The SSMU Board of Directors governs YOUR Student Union. It is composed of members, just like you.
Please visit our “Board Structure” page under “How We Run” for more information.
1. By the Nominating Committee:
The Nominating Committee shall solicit, through an application process, and nominate four (4) Members who are not members of the Legislative Council to the Board of Directors, in accordance with Section 6.2 hereof.
2. By Appointment:
The Legislative Council shall nominate four (4) members of the Legislative Council, who are not Officers, to the Board of Directors, in accordance with Section 6.2 hereof.
3. By Election:
Some officers elected for the Executive Committee have seats on the Board; these are:
In the event that one or more Officers holding ex-officio seats on the Board of Directors do not meet the requirements provided for in Section 6.3 hereof, their seat shall be filled by another Officer.
Note: the Vice-President (Sustainability & Operations) position has not been elected since summer 2017.
The Executive Committee, governs the Society between meetings of the Board of Directors, in a manner not inconsistent with a Policy set out by the Board of Directors. It comprises seven (7) elected officers and the ex-officio non-voting General Manager.
Note: These qualifications do not apply to the General Manager.
It comprises seven (7) elected officers and the ex-officio non-voting General Manager.
The Officers of the Society shall be the following: the President, the Vice-President (Student Life); the Vice-President (Internal Affairs); the Vice-President (External Affairs); the Vice-President (Finance), the Vice-President (Sustainability & Operations); and the Vice-President (University Affairs).
The Legislative Council is the representative and political body of the Society.
All Members shall be eligible for appointment as a Councilor. No Member may hold more than one position on the Legislative Council
Thirty (30) councilors are 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.
Student Senators represent the student body at McGill’s Senate. The McGill University Senate is a governing body tasked with general control and supervision over the academic matters of the University.
The elections are done through each faculty association and school. See your faculty or school association’s website for more information.
A referendum is a vote held by an organization to determine its membership’s position on a particular question. The outcome of a referendum is binding, i.e. the organization must take steps to comply with the outcome of the vote.
Referenda can be either student-initiated or council-initiated. Either way, the question must get approval by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Elections SSMU before it can be put on the ballot. The CEO ensures that the question is neutrally posed and complies with the other rules relating to referendum questions contained in the Constitution and Internal Regulations.
The Legislative Council decides whether to have a direct and binding measurement of student opinion on an issue. Usually, Council-initiated referenda are limited to issues where Council is required to get approval from the membership for some measure it wishes to undertake. When a non-binding opinion is desired, Council may also place plebiscite questions on the ballot.
2. Student-initiated referenda
This does not require the participation of Council at all. Any student may collect 500 signatures in order to have a referendum question placed on the ballot. Provided that all of the rules are properly followed, the question will be placed on the ballot at the next referendum period. It is important to note, however, that student-initiated referenda may not alter the composition of the Society’s staff or any financial matters of the SSMU.
Members of the SSMU participate in direct democracy by voting in referendums, held once a semester (early November and early March).