You can help improve the future student experience!

You will build your leadership skills!

You will gain real-life work experience!

It looks great on your resume!

You’ll make friends for a lifetime!

Curious about the election process?

Each year, eight students are elected as Directors on the CSI Board of Directors to represent the students of Conestoga College and set the organization’s future vision.

Of the eight Directors, one Director position is reserved for an Indigenous student to ensure Indigenous voices are represented at the highest decision-making level of CSI.

Together, these individuals take your experiences, feedback, and opinions to heart and decide how CSI should serve you and make your student experience the best it can be!

Want to get involved and run for a position with the Board of Directors?

Check out the three steps below.

Step 1: Nominate Yourself

To run in the CSI Board of Directors election, you must nominate yourself as a candidate

Any student seeking to run in the election must:

  • Be a fee-paying member of Conestoga Students Inc.
  • Not have a Co-op from September to April,
  • Be at least 18 years old,
  • Have a 70% average in the prior semester (unless it is your first semester), and
  • Have a clean College Code of Conduct, a clean CSI Code of Conduct, and be a member in good standing.

If you meet these requirements, you can complete a nomination package! Nomination packages require you to:

  1. Obtain 10 student signatures, (this is not required if you are applying for the indigenous student role)
  2. Obtain 2 faculty signatures,
  3. Submit a 500-word application outlining who you are, why you are running, and what will make you a good student leader,
  4. Submit your most recent Student Achievement Record (if applicable),
  5. Agree to a college record check, and
  6. Submit your bio, platform, and picture.

CSI also prohibits candidates from printing extra flyers, using social media, and co-campaigning.
Fill out an application form here

  • Why should I run for the CSI Board of Directors?

    Running for the CSI Board of Directors provides you with the opportunity to represent other students and have their voices heard about the issues that matter to them. It also will allow you to network with Student Leaders from across Canada, advocate at all levels of government to improve student supports, and learn and grow professionally!

  • What is the time commitment?

    20 to 30 hours per month. This time will be used for preparations for board meetings, mandatory attendance during board meetings, roundtables, committee meetings, conferences, and event attendance as required.

  • Do I need any previous experience to be successful?

    No, you do not need previous experience. We encourage diverse backgrounds with diverse skill sets that share a passion for your fellow students and the college community. CSI will provide all the training you need to be an effective and efficient Board member.

  • What is a Nomination Package and when is it available?

    A Nomination Package is a document you must complete to run for a position as a CSI Director. The package asks you for your personal information and outlines the job description, election rules, and other important details.

    Nomination Packages will be emailed to you after you’ve filled out this form:

    Application Form

  • When is campaigning?

    Campaigning will take place from Monday, March 21, 2021 to Friday, April 1, 2021.

  • Where can I learn more about candidates?

    When campaigning begins, 2021, CSI will share a web page with information about each candidate for you to learn more about them before voting.

  • How do I vote for candidates?

    Check your Conestoga College email on Monday, March 28, 2022, for a link to vote electronically. You will be asked to choose at least one (1) candidate, up to a total of seven (7) candidates.

  • What will I do in my role?

    You will help set the strategic vision of the company. This is just a fancy way of saying you will influence the way CSI operates in the future from the services we provide to the priorities we focus on advocating for and more!

  • Is this a paid position?

    Elected Directors receive a bi-weekly honorarium.

  • Do I receive CCR recognition for this position?

    Yes, you can receive CCR recognition.

  • When are Nomination Packages due?

    Once completed, you must submit it to the Primary Electoral Officer by Friday, March 11, 2022, at 2:00pm.

  • Does CSI provide any campaign supports?

    CSI does provide you limited campaign support. CSI will film a brief video of you introducing yourself and explaining your platform. The video will be published on CSI’s website along with your platform. CSI will also print and distribute a poster created by you to each campus for advertising.

  • When is voting?

    Voting begins Monday, March 28, 2021, and ends Monday, April 1, 2021, at 2:00pm.

Step 2: Campaign

Once you have nominated yourself and the Primary Electoral Officer (PEO) has verified your nomination package, it is time to prepare for your campaign.

Campaigning lasts for ten business days, and it is your time to pitch your campaign to other students to encourage them to vote for you.

Don’t let the thought of campaigning scare you!
CSI helps you during your campaign by:
  • Printing 50 flyers for distribution,
  • Hang posters, designed by you, across all campuses,
  • Facilitate hallway booth bookings, and
  • Record and share a promotional video of you on CSI’s website and social media accounts.

Step 3: Vote

The last step to running in the election is encouraging students to vote!

The final week of campaigning is also the voting week and takes place for five business days through online voting. After voting closes, the PEO will notify the candidates and release the results publicly through CSI’s communication platforms.

Want to get involved now?

Check out CSI’s employment positions, clubs, and events!