Your 2023/2024 BCITSA Student Executives

Get to know your incoming Student Executives below

Céline Loriot Presidential Candidate

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I am in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at BCIT’s School of Health Sciences, intending to become a registered nurse specializing in pediatric critical care. After seeing role models showing the nursing voice’s strength at the forefront of advocacy and policy, I was inspired to run for the Presidency of the BCITSA.

As Chair of Health Sciences, I collaborated with other executives to develop low-barrier initiatives to support community resilience rooted in equity, diversity, and inclusion. My platform promotes a person-first approach to leadership and addresses the connection between health and financial literacy. I will encourage feedback by having an open-door policy and liaising with BCIT to improve the student experience.

Navigating the healthcare system can be stressful. Therefore, being raised in a multi-ethnic background allows me to prioritize cultural safety in my nursing practice and advocate for those whose first language may not be English.

Mia Bui V.P. Finance & Administration Elect

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My name is Mia Bui and I’m currently a 2nd-year student majoring in Accounting and the current VP Finance & Administration for the SA. This year, I’m re-running for the VP of F&A position of the BCITSA, and I chose to run in the election since I want to keep bringing more value to students’ life at BCIT.

As a VP Finance & Administration for the 2022-2023 school year, I have experience chairing the Finance and Bylaws committees. I hosted a Tax Clinic with about 25 volunteers to help students file their Taxes, which is one of my main objectives for this year. With the experiences I gained at the position, I’m getting more and more familiar with the job, which gives me a very strong foundation if I’m elected again this year.

My objective for next year will be to focus more on providing students with services that are beneficial to them, such as expanding the scope of the Tax Clinic. Another objective that I might take on is to develop a better tracking system for the Executives’ budgets – how to record and access their budget spending information.

Thank you for your support,

Jimmy Wang V.P. External Elect

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Hi everybody! I’m an electrical engineering student in my fourth term at BCIT, and I have four more terms to go. I’m excited to take on a more active role with my fellow students and promote engagement between students and the Student Association. I look forward to being a bridge between our school and outside parties.

A little bit about myself: during my free time, I enjoy watching movies, TV shows, and playing video games. If I’m looking for something more hands-on, I like to work with LEGOs! I’m curious about how things work and enjoy tinkering with things. I enjoy a good mix of entertainment, creativity, and activity.

Joshua Luu V.P. Student Experience Elect

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As a candidate for VP Student Experience, I am committed to creating an environment where all students feel heard, valued, and supported. With a deep passion for student advocacy and a track record of success in leadership positions such as the BCITSA Chair of Business + Media since 2022, I am confident in my ability to make a positive impact on our campus community.

Drawing on my experience as a dedicated student leader, I have developed a keen understanding of the needs and concerns of my fellow students. Whether it’s working to improve campus resources such as with my BCIT School of Business + Media Discord Server, advocating for increased student support services with insight from hosting many set rep meetings, or fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus culture as a volunteer mentor of the BCIT International Office and Global Education Ambassador of the BCIT Global Relations Office, I am committed to making a real difference in the lives of our student body.

Throughout my academic journey, I have consistently sought out opportunities to grow and learn, both inside and outside the classroom. From serving as a mentor to fellow students to volunteering in the local community, I have always been driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact on the world around me.

If elected as VP of Student Experience, I pledge to work tirelessly to ensure that all students feel heard, supported, and empowered to achieve their goals. Together, we can create a campus community that is truly exceptional, and I would be honoured to serve as your representative in this important endeavour.

Shelby Woida Vice President, Equity & Sustainability Candidate

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I’m Shelby and I am a second-year accounting student. For the past two years, I have been a Councillor with the Student Association and am currently a Peer Champion with Indigenous Initiatives. I am excited to run for the VP of Equity & Sustainability position because I’m very passionate about making a positive change at BCIT, and I would love the opportunity to help strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion at BCIT by working with the SA to develop and implement a long-term DEI strategy. I am also currently an active member of the Equity & Sustainability Committee. I’ve worked closely with the current VP to plan and moderate a successful student-lead panel on Gender Equality in the classroom to bring attention to an important issue impacting the education of our students. If elected, I will work to get external funding to provide menstruation products to all students and continue work on implementing a fall reading break. I will also work with BCIT to improve available student services by improving communication and accessibility to students in need. I believe in standing up for what’s right and will do my best to ensure all voices are heard.

Shelby Woida (She/Her)

Simran Anand Chair, School of Business + Media Elect

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Hello there!

My name is Simran Anand, and I am a first-year accounting student at BCIT. Three words that describe me are organized, bookworm, and consistent. I moved to Canada from India last year to follow my dreams and achieve my goals. To give you an overview of my educational background, I graduated high school in 2021 with a grade of 96% while also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in French at the same time. I have one year of experience working as a French instructor in a language school in Toronto and overall, 3 years of experience as a tutor. My amazing 7-month journey of living in the Student Housing and studying at BCIT has truly been a rollercoaster. I volunteer for the BCIT Student Life Office, actively participate in events organized by BCITAA and BCITFA, networking events by CPABC, and currently working for Paladin security at the Burnaby campus. Back in India, I used to volunteer for NGOs to provide the necessary medication and food to injured stray animals and pregnant women below the poverty line.

I am a proud member of the BCITSA, and they have been doing a great job in providing incredible services such as food support, health and dental services, geared up, career services, childcare and wellness. As the chair, I believe my valuable skills of leadership, problem-solving, proactivity, and empathy would be an asset to our community, and I will put them to use to improve our services and ensure every voice is heard. There are still many aspects I think BCITSA could improve on and it will be an honour to initiate them.

Charlene Steeves Chair, School of Health Sciences Elect

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My name is Charlene Steeves and I am entering my third and final year of the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program at BCIT. I chose to run for the Chair of the School of Health Sciences because I am a strong advocate for students having a voice. During my first and second years of the nursing program I acted as a student representative for my cohort. In this role, I was able to meet with Program Heads to voice concerns and provide suggestions for changes to the curriculum. My goal as the Chair of the School of Health Sciences is to further improve the inter-professional collaboration in the programs, and provide support for the students. In the nursing program, I have been a strong advocate for safety and autonomy for my patients and peers and hope to carry that through to this role, if elected.

I can be reached via email at

Vrishank Prabhu Chair, School of Energy Elect

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For not the first, not the second, not the third… Kidding, just the second time. I’m running again to be re-elected as your Chair for the School of Energy! Currently, as Chair of Energy, I’ve been working with clubs to host more events, lead set reps meetings and work with the Student Association to better the lives of students within the School of Energy to make sure their voices are represented. I’ve done this through connecting with students face to face around campus, coming to lectures and communicating with clubs to find what students want the most.

I’ve found that BCIT can be a pretty cold school when it comes to bringing familiarity and a sense of welcoming to new students. There was a lot that could be improved in terms of exposure in knowing what BCIT has to offer you as a new student when you first come to campus, as a lot is thrown at you. This upcoming year, I am putting my efforts towards having senior students come speak to new students during their orientations in September, bring more exposure to club opportunities for students and provide students with more information on BCIT policies with what they have power to do with instructor disputes. I will also continually assist School of Energy clubs throughout the year by helping plan events over the summer to be executed during the school year, such as the RC Classic and the WEC. (We’ll get you guys some useful BCIT merch, too)

If you had any ideas or input as to things that students need to be informed about, common instructor issues or event ideas please get in contact with me! I am eager to listen and hear your ideas to incorporate them. My email is

Justin Saint Chair, School of Computing & Academic Studies Elect

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Justin studied Communications at the SFU Centre for Dialogue, learning to excel at public speaking, group facilitation, and written communication for different work settings. He has managed large groups of cast and crew in the fast-paced worlds of theatre and film.

Justin spent seven years working for Telus, providing conflict resolution for customers in frustrating scenarios to retain their business. Chosen to represent other employees, he listened to concerns and complaints and presented those to management at company meetings. To address some of those department-wide complaints, Justin created job aid training sheets and videos for handling challenging customer scenarios, shared globally across all Telus campuses.

As a current CST Set Rep, Justin actively listens to the concerns of his classmates and has negotiated for extensions, additional study guides, and the use of “cheat sheets” during exams. He has successfully addressed concerns affecting his entire intake.

Through his past experiences, Justin has developed a unique mix of creative, analytical, and leadership skills and is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of those around him. As Chair, Justin wants to improve communication practices and the onboarding experience for Computing and Academic Studies students. He wants to provide a smoother campus experience for students and staff alike and alleviate unnecessary sources of student anxiety.

Abdul Aziz Ansari Chair, School of Transportation, Construction, & Environment Elect

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Dear Students of the School of Transportation, Construction, and the Environment, I would like to offer myself as a candidate for Chair this year.

My name is Abdul Aziz Ansari (sometimes known as just Ansari), and I am going into my second year studying Architecture and Building Technology (ABT). Since I joined BCIT, I have worked as a volunteer and a set-rep, and hope to carry forward this spirit of community.

Previous to this I have had experience as an IB Council leader, student mentor, and coach, during high school. I also run a discord server which has first and second year ABT students. I hope to improve anything I can for you, whether it be something small and routine, or something large and unusual.

A few key problems I aim to address if elected:

Transitioning into the BCIT lifestyle for new students, providing support options and infrastructure for integration (textbook prices?)
Creating a program which interlinks students from all years, building a community instead of being disconnected
• Encouraging feedback about instructors, giving students a safe place for complaints and issues that they would like to raise
Having interesting guest speakers from a variety of different work environments come in, giving students a taste of what different industry jobs are like (future options)

I invite all students to let their voices be heard at the upcoming elections, and would be grateful if you all supported me for your next TCE.

Daniel Wong Chair of the Specialized Transport Campuses (STC)

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My name is Daniel Wong and I am in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer ‘Category M’ program at the Aerospace Technology Campus. I am running for the Chair of Specialized Transport Campuses because I want to represent the voices and serve the needs of all students in unique programs across our specialty campuses. My primary goal during the term is to ensure students and set representatives from the specialized transport campuses have a strong path of communication to voice any ideas, issues, and concerns.

My background as a leader in a youth organization of 60 people and my current service as a Canadian Forces member gives me a strong understanding that every individual has necessities and desires they may or may not want to express. My duty is to ensure a safe environment is available for people to express themselves.

Outside of school and leadership, I enjoy hiking, canoeing, volunteering, photography, and plane spotting. My love for volunteering comes from my desire to support and serve my community and the people within. As a student at a specialized transport campus, all of my fellow students are a part of my community and will receive my full support. If you need help or have ideas or concerns, I will hear you out. You have my word, I will support you.

Students may contact me at

Matthew Puyat Chair of the Downtown Campus (DTC) Candidate

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Hello everyone! My name is Matthew Puyat and I’m running for Downtown Campus Chair! As a current student councillor and an executive of the computing club, I have gained valuable experience reaching out to fellow students and advocating for their needs and interests.

Becoming Downtown Campus chair will allow me to serve your interests at a greater capacity. One of the efforts I will continue pursuing is the improvement of our recreational facilities. Every semester, the gym has always been a topic of interest. Fellow students, I hear you and so if I am elected, I will continue the good work of advocating for better gym equipment.

Thank you,

Matthew Puyat

The Student Council, composed of the Executive Board and Councillors, is made up of twelve elected Executives and two dozen appointed Councillors. Each of these positions is responsible for overseeing the Student Association and advocating for students. These students contribute their time and effort towards improving campus life for their peers and moving our organization forward.

Click here to learn more about the current BCITSA Executive Board. Do you still, have questions? Your Executives are happy to discuss their roles, just reach out and book a meeting. Benefits of the role include a monthly honorarium, office space, discounts at BCITSA businesses, and an opportunity to develop leadership skills and make a positive difference for your fellow students.

Positions Available

Vice President Equity & Sustainability
Chair, Specialized Transport Campuses

Candidate Eligibility

Be a member in good standing with the BCITSA.
Be enrolled in a full-time program OR at least three Flexible Learning courses.
Have a minimum of sixty-five percent (65%) previous term GPA (any candidates with no GPA at all should contact the Elections Administrator).
For candidates from ATC, must have a minimum of ten (10) months left in their consecutive study period as of June 1st.
Not have previously been impeached by Council.

Candidates may request, under the Bylaws, that the Elections Committee waive or relax the GPA, course load, or ATC requirements. Please contact for further information.

This page lists the responsibilities of all twelve seats on the Executive Board. During the 2023 Spring by-election, applicants are being sought for (1) the VP Equity & Sustainability position and (2) the Chair of the Specialized Transport Campuses position.

All Student Executives are expected to attend all scheduled Executive and Council Meetings, be informed and inform students of all things BCITSA, maintain a minimum GPA & course load during their term and submit bi-weekly progress reports. In addition, Student Executives have the opportunity to lead and help implement projects to enhance student life.

President (1)

The President chairs the Board & is responsible for leading the Council and Executive team.

President Duties (1)

Chairs the Council and Executive meetings
Is the official spokesperson for the BCITSA
Ensures that the Executive Members are fulfilling their duties
A voting student representative on the Board of Governors

Serving as a student executive has been one of my most rewarding experiences at BCIT. As a student executive, you’ll have the opportunity to work with SA staff, BCIT’s senior leadership team, and local elected officials to make BCIT the educational experience of a lifetime for nearly 48,000 students. Rarely do post-secondary students have an opportunity to influence positive change on such a large scale.

Vice Presidents (4)

The four (4) Vice Presidents perform specific duties and tasks that contribute to overall student development.

VP Finance & Administration
Chairs the Bylaw Committee and Finance Committee
Assumes responsibilities of President in their absence
Ensure financial reports are submitted to Council and the AGM
Represents the BCITSA in any health & dental negotiations
VP External
Chairs the Advocacy and Policy Committee
Promotes and maintains good public relations with surrounding communities
Liaises with Ministry and Government regarding issues that affect BCIT
Represents BCITSA on the BCIT Alumni Board and any lobbying efforts
VP Student Experience
Chairs the Clubs Committee and Selection Committee
Handles student issues and concerns, academic and non-academic
Liaises with BCIT on all matters affecting student life
A voting student rep on Education Council
VP Equity & Sustainability
Chairs the Equity & Sustainability Committee
Advocates for increased equity and inclusivity on campus
Champions sustainability initiatives
Promotes BCITSA alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Chairs, Schools & Specialty Campuses (7)

The seven (7) Chairs perform duties and tasks specific to the School or Campus they represent and focus on issues specific to their School or Campus.

Chair, School of Business + Media;
Chair, School of Health Sciences;
Chair, School of Energy;
Chair, Schools of Transportation, Construction & the Environment;
Chair, School of Computing & Academic Studies;
Chair, Downtown Campus;
Chair, Specialized Transport Campuses

Organizes and chairs monthly Set Rep meetings
Appoints Student Councillors from their School or Specialty Campus
Liaises between Council and their respective School or Specialty Campus
In the case of TCE Chair, acts as chair of the Student Spaces Development Committee

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023

    Notice of Nominations on

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023

    Notice of Nominations on via BCITSA Newsletter

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - 9:00 am

    Nominations are now officially open
    Nominations forms available at the BCITSA SE2 3rd-floor reception
    Forms are also available online, by 9:00 am

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 12:00 pm

    Nominations close
    Deadline for Nomination Form – Please submit to BCITSA via email ( Late submissions will not be accepted.
    Candidates may also be able to drop off their forms at BCITSA SE2 3rd Floor Reception. Please communicate in advance if this is your preference.
    Optional date to submit campaign materials for approval
    (Campaign materials may also be submitted at any time after this date)

  • Monday, May 8, 2023

    The mandatory All Candidates Meetings (“ACM”), are to be scheduled in consultation with candidate applicants (likely times include 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 7:30 pm)
    In-person and virtual options are available, ATC and DTC students will be accommodated

  • Campaign Period – Tuesday, May 9, 2023 to Friday, May 19, 2023

    Campaigning may only begin once the BCITSA has officially approved an applicant’s candidacy
    Continues until voting has concluded

  • Voting – Friday, May 12, 2023 to Friday, May 19, 2023

    Starts: Friday, May 12th at 12:00 pm
    Ends: Friday, May 19th at 12:00 pm

  • Friday, May 19, 2023

    Submit campaign budget and checklist to CRO ( by 4:00 pm

  • Friday, May 19, 2023

    The official declaration of results will take place at 5:00 pm in Council Chambers (SE2 3rd floor)
    Results will then be published on the website and social media

  • Saturday, May 20, 2023 - End of day

    Deadline to remove all printed materials, such as posters
    Online campaign material is not subject to this rule
    Any appeals of the election results must be received within 24 hours of the results being declared

Role of the CRO & the Elections Committee

It is the role of the Election Committee to oversee the smooth operation of the BCITSA elections & by-elections in conjunction with the Elections Administrator. The Election Committee is chaired by the CRO. Errors in the interpretation of the bylaw may be appealed to the Appeals Committee, whose decision is final and binding. The Election Committee is mandated to ensure that the election process invites the participation of the electorate, and ensures both fairness and transparency for each of the candidates.

Appeals Committee

Call for Applications

Are you interested in helping your BCITSA administer elections and by-elections?

The BCITSA is recruiting applicants for paid student positions on the Appeals Committee.

The BCITSA is still recruiting for positions on the Appeals Committee. All spaces on the Elections Committee have been filled at this time.

View the job description below:
3 positions available

Please submit your resume to:

Questions & Info?

Elections Administrator Contact Information

All complaints must be placed in
writing to the Elections Administrator via e-mail.


Mobile: 604-836-5357

Important Links

Candidate Application Package
Elections Overview
Campaign Rules
Post-Campaign Forms
Elections Logo