These are all of the positions on the Board of Directors. During the course of the school year, all of these positions will have a person voted in.
The President is responsible for chairing all Executive Council meetings and supervising and directing the duties of the Executive Council as well as the Student Council. The President acts as Spokesperson for the CUS and maintains relations with key Sauder School of Business contacts. He/she coordinates with the Alma Mater Society Representative to maintain relations, communications and representation of the general membership of the CUS to the Alma Mater Society (herein referred to as the AMS). He/she ensures regular attendance of the AMS Council by him/herself or an appointed proxy. The President announces and holds office hours at least twice weekly, totalling no less than three (3) hours. He/she exercises due diligence at meetings and enforces compliance with the Constitution. In addition, the President performs duties required to further the mission of the CUS. 1 President is elected.
“The President of the CUS is the chair of the executive committee and the primary spokesperson for the CUS. Playing a role in both strategic and operational sides of the Society, the CUS President is responsible for making sure that the organization is coordinated toward the mission of cultivating the personal, professional and academic success of its members.” – Johannes Rebane, 2011-2012 President
The Senator fulfills the duties, responsibilities and obligations of the position of Student Senator as dictated by the rules and regulations governing the UBC Vancouver Senate. He/she attends all UBC Senate meetings and Student Senate Caucus meetings and represents the best interest of the general membership of the CUS. He/she liaises with the university community, UBC Administration, President, Board of Governors and Chancellor. The Senator actively participates in Senate Committees. The Senator is also responsible for promoting strong interfaculty relations. 1 Senator is elected.
“Students Senators have a unique opportunity to be involved in the academic governance of the University. As a member of the University’s Vancouver Senate, they are able to involve themselves in committees tasked with issues ranging from setting admissions criteria for the university, determining academic policy, and reviewing curriculum changes, to hearing final appeals on disciplinary decisions or considering candidates for honorary degrees and emeritus status. Representing Commerce undergraduates through this position is an incredible experience through which you meet many faculty members and students with similar interests in other faculties and can build your own understanding of how a University functions.” – Cole Leonoff, 2013-2014 Senator
Alma Mater Society Representative
The Alma Mater Society Representative coordinates with the President of the CUS to maintain relations, communications and representation of the general membership of the CUS to the AMS. He/she actively participates in AMS Committees and attends AMS activities and events to represent the CUS. He/she announces AMS activities and events to the general membership of the CUS and inversely announces CUS activities and events to the AMS. The AMS Representative ensures attendance of the AMS Council by him/herself or an appointed proxy. He/she is also responsible for promoting strong interfaculty relations. 1 AMS Representative is elected.
“The AMS Representative position liaises between the CUS Board of Directors and AMS Council. As a director of both societies, the AMS Representative is responsible for overseeing responsible budgets, involving student members in opportunities, making strategic decisions, and communicating events and news between the societies. Within both societies, committee involvement in external, internal, policy, or student life affairs adds to the success of the position.” – Lauren Telford, 2013-2014 AMS Representative
The Ombudsperson investigates and makes a report based on any complaint or question that a CUS member has with the CUS and its organizations, directive from the Board of Directors or the Executive Council, or observed violations of this Constitution. He/she recommends a course of action to the Board of Directors or the Executive Council or any of the Society’s organizations where such action is necessitated. The Ombudsperson represents or ensures representation for any active CUS member in approaching the Sauder School of Business in individual matters. He/she holds no less than three (3) office hours and two (2) days per week during the academic year, excluding exam periods. He/she attends all CUS Board of Directors and Executive Council meetings. The Ombudsperson acts in an impartial and unbiased manner in the exercise of his/her duties and maintains confidentiality with respect to all matters. The Ombudsperson must also complete equity training as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors and/or the AMS. 1 Ombudsperson is elected.
“The diverse responsibilities of the Ombudsperson range from ensuring equitable and fair representation amongst CUS members to serving as an advocate for students. From your personal office, your tasks vary from investigating hiring discrepancies to conducting mediations. It is up to the Ombudsperson to take the initiative and actively encourage students to voice their concerns. As a member of the Executive Council and Board, you will also gain a unique insight on the strategic decision-making process of the CUS. The position is truly what you want to make of it and the great people you will meet throughout your term makes it a truly rewarding experience.” – Tom Tang, 2013-2014 Ombudsperson
Year 1 to 4 Representatives
Year 1 Representatives are responsible for representing the opinion and position of their respective constituents while adhering to the mission of the CUS. They attend all CUS Board of Director meetings and actively participate in the committees of the Board of Directors. Representatives ensure due diligence is performed prior to making a decision and maintain up-to-date contact information. 2 Year Representatives of each year will be elected.
“The main responsibility of a Third Year Representative is to act on behalf of students, expressing their concerns and opinions. Therefore, to understand the needs of students around you is quite important; this includes not only academic issues, but anything that concerns a Sauder student, a member of the CUS. You also have the chance of being part of the Budget Committee, the Hiring Committee, the Clubs Review Committee, the Policy Committee, and the Academics Committee.” All of these committees are consist of both Board members, Executives, and students, and can affect the CUS in various ways. At the end of the day, beside these ‘optional’ commitments (only meetings and other miscellaneous tasks are mandatory), it is what you believe to be the most valuable tasks to take on which will benefit the student body in the coming years.” – Tony Han, 2013-2014 3rd Year Representative
“As an elected CUS second-year representative, you will hold a unique position responsible for acknowledging and voicing the ideas and concerns of the constituents who voted and put their faith in you. The position is flexible in that it allows you to pursue specific committees, projects, and changes you feel will best create positive change for your constituents, while allowing you to utilize your individual talents and strengths. Personally, helping to mold the strategic direction for the largest business school organization in Canada has also allowed me to grow my confidence professionally. From campaigning to voting in board meetings, representing my Sauder peers on the CUS board of directors has been one of my most rewarding experiences at UBC.” – Ben Garinder, 2013-2014 2nd Year Representative
“Being elected as a year representative on the Board of Directors is very rewarding. Your fellow classmates put their trust in you that you will speak out for the all constituents, the students you represent, when discussing issues and making decisions. From my experience, this role really helps develop a strong interest in the operations of our undergraduate society and it really shows you how things are run behind the scenes. Through my experiences in this role, I have been able to meet more people in our faculty and become more knowledgeable in the campus issues.” – Mark Sha, 2013-2014 2nd Year Representative
“Sauder; one of the highest quality business schools in the world and just by being first year representative for this institute has been a challenge but at the same time a reward. By transmitting the personal opinions and best interests of 1st Year Students through Board of Director meetings is our job and I believe we have done this successfully. Conclusions have to be based on solely the thoughts and preferences of the 1st year class and this experience is one that has taught us to collaborate in one team to benefit each individual. Putting in the social skills in order to see what our respective constituents desire brings us the power and responsibility to make our statement in front of the Board – a dedicated, rewarding life changing experience.” – Christopher Rey, 2013-2014 1st Year Representative