University Council Nomination and Election Process

Eligibility to nominate, to vote and to stand for nomination and election is governed by University Council By-law C: Elections and Appointments to the Council.


All alumni are invited to nominate fellow alumni to run for a four-year position on the University Council. Nominations must be submitted by alumni (via the online Nomination Form) and received by the University Secretary on or before a date specified by the University Secretary.

To be nominated, a candidate shall be nominated by at least two Alumni nominators. Additionally the Nominating Committee shall have the right to nominate candidates as it sees fit each year.

In order to help University Council achieve the goal of reflecting the diversity of Canadian society, alumni are encouraged to consider individuals from equity deserving groups such as women, Black, racialized and Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, and persons who identify in the 2SLGBTQ+ community when nominating a candidate.

The Executive Committee will establish the ballot for the election and the Secretary of the Council shall immediately notify the nominees of their nomination.  

The 2022 election is now closed.

2022 Election Results

The successful candidates for the 10, four-year term positions are: (listed alphabetically)

  • John Armitage 
  • Elena Christopoulos 
  • Dr. Kieva Hranchuk 
  • Chessa Jope 
  • Erin Polansky
  • Saara Romu 
  • Frannie Shen 
  • Amrita V. Singh 
  • Susan Smith
  • Elaine Wu 

The successful candidate for the 1, two-year position is:

  • Heather Black

Nomination Form

The 2023 nomination form will be available in spring 2023.


Once the nomination period closes, nominees who received the requisite two nominations will be contacted by the Secretariat regarding next steps. Nominees will be asked to complete an online form and provide the following:

  • Statement of Interest: detailing the nominees motivation(s) for joining University Council and what they wish to achieve and/or contribute during their term (max. 300 words);
  • Biographical Sketch:  citing degrees with years, city of residence, job title (if applicable), undergraduate and alumni activities, volunteer/professional affiliations, etc. (max 150 words); and,
  • Photograph (optional but encouraged).

The election shall be conducted in a manner and at such time or times as determined by the Nominating Committee, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee of the Council.

The 2023 election will be held online from in June 2023, at a date TBC by the University Council Nominating Committee.

All valid ballots received by the Secretary of the Council on or before a date specified by the Nominating Committee shall be tabulated under the supervision of the Secretary of the University on the next working day. A tie shall be broken by lot. The Secretary of the Council shall then prepares and signs a report on the election results and forwards it to the Executive Committee.

The Secretary of the Council will immediately notify the successful candidates.  The election results are announced on the University Secretariat website and in the Queen's Alumni Review.

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