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Elections & Referendum

Elections & Referendum

Elected Student Positions

Candidates are running for: 1 of 5 Executive positions and/or 1 of 2 Board of Governor positions and/or 1 of 5 Senate positions and/or 1 of 6 Student Legal Fund Society positions.

The AMS Executive Team

The Executives make up the group of five elected students who run things around here, they are: the President, the Vice-President University and Academic affairs, the Vice-President External Affairs, the Vice-President Finance, and the Vice-President Administration.

See below for more details on each position.

UBC Board of Governors and UBC Vancouver Senate

The UBC Board of Governors and the UBC Vancouver Senate together govern all aspects of academics, finances, and planning for the University of British Columbia Vancouver. Student representatives are elected to each.

Student Legal Fund Society (SLFS)

The SLFS works as a team to provide advisory, legal, and financial assistance to fund, initiate and continue advocacy, lobbying and litigation to improve education and access to education at UBC and other matters of law which set broad precedent and concern to UBC students.

In addition to case funding, the SLFS provides many services to UBC students, including ‘Know Your Civil Rights Workshop’, ‘Know Your Tenancy Rights Workshop’, and a Lawyer Referral Subsidy.

Visit the SLFS website to learn more.

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What does the President do?

The President ensures that everything the AMS does is influenced by student needs and opinions by consistently engaging with the community and going to A LOT of meetings. They work with the elected vice presidents on a daily basis, supporting their respective portfolios, so meticulous knowledge of their work and ongoing projects is essential. The President is also the public face of the AMS, so when media comes knocking, it’s the President who communicates our message (80% of the time) on a whole range of topics, from AMS business performance to policy revisions to our stance on university initiatives. Being able to take a step back and understand how all the pieces fit into the rather difficult, rather large, AMS puzzle is critical.

What does the VP Academic and University Affairs do?

The VP Academic and University Affairs acts as the go-between for concerned students and the university administration and represents student interest on academic policies and university governance. The position is also involved with several ongoing projects, including Concession Policy review and the Academic Experience Survey. Key issues that the portfolio tackles ranges from tuition increases to campus planning, and sexual violence to sustainability. Essentially, any issue that is considered a key university issue falls under this portfolio, so the individual must have the capacity to absorb huge amounts of complex information, and put it into student-centered action

What does the VP External do?

The VP External Affairs (VPX) develops, researches, and communicates positions and policies taken by the Society on relevant student issues to external bodies and agencies – primarily the municipal, provincial, and federal governments. The VPX digs deep into research in order to educate and engage decision-makers on solutions to student issues, and collaborates with many different groups to amplify the AMS’ voice. The culmination of much of this work is the lobby trips to Victoria and Ottawa to convince politicians to support student causes. Expect to be doing everything possible to get students’ civically engaged, like updating them on lobby trips and what the AMS is advocating for, and be figuratively, or literally, screaming for better support for students. There’s also some sitting on external boards and policy writing for good measure.

What does the VP Finance do?

The key holder to the AMS finances,  the VP Finance is responsible for all financial matters relating to the organization, the AMS sustainability office, the Health and Dental Plan, as well as clubs and constituencies. They work with teams of students and professional s to make sure everything is on the straight and narrow money-wise, so aside from being good with numbers, they must have a knack for dealing with people. Money talks, but people do too, so like any other elected position you must have a collaborative, team approach to work.

What does the VP Administration do?

Arguably the biggest task under this portfolio is looking after the 350+ AMS clubs on campus, making sure that every club fills a niche in the campus community, and operates fairly and properly. The VP Administration works with the Operations Committee to manage the AMS Student Nest (including the Hatch Art Gallery), pushes sustainability initiatives, and liaise between the AMS and AMS Clubs, Constituencies, and Resource Groups. This position calls for an organized, detail-orientated individual who doesn’t mind making tough decisions.

What does UBC Board of Governors (BoG) do?

The Board of Governors is responsible for all non-academic matters at UBC. This includes topics such as tuition policy, the university budget, and campus buildings. Large portions of Board meetings are open for anyone to attend. The Board of Governors has 21 members; two members are UBC-Vancouver students, and one member is a UBC-Okanagan student.

What does UBC Vancouver Senate do?

The UBC Vancouver Senate is responsible for all academic matters at UBC-Vancouver. This includes topics such as admissions, examination policy, academic discipline, and student awards. The Senate also approves course curriculum and new departments and confers degrees. Meetings of the Senate are open for anyone to attend.

Resources & Contacts

Nominee Resources

Referendum Resources

Coming soon

Elections Contacts

Name Title Contact Issue
Isabelle Ava-Pointon Chief Electoral Officer

NEST 4305 – by appointment only

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What is a Referendum?

In short, a referendum is a campus wide vote on important issues. Referendums are one of the most impactful and important ways in which we can exercise our right to vote to inform and implement significant changes to our community. The U-Pass that you know and love is an example of a campus-wide referendum, as well as the fee collected to build the Nest. For these referendum to pass, they need to reach quorum. Quorum is the minimum number of student votes needed for the referendum to be successful and binding. For the referendum to reach quorum, 8% of active Society members need to vote in favour. This year, the number of students needed to reach quorum is 4648. In addition to reaching quorum, Bylaw Amendments need two-thirds of the votes, in favour, to be approved. For more information, or for any questions regarding the Referendum, please contact:

Want to add a referendum question to the ballot? Take a look at our Referendum Guide

Referendum Questions

“Do you support and approve amending the AMS Bylaws in accordance with the changes presented in the document entitled Proposed Changes to AMS Bylaws?”

Proposed Changes to AMS Bylaws

By-Law Referendum

Vote YES to make your student society more efficient by amending some old by-laws. These 10 amendments will allow the AMS to reallocate resources into programs that more positively impact your UBC experience and reduce red-tape:

  • Free up resources by abolishing the inactive Student Court which will save thousands of student dollars.
  • Extend AMS membership benefits to students who complete their studies by Christmas, including services such as the SASC or the AMS Health & Dental Plan.
  • Ensure transparency and clarity around how student referendum questions are asked.
  • Increase notice of general meetings so more students are aware.
  • Improve confidentiality by changing how records are disclosed in order to protect us from spending your student money.
  • Fill executive vacancies more quickly.
  • Update the role of the AMS Ombudsperson to better serve students.
  • Increase transparency of referendum results.
  • Extend the subsidiary budgets submission date.
  • Fix some wording and typos in our current by-laws.