Elections 2019

UTGSU 2019 Unofficial Election Results

The Votes are in! The elections results are to be ratified at the March, 2019 Council Meeting. The UTGSU congratulates the following individuals on their election to the 2019-2020 UTGSU Executive Committee:

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1& 2: Christopher Ball

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

Civics & Environment Commissioner: Leonardo José Uribe Castano

External Commissioner: Maryssa Barras

Finance Commissioner: Branden Rizzuto

University Governance Commissioner: Lwanga Musisi

Internal Commissioner: Adam Hill

Thank you to all the candidates who ran, and all the students who came out to vote. If you have any questions, please email the CRO, Adrian Aziz at cro@utgsu.ca.

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 2019-2020 academic year.

Important Dates

Online voting begins at 12:01 AM on February 27th, 2019 and closes at 11:59PM on March 5th, 2019. 

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.

You can also vote using your UTORid account by clicking on the following link: https://utgsu.simplyvoting.com/ You will only be allowed to vote once in this election. The system will not allow you to vote before 12:01 am on February 27th. 

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.

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

Meet and Greet Candidates for UTGSU 2019 Executive Elections

Please drop by on February 26th at the Lounge in the Social Justice Education Department at OISE between 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm to meet the candidates. Refreshments will be served.

Department of Social Justice Education
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
12th Floor, 252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario 
M5S 1V6  


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

Additional Information

2019 Election and Referenda Code

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

Internal Commissioner
Justin Patrick
Executive at Large
Maryssa Barras