NewsStudents' Union

2019 Students’ Council and General Faculties Council candidates announced

The list of students running for Students’ Council and General Faculties Council has been announced. Campaigning began on March 13, and voting will take place on March 20 and 21. A total of 26 candidates are running this year. However, many of the faculties have no students vying for their seats. All undergraduates at the University of Alberta can vote in this election.

Students’ Council 

Students’ Council consists of 33 student councillors representing 15 faculties, as well as the five SU executives and the Undergraduate Board of Governors Representative. A councillor’s duty is to consult and represent their constituents while guiding the direction of the Students’ Union as a whole. Councillors meet every second Tuesday to vote on bylaws and policies such as those that determine the Students’ Union’s stance on tuition, deferred maintenance, and other issues. Councillors also work with various committees and boards.

Agricultural, Life andEnvironmental Sciences (two seats)

  • Stephanie McKenzie

Augustana (one seat)

No candidates have been named.

Arts (six seats)

  • Juan Vargas Alba
  • Chris Beasley
  • Yiming Chen
  • Nelson Dakurah
  • Talia Dixon
  • David Draper
  • Abigail Isaac
  • Yejide Omotoso

Business (two seats)

  • Melinda Chisholm
  • Samir Esmail
  • Phoebe Marinakis

Faculté Saint-Jean (one seat)

  • Tahra Haddouche

Education (three seats)

  • Katie Kidd
  • Samantha Tse

Engineering (five seats)

  • Ayman Adwan
  • Amlan Bose

Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation(one seat)

No candidates have been named.

Law (one seat)

No candidates have been named.

Medicine and dentistry (one seat)

No candidates have been named.

Native Studies (one seat)

  • Nathan Sunday

Nursing (one seat)

  • Anthony Nguyen

Open Studies (one seat)

No candidates have been named.

Pharmacy (one seat)

No candidates have been named.

Science (six seats)

  • Adarsh Badesha
  • Simran Kaur Dhillon
  • Genna DiPinto
  • Ian Gatera
  • Mohamad Jamaleddine
  • Rojine McVea
  • Amber Sayed

General Faculties Council:

General Faculties Council (GFC) is the university body in charge of making decisions related to academics, such as program creation, suspension, curriculum changes and more. GFC consists of 158 members, including university administrators, deans, professors, and around 40 undergraduate student representatives. GFC meets every month.

Agricultural, Life andEnvironmental Sciences (two seats)

  • Stephanie McKenzie

Augustana (one seat)

No candidates have been announced.

Arts (eight seats)

  • Yiming Chen
  • David Draper
  • Abigail Isaac
  • Yejide Omotoso

Business (three seats)

  • Melinda Chisholm

Faculté Saint-Jean (one seat)

  • Tahra Haddouche

Education (four seats)

  • Samantha Tse

Engineering (six seats)

  • Ayman Adwan
  • Amlan Bose

Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation(one seat)

No candidates have been announced.

Law (one seat)

No candidates have been announced.

Medicine and Dentistry (one seat)

No candidates have been announced.

Native Studies (one seat)

No candidates have been announced.

Nursing (two seats)

  • Anthony Nguyen

Pharmacy (one seat)

No candidates have been announced.

Science (eight seats)

  • Adarsh Badesha
  • Simran Kaur Dhillon
  • Ian Gatera
  • Mohamad Jamaleddine
  • Rojine McVea
  • Amber Sayed

Correction – March 21, 2019: an earlier version of this article omitted Simran Kaur Dhillon and Amber Sayed from the list of science candidates running for General Faculties Council. This has been corrected.


Nathan Fung

Nathan Fung is a sixth-year political science student and The Gateway's news editor for the 2018-19 year. He can usually be found in the Gateway office, turning coffee into copy.

Related Articles