Legislative Council

Legislative Council

The Legislative Council is the legislative arm of the SSMU. Thirty councillors elected by specific constituencies, including school and faculty associations and councils representing particular student demographics, and the seven (7) SSMU Executives comprise the voting members of Council. The Speaker, Parliamentarian, General Manager, and Recording Secretary are non-voting members. According to Article 3 of the SSMU Constitution, Council is the governing body of the Society and “shall be empowered to make all decisions and take all actions on behalf of the Society.

All SSMU members are welcome to attend open sessions of Council, which are generally held every second Thursday beginning at 6pm. In the Fall 2021 semester, all sessions of Council will be conducted via Zoom. If you would like to attend these online sessions as a member of the gallery, please fill out this form.

For 2021-2022, the dates of Council are:

Fall 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 6:00PM EST via Zoom
Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 6:00PM EST via Zoom
Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 6:00PM EST via Zoom
Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 6:00PM EST via Zoom

Winter 2023

Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:00PM EST via Zoom
Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 6:00PM EST via Zoom
Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 6:00PM EST via Zoom
Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 6:00PM EST via Zoom

While Council is run according to Code Véronneau, its proceedings should be accessible to all members; don’t hesitate to ask the Speaker, Parliamentarian or a Councillor (including Executives) how you can participate in the debate. Council meetings can last several hours, so if you are interested in a particular issue, it may be wise to check the agenda in advance and/or ask a Councillor to contact you (e.g. by text message) when the item relevant to your issue is coming up. The agenda order can also be amended to accommodate your schedule, so get in touch with a Councillor if this is something you require. You can peruse its agenda and “documents in advance” (reports of Executives and Committees, as well as proposed resolutions and policies) below.

Council Documents 2022-2023

Speaker of Council & Parliamentarian

Speaker of Council acts as the chair of Council. They are responsible for the smooth procedural functioning of Council meetings which includes the call to order (which opens the meeting), granting the floor (i.e. giving people permission to speak) and stating motions and putting them to a vote. The Speaker is guided in their tasks by Code Véronneau in addition to the Constitution, Internal Regulations and any relevant resolutions of Council.

Parliamentarian is also responsible for running Council with the Speaker. While the Speaker controls the floor and grants Councillors speaking rights in an appropriate fashion, the Parliamentarian takes care of the organization, projection and amending of motions and reports during Council.

Committees of Council

SSMU Committees make recommendations to Council on everything from the allocation of funding to student groups to the approval of new clubs to the adoption of new policies. Each Councillor sits on at least one SSMU Committee. The Committee Terms of Reference contains all of the information about the various committees at SSMU.

Representatives

The voting members of SSMU’s Legislative Council comprise thirty councillors elected by specific constituencies, including school and faculty associations and councils representing particular student demographics, and the 6 SSMU Executives. The Speakers, Parliamentarian, General Manager, and Recording Secretary are non-voting members.

Councillors’ primary responsibility is to represent the interests of their constituencies in SSMU governance. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your representatives!

This year’s representatives are:

Constituency Name Email Address
Arts Yara Coussa artsrep1@ssmu.ca
Arts Avishai Infeld artsrep2@ssmu.ca
Arts Ghania Javed artsrep3@ssmu.ca
Arts Charlotte Gurung artsrep4@ssmu.ca
Arts and Science Leo Holton artscirep@ssmu.ca
Athletics Sedami-Habib Djossou athleticsrep@ssmu.ca
Clubs TBD clubsrep1@ssmu.ca
Clubs Nadia Dakdouki clubsrep2@ssmu.ca
Dentistry Han Wen Yu dentistryrep@ssmu.ca
Education Justin Liao edrep@ssmu.ca
Environment Katie Thomas envirorep@ssmu.ca
Engineering Hiraku Murakami engrep1@ssmu.ca
Engineering Julie Bellia engrep2@ssmu.ca
First Year Council (FYC) Lucille Applegate fycrep@ssmu.ca
Inter-Residence Council (IRC) Carolina Zveiris ircrep@ssmu.ca
Law Arnaud Desrochers lawrep@ssmu.ca
Management Nathaniel Saad managementrep1@ssmu.ca
Management Mary Zhang managementrep2@ssmu.ca
Medicine Benson Wan medicinerep@ssmu.ca
Music Mitra Khodadadi musicrep@ssmu.ca
Nursing Emily Eiley nursingrep@ssmu.ca
PT/OT Elisa D’Amore ptotrep@ssmu.ca
Science Asma Khamis sciencerep1@ssmu.ca
Science Emaan Qazi sciencerep2@ssmu.ca
Science Andres Perez Tiniacos sciencerep3@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus artssenator1@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus
Services Nathan Claret servicesrep@ssmu.ca
Social Work TBD socialworkrep@ssmu.ca
Non-Voting Members of Council
Position Name Email Address
Speaker of Council Alexandre Ashkir speaker@ssmu.ca
Speaker On-Call speaker@ssmu.ca
Parliamentarian Jasleen Kaur parliamentarian@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary recsec@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary recsec@ssmu.ca
General Manager gm@ssmu.ca