Elections 2019


What are the UTGSU Elections?

The UTGSU Executive Committee represents 18,000 graduate students at the St.George, Mississauga and Scarborough campuses. They meet regularly with University of Toronto administration, student-focused departments, and community partners to discuss key issues that influence the graduate student experience. They also plan and collaborate on a variety of social events throughout the year. The Elections is your opportunity to vote for candidates that will represent you through the 2018-2019 academic year.

How to Vote

Voting in the 2019 UTGSU Executive Elections will be taking place strictly online through SimplyVoting.com. All graduate students will receive an email to their official University of Toronto email address on February 27th, 2019 from SimplyVoting. This email will provide a unique username and password for each student. Students must click on the voting link in this email and input the username and password provided to vote on the Simplyvoting.com website.

There are no physical polling stations on campus this year. Students requiring accommodations will be assisted on a case by case basis. If you have accessibility needs, you or a representative should contact Adrian Aziz, the Chief Returning Officer cro@utgsu.ca by March 4th, 2019 at 9:00am.

The Chief Returning Officer does not create usernames or passwords for this election. If you have any questions about how to vote please contact Adrian Aziz at cro@utgsu.ca.

Nomination Forms

Nominations Close February 15th, 2019m at 8:00 AM. To submit a nomination form, fill out and email a scanned copy of the nomination form to cro@utgsu.ca. The original nomination form must be brought to the All Candidate Meeting on February 16th, 2019. Click here to view the division breakdown for the Academics and Funding Commissioner positions.

Click here to view the Executive Committee Position Descriptions and Information

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1 & 2

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 3 & 4 

Civics & Environment Commissioner

External Commissioner 

Finance Commissioner 

University Governance Commissioner 

Internal Commissioner 

All Candidates Meeting

All Candidates must attend the All Candidates Meeting to discuss the election guidelines, policies, and procedures. This is a closed meeting and only candidates are able to attend.

Date and Time: February 16th, 2019 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Koffler Centre 569 Spadina Avenue, Room 207


For any questions relating to the 2019 UTGSU elections, please contact the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), Adrian Aziz, at cro@utgsu.ca.

Additional Information

The elections process pertains to the following subjects of action:

  • Election of the Executive of the Union as due process of the bylaws of the organization
  • Referenda submitted to the members of the electorate as due process of the bylaws of the organization

Both elections and referenda are subject to the Elections Code which further details the conduct and operating guidelines governing the elections process. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the content of our elections, or conduct during an election according to the bylaws, please contact the Chief Returning Officer at cro@utgsu.ca.

Current 2018-2019 Executive Committee

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1 & 2
Christopher Ball

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 3 & 4
Sophie McGibbon-Gardner

Civics & Environment Commissioner
Leonardo Jose Uribe Castano

External Commissioner
Cristina Jaimungal

Finance Commissioner
Branden Rizzuto

University Governance Commissioner
Sam Stead

Interim Internal Commissioner
Maryssa Barras