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The Student Council, made up of the Executive Board and Councillors, are made up of the following elected positions. Each of these positions are 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, still have questions, book a meeting and ask them directly.

Important information: in addition to the BCITSA positions listed below, there are also student positions available in BCIT elections administered by the Institute in conjunction with our elections. These include one student on the Board of Governors and three students on the Education Council. Click here to learn more about BCIT’s student elections.

Positions Available

  • President
  • Vice President Finance & Administration
  • Vice President External
  • Vice President Student Experience
  • Vice President Equity & Sustainability
  • Chair, School of Business
  • Chair, School of Health Science
  • Chair, School of Energy
  • Chair, School of Transportation, Construction, and the Environment
  • Chair, School of Computing & Academic Studies
  • Chair, Downtown Campus (DTC)
  • Chair, Aerospace Technology Campus (ATC)

Candidate Eligibility

  1. Be a member in good standing with the BCITSA.
  2. Be a full-time student based on BCIT criteria or a PTS student taking a minimum of three (3) courses.
  3. Have a minimum of sixty-five percent (65%) previous term standing GPA (however, any candidates with no GPA at all should contact the Elections Administrator)
  4. For ATC chair only, be a full-time student in Level 1 or 2 of your first term.
  5. Not have previously been required to resign as an SA Executive, if (1) twelve months have not elapsed and (2) Council has not, by a 2/3 Resolution, permitted them to run.

Important information: in addition to the BCITSA positions listed below, there are also student positions available in BCIT elections administered by the Institute in conjunction with our elections. These include one student on the Board of Governors and three students on the Education Council. Click here to learn more about BCIT’s student elections.

The President chairs the Board & is responsible for the overall management of the BCITSA.

President
  • Presides over Council and Executive Committee meetings, sets and holds Executive Board meetings
  • Represents the BCITSA as the official spokesperson
  • Ensures the Executives carry out their duties described in the Bylaws
  • Can recommend to the Board that action be taken in cases where Executives are not fulfilling their duties
  • Sits on the BCIT Board of Governors
  • If a BCIT committee exists which is deemed to be of importance to students, the President will negotiate with the group to ensure the BCITSA has representation
  • One of the co-signatories on legal and financial documents

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

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

VP Finance & Administration
  • Ensures that all Council members receive a meeting agenda and associated materials at least 48 hours before each Council meeting
  • Manages the budget process and ensures the budget is presented to Council for approval by May 15
  • Obtains and evaluates monthly financial reports
  • Ensures that appropriate controls are in place for the disbursement of funds
  • Oversees the negotiations and contractual agreement with the health and dental service provider
  • Ensures that Executive progress reports are received on time
  • One of the co-signatories on legal and financial documents
  • Chairs the Bylaw and Finance Committees
VP External
  • Promotes positive relations with the BCIT community, external stakeholders, and all levels of government
  • Attends or oversees any BCITSA-related conferences to take place on- and off-campus
  • Liaises with provincial and federal ministries and government officials regarding issues that affect students, including all aspects of the U-Pass program
  • Represents the BCITSA at the BCIT Alumni Board and any government lobbying efforts
  • Keeps the Executive Board and Council informed of provincial and federal government policies that relate to the BCITSA or its members
  • Chairs the Advocacy and Policy Committee
VP Student Experience
  • Handles student issues and concerns
  • Liaises with BCIT on all matters affecting student life at BCIT (Recreation and Housing Services)
  • Liaises with BCIT to ensure the appointment of students to the Decision Review Board
  • Sits on the BCIT Education Council and the BCIT EDCO Executive Committee
  • Liaises with Satellite Councillors and the Housing Student Councillor
  • Provides support and assistance to all clubs and reports to Council as needed
  • Chairs the Clubs Committee
VP Equity & Sustainability
  • Advocates for increased equity and inclusivity on campus, collaborating with Advocacy staff as applicable
  • Champions sustainability initiatives
  • Promotes the alignment of BCITSA operations and values with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Liaises with BCIT Indigenous Initiatives, International Student Services, and Accessibility Services
  • Liaises with the Indigenous Students Councillor and International Students Councillor
  • Executes at least one project or initiative per term which promotes one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Chairs the Equity & Sustainability Committee
Chair, Schools & Satellite Campuses

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, School of Transportation, Construction & the Environment; Chair, School of Computing & Academic Studies; Chair, Downtown Campus; Chair, Aerospace Technology Campus
  • Chairs applicable Set Representative Committee meetings
  • Knows their constituency closely
  • Liaises with BCIT to resolve student issues and to ensure that Set Representatives are elected and trained
  • Expresses the viewpoint of their respective Schools or Satellite Campus to the Executive Board
  • Provides direction to the BCITSA members in the following areas: issues relating to instructors, access to administration, and access to Executives
  • Appoints Councillors from the membership of their respective Schools or Satellite Councillors, ensuring that they are as diverse as possible
  • The Student Spaces Development Committee shall be chaired by the Chair, School of Transportation, Construction & the Environment

 

Check back soon, we will be adding all our candidate’s bios to this section!

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021

    Nominations Open @ 9:00 am

    Nomination forms will be available online here, or by emailing elections@bcitsa.ca.

  • Monday, March 1, 2021

    Nominations Close @ 2:00 pm

    Deadline for Nomination Form – Please submit to BCITSA via email (elections@bcitsa.ca).
    Please text 778-834-4082 for confirmation, Late submissions will not be accepted.

    Suggested date to submit campaign materials for approval (materials may, however, be submitted at any time).

  • Monday, March 8, 2021

    All Candidates Meeting (“ACM”) Option 1

    One or more ACMs to be scheduled in consultation with the candidate applicants, exclusively digital and/or telephone.

    Candidate Attendance is mandatory on one of the two days.

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    All Candidates Meeting (“ACM”) Option 2

    One or more ACMs to be scheduled in consultation with the candidate applicants, exclusively digital and/or telephone.

    Candidate Attendance is mandatory on one of the two days.

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - Monday, March 29, 2021

    Campaign Period
    Includes the pre-voting period and the voting period

    Start: March 9 @ 6:30 pm
    End:  March 29 @ 12:00 pm

     

  • Monday, March 22, 2021 - Monday, March 29, 2021

    Voting Opens Online @ my.bcit.ca

    Start: March 22 @ 9:00 am
    End:  March 29 @ 12:00 pm

  • Monday, March 29, 2021

    Submit campaign budget & checklist to CRO by 4:00 pm

  • Monday, March 29, 2021

    The official declaration of election results at or after 5:00 pm

     
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021

    Deadline to remove all printed campaign materials & posters – 5:30 pm

Role of the CRO & the Elections Committee

It is the role of the Election Committee to oversee the smooth operation of the BCITSA Annual Election in conjunction with the Elections Administrator. The Election Committee is chaired by the CRO. Errors of 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.

Call for Applications

Elections Committee & Appeals Committee

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

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

Please send any questions to:

elections@bcitsa.ca

Please submit your resume to:

jobs@bcitsa.ca

Election’s Administrator Contact Information

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

E-mail: elections@bcitsa.ca     |     Mobile: 778-835-4082