liang


  • College of Biological Science
    • Nadin Ibrahim
  • College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
    • Melanie McCaig 
  • Ontario Agricultural College
    • Kerry Houlahan
  • Ontario Veterinary College
    • Madison Pereira

Undergraduate Students

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Annabelle Clark-Lepard
    • Nina Hay Cooper
    • Michael Pacheco
  • Bachelor of Commerce
    • Brayden Ferguson
    • Jaime Rowe
    • Srinivi Sriram
  • Bachelor of Computing
    • Sooraj Modi
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
    • Victoria Borsodi
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
    • Bayan Akbik


  • Bachelor of Science
    • Kristen Ashworth
    • Stephanie Gerend
    • William Staikos
    • Nicole Walker
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
    • Chloe Katsademas
  • Guelph-Humber
    • Victoria Duarte
    • Justin Mihaly
    • Nishanth Puvanendran
    • Gianluca Tatone

Board of Governors

Undergraduate Students

  • Michael Pacheco
  • Nicole Walker

Graduate Student

  • Melanie McCaig


About Senate and Board of Governors

Participating as an elected student member provides students with a unique opportunity to contribute to governance of the University, helping to influence policy and issues that affect the quality of experience and education at the University of Guelph.

The University functions with a bicameral governance structure set out under the University of Guelph Act (1964), which defines the responsibilities of the Board of Governors and the Senate. Senate is responsible for academic programs, regulations, and policies, whereas the Board of Governors oversees the government, conduct, management and control of the University and its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs.

Nomination and Election Process

The Board of Governors Undergraduate and Graduate Student Electoral Procedures and the Senate Regulations Governing the Election of Students to Senate include provisions for representation of students on the Board and Senate. Elections are held annually during the Winter semester. Should an insufficient number of nominations be received during the Winter election period to fill the available student seats a by-election is held at the beginning of the following Fall semester.

Members of the Board of Governors must be a least 18 years of age and cannot be an undischarged bankrupt. Board members must also abide by the Good Governance Policy for the Board of Governors and related disclosure requirements.


As per section 9.6. of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Electoral Procedures and section 9f. of the Regulations Governing the Election of Students to Senate, each candidate shall enjoy the right to campaign and inform the student body of their candidacy in a manner consistent with relevant University policies and regulations. The following is a non-exhaustive list of related University policies and procedures:

Winter 2021 Student Elections to Senate and the Board of Governors

Nomination Period
Monday, January 18 to Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Voting Period
Monday, February 22 to Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.