Thank you for your interest in learning more about the positions that the CUS is hiring for! These are all of the positions on the Board of Directors team. During the course of the school year, all of these positions will have at least one 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.
“Hey guys! My name is James. I’m currently serving as your AMS Representative. A little bit about me, I love to stay active and I often go hiking. I’m planning to go into Finance. I really enjoy my work because I get to meet all sorts of people, represent the student body, make impactful decisions, and host fun events! The AMS Rep is one of the few external roles within the Board, this means that I work both with the CUS, as well as the AMS! Not only do I get to work with dedicated people in my own faculty, I also get to meet others from differing faculties and join in on university-wide debates. So far, it’s been a wonderful experience, I have learned so much and I have no doubt that I will continue to grow. I really enjoyed elections. Yes, at times it was stressful. However, getting to meet new people and make new friends made it all worth it in the end. You also get to practise communicating and marketing yourself, which are useful skills in commerce! If any of you are interested in learning more, feel free to reach out!” – James Chen, 2020-2021 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.
“Being a third year representative has been an awesome learning experience. It is more than just representing third year students as it provides opportunities to be a part of various activities. I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Budget oversight committee, the vice chairperson of the awards committee and even play a role in some awesome initiatives. The vast number of services offered has allowed me to go beyond being a third year representative and connect with students of all year levels and passions around Sauder. When I was running for this position, I was unopposed. However, being surrounded by the “elections period” environment was truly exciting and definitely motivated me to take on this position. I have already learnt and contributed to various initiatives and with the CUS, there is always more to come!” – Dhiraj Hariramani, 2020-2021 3rd Year Representative
“Hi, my name is Philip Shi and I serve as one of the second-year representatives this year. One thing I like about being a year rep is connecting with students not only across my cohort but across Sauder. In fact, since the election in January, I had the chance to meet many new faces in the Sauder community that I have never met before. Through having quick conversations with them, I was able to hear their stories and understand the various issues that matter to them. An interesting thing about this role is the ability to work across portfolios. For example, I was able to help out with a variety of things from assisting with the budgeting process to supporting our newly created equity initiatives.” – Philip Shi, 2020-2021 2nd Year Representative
“As a second-year representative, being part of the board of directors has been a fantastic experience of my time at UBC Sauder. The position has granted me an opportunity to learn about the CUS from a closer perspective and bring meaningful change to the undergraduate society. Furthermore, it has been wonderful to meet different people from all walks of life and talking with them about what makes them tick. My favourite aspect of this opportunity was the election process; it requires you to put yourself in the spotlight, outside your comfort zone, to express your views and ideas to the rest of society. I enjoyed wearing a box around me as I hung posters on it to catch the eye of anyone passing by. Overall, my experience with CUS has been positive and encourage everyone to give it a shot. Although there is more work than I anticipated, I am grateful for my college life experience. I just wished I could have experienced this from the CUS lounge rather than my bedroom.” – Dhvanit Doshi, 2020-2021 2nd Year Representative
“My experience as CUS First Year Rep was incredibly eye-opening and engaging. Working hands-on with some of Sauder’s most involved and inspiring individuals really put me in touch with Sauder’s amazing culture as well as the opportunities that arose from it. Not to mention, campaigning was simply a ton of fun. As FYR, I hired and served on the First Year Committee, which planned multiple events and initiatives in collaboration with other faculties; in addition, my duties as a member of the Board provided insights into the inner workings of Sauder and the areas where our clubs, classes, and services can improve. Overall, I would highly recommend running for FYR to anyone entering Sauder – get involved!” – Kevin Yang, 2019-2020 1st Year Representative