Executive Council Election Info – SAITSA

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Executive Council Election Info


What is the Executive Council?

SAITSA exists to improve the lives of SAIT students through various operations, services, programs and advocacy efforts. The President, VP External, VP Academic and VP Student Life (Executive Council) work together with SAITSA staff to implement the strategic vision and goals set out by SAITSA’s Board of Directors (BOD).

Whereas the BOD are full-time students who volunteer their time to serve the student body, the Executive Council (EC) are full-time staff who work everyday in the SAITSA office and take one course per semester. Both the Board and the EC are elected by the students and dedicate their time and energy to improving the SAIT student experience.

Each EC position has a different set of responsibilities, but in general each position is expected to:

  • Attend and participate in regular BOD meetings, professional development training and goal-setting retreats
  • Sit on and participate in a variety of committees with SAIT and SAITSA
  • Travel when required, and attend evening, weekend and after-hours events
  • Communicate with students to ensure they are represented fairly and advocate on their behalf
  • Represent students in a noble and professional manner

Executive Council Positions

There are four positions on the Executive Council that you can choose to run for: the President, the VP External, the VP Academic and the VP Student Life. All of these positions are full time, exciting and hands on, and require a great deal of passion and dedication to helping students.

Full job descriptions for each Executive Council position can be found here.

What are the benefits of being on the Executive Council?

In addition to be an amazing professional development, networking and portfolio building opportunity, all EC positions are full-time and are compensated in the following ways:

  • Salary: +$40,000/year (May 2018 – May 2019)
  • 15 days paid vacation (+2 weeks at Christmas)
  • Health and dental benefits and RRSP contributions

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Important Election Dates

Nomination Period #1
Deadline: 12 noon – February 28, 2018
If you submit by this date, you will be able to promote your campaign for election from March 1 – March 15, 2018.

Nomination Period #2
Deadline: 12 noon – March 7, 2018
If you submit by this date, you will be able to promote your campaign for election from March 8 – March 15, 2018.

Panel/Debate Night
March 13, 2018 – Time & Location: TBD

Voting Days
March 14 & 15


SAITSA’s Election Standards

SAITSA recognizes the need to hold open and fair elections and makes efforts to ensure all SAITSA members have the opportunity to participate in the election process. All individuals working for SAITSA are required to remain impartial while on duty. SAITSA implemented a Political Committee, led by the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), to carry out objective and rational decision during elections.

In pursuit of the objective to achieve fairness and openness, SAITSA requires candidates, campaign managers/teams and volunteers to demonstrate respect for others and engage in fair competition. Campaign activities must be in compliance with SAIT’s code of conduct and SAITSA’s bylaws, policies and procedures. SAITSA welcomes healthy debate and opposition; however, campaign activities shall not harm the reputation of any individual.

To run for the Executive Council, you must submit a completed nomination package to the SAITSA Main Office (V204) before the nomination period deadline.


Regarding Election Process (campaigning, expenses, rulings, etc.):

Jennifer Dotchin
Chief Returning Officer, Chair of Political Committee

Regarding Executive Council positions, dates, or general information regarding Elections:

Rachel Paris
Manager, Governance & Advocacy

Adam Boechler
Coordinator, Governance