Board & Committees

The Students’ Union Board of Directors is composed of thirty-nine elected representatives including five Executive members, faculty representatives, and constituency representatives. Elections for these positions are held annually in March. A by-election to fill vacant positions is held in the Fall Semester.

The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the Students’ Union and meets weekly throughout the year to discuss issues of concern to students. The Board is also responsible for organising campaigns and services of the Union, and ensuring that they meet the needs of members.

Board members are required to serve on at least one Students’ Union committee. These committees report to the Board on a regular basis to inform its decisions on matters such as finances, entertainment, campaigns, and the Union’s health and dental plans and other services.

Executive (5)
The Executives are elected student representatives that work full-time hours in office and out. These students are mandated to a 9-hour credit limit per semester while enrolled. They each have duties unique to their portfolio, projects they can spear-head along side their respective committees, and day-to-day or annual duties that arise shared by all. They manage the operations and services of the union collaboratively, and exist as a non-hierarchy – meaning all executive have the same level of authority.

  • Director of Advocacy  –  Matt Barter
    <advocacy@munsu.ca>
  • Director of Campaigns – VACANT
    <campaigns@munsu.ca>
  • Director of External Affairs, Communications & Research  –  Renata Lang
    <external@munsu.ca>
  • Director of Finance & Services  –  Sophia Solomon
    <finance@munsu.ca>
  • Director of Student Life  –  Bailey Howard
    <studentlife@munsu.ca>

Directors At Large (5)

  • Director at Large  –  Tina Rahimi
  • Director at Large  – John Godfrey
  • Director at Large  – Hanaa Mekawy
  • Director at Large  – Jil Madamiedon
  • Director at Large  – VACANT
    <directoratlarge@munsu.ca>

Constituency Representatives (10)

  • Indigenous Students’ Rep –  Jordan Collier
    <aboriginal@munsu.ca>
  • International Students’ Rep  – Andre Santoso
    <internationalrep@munsu.ca>
  • Queer Students’ Rep -VACANT
    <lbgtrep@munsu.ca>
  • Students with Disabilities Rep – VACANT
    <accessibility@munsu.ca>
  • Student Parents’ Rep – Petra Chaffey-Johnson
    <parentsrep@munsu.ca>
  • Women Students’ Rep  – Courtney Jones
    <womensrep@munsu.ca>
  • Paton College Rep- VACANT
    <patoncollegerep@munsu.ca>
  • MacPherson College Rep – VACANT
    <towerrep@munsu.ca>
  • Burton’s Pond Rep – VACANT
    <burtonspondrep@munsu.ca>
  • Part-time Student Rep  – VACANT
    <parttimerep@munsu.ca>

Faculty and School Representatives (19)

  • Humanities & Social Sciences Rep. – Nikki McIntyre
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Rep. – Isabella Fahey
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Rep. – Taryn McLachlan
    (x3) <artsrep@munsu.ca>
  • Business Admin Rep. – Uzair Mansoor
  • Business Admin Rep. – Justin Lopinski (semester abroad)
    (x2) <businessrep@munsu.ca>
  • Centre for Nursing Studies Rep.  – Juliana Collins
    <cnsrep@munsu.ca>
  • Engineering Rep  – Jennifer Bennett
  • Engineering Rep  – Keegan Brophy
    (x2) <engineeringrep@munsu.ca>
  • Education Representative  – VACANT
  • Education Representative  –  VACANT (x2)
  • Human Kinetics & Recreation Rep  – Nehara Herat
    <hkrrep@munsu.ca>
  • Medicine Rep  –  Kayleigh Maxwell (interim)
  • MUN Nursing Rep – Paul Bulai
    <munsonrep@munsu.ca>
  • Music Rep  – Michael O’Keefe
    <musicrep@munsu.ca>
  • Pharmacy Rep  – VACANT
  • Science Rep  – Carmen Fang
  • Science Rep  – Meriel Fitzgerald
  • Science Rep  – Laura Hillier
    (x3) <sciencerep@munsu.ca>
  • Social Work Rep  – Dominique Dawe
    <scwrkrep@munsu.ca>

The Advocacy Committee is chaired by the Executive Director of Advocacy and is responsible for: i. ensuring student representation on all committees and decision-making bodies at Memorial, and ensuring that all student representative seats are filled by members of the Union appointed by the Union; ii. researching issues and undertaking initiatives and campaigns to improve the academic well-being of students; and iii. overseeing the advertising and nomination of student Senate and Regent appointments, and approving the appointment of those student representatives.

The Campaigns & Action Committee is chaired by the Executive Director of Campaigns and is responsible for: i. organizing initiatives and campaigns to improve accessibility to post-secondary education, and coordinating all campaigns and government relations work of the Students’ Union; ii. defending the on-campus and off-campus rights of students whenever they are threatened; and iii. identifying issues which are of concern to students as members of the wider community, and organizing initiatives and campaigns to reflect the role of students as members of civil society.

The Finance & Services committee is chaired by the Executive Director of Finance & Services and is responsible for: i. reviewing, on an ongoing basis, the services of the Students’ Union, as well as any proposals to improve or alter those services, developing proposals for any new services, implementing and promoting Students’ Union and Federation services, as appropriate; ii. soliciting membership feedback on services of the Students’ Union and Canadian Federation of Students; iii. handling health and dental plan appeals; iv. developing the annual budget of the Students’ Union, in consultation with all; v. relevant parties, and presenting it to the Board and to the membership for ratification, and proposing revisions of the budget to the Board when necessary; and vi. reviewing the finances of the Students’ Union on a regular basis, so as to ensure compliance with the budget.

The Membership Engagement Committee is chaired by the Executive Director of External Affairs, Communications, and Research, and is responsible for: i. periodically reviewing the efficacy of the Constitution and Bylaws, and proposing revisions as necessary; ii. coordinating yearly review of MUNSU Policy Manual; iii. overseeing and enhancing promotional initiatives and communications of the Students’ Union, both internally toward its membership and externally to community; iv. working to engage the membership of the Students’ Union in the initiatives and services of the Union.
The Student Life committee is chaired by the Executive Director of Student Life and is responsible for: i. overseeing the membership structures of the Students’ Union, including but not limited to clubs, societies, and Resource Centres; ii. overseeing and administering the provision of grants to members and to membership structures; and iii. coordinating membership-wide events such as, but not limited to, Winter Carnival and Welcome Weeks.

Chaired by the Women’s Representative and a female member of the Executive and is responsible for: i. identifying barriers to women’s full participation in university life, developing strategies to address these barriers, and advancing women’s equity in the University community; ii. ensuring that the specific needs and concerns of women are being addressed in all of the work undertaken by the Union; and iii. membership shall be open to all members of the Students’ Union self-identifying as women.

Chaired by the Executive Director of Finance and Services and is responsible for: 

i. advertising vacant employment positions with the Students’ Union;
ii. interviewing candidates for all employment positions with the Students’ Union (with the exception of bargaining unit positions which shall be conducted in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement);
iii. reviewing periodically the efficacy of the Students’ Union Employment Policy and proposing revisions as necessary; and
iv. familiarizing themselves and the workplace with up to date labour policies and legislation.

Chaired by the Executive Director of Student Life and is responsible for:

i. the promotion, review, and disbursal of the following grants and awards of the Students’ Union:
1. Conference Hosting Grants,
2. Impact Awards,
3. Individual Merit Funds,
4. Special Project Grants;

ii. reviewing the efficacy of these grants and awards, and proposals for new grants or awards;

iii. ensuring the efficiency of grant and award disbursal systems to ensure that members are properly communicated with and receive approved grants in a timely manner.

Chaired by the Chief Returning Officer (or a delegate) and is responsible for:

i. conducting hiring processes for elections staff, including but not limited to the Chief Returning Officer, Deputy Chief Returning Officer, and polling captains;
ii. supervising, in collaboration with the Chief Returning Officer, all elections and referenda of the Students’ Union, and assisting in their successful implementation;
iii. handling any appeals from candidates or referendum teams, according to the processes outlined in the bylaws and the Elections Policy;
iv. reviewing any issues arising from elections or referenda, and bringing issues or proposed revisions to existing policies to the Board; and
v. periodically reviewing the efficacy of elections and referenda processes and recommending revisions wherever appropriate

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