Board Structure & Committees

The UTSU is the primary student government for over 38,000 undergraduate students at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus.

The UTSU is governed by a Board of Directors and Executive Committee of elected student representatives from all undergraduate divisions. Elections take place in the spring and the fall. The current Board of Directors, including the members of the Executive Committee who all serve on the Board, has over 40 seats which represent the various constituencies and undergraduate divisions of the U of T St. George Campus. It is important that all students have a voice in the governance of their student union.

The University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) and operates independently from the University of Toronto.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is responsible for providing advocacy and organizational direction of your student union each year. It consists of a President and five Vice-Presidents who are elected annual in the spring to represent the interests of the U of T undergraduate community. The positions of the Executive Committee are as follows:

The President and the Vice-President Operations serve as members of the Management Committee of the UTSU along with the General Manager. These three positions are responsible for leading and organizing the rest of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and the staff team of the UTSU each year.

  • President
  • Vice-President Operations
  • Vice-President Public & University Affairs
  • Vice-President Student Life
  • Vice-President Equity
  • Vice-President Professional Faculties
  • General Manager (ex-officio)

Board of Directors

The UTSU uses a mixed system of representation by population to make sure that as many constituencies as possible are represented on the elected Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has seats for colleges and academic divisions or program areas. The number of seats for each constituency is directly related to its population, ensuring that students are being fairly represented according to the number of students who are registered in each constituency.

Students are classified as being from “Division I” if they come from a Faculty of Arts & Science program or the Transitional Year Programme, and “Division II” if they come from a professional faculty program. While exceptions sometimes exist, a full list of the divisions who are represented on the Board of Directors is provided below.

Division I Division II
Innis College Applied Science and Engineering
New College Architecture and Visual Studies
Micheal’s College  Dentistry
Trinity College Kinesiology and Physical Education
University College Law
Victoria College Medicine
Woodsworth College Music
Academic Divisions (x6)

  • Computer Science
  • Humanities
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Rotman Commerce
  • Social Sciences
Nursing
Transitional Year Programme Pharmacy
Toronto School of Theology
Professional Faculties at-large

Both Division I and II Directors are elected based on a customized proportional representation system. These seats are called “constituency seats,” and are based on the student population at each of the different colleges and faculties. The current system of thresholds for representative seats is laid out below:

Number of Students Registered in a Constituency Number of Seats
25-1,999 1
2,000-3,999 2
4,000-8,999 3
9,000-15,999 4
16,000-24,999 5

With the exception of academic director positions and professional-faculty at large positions, all Division I and II seats are based on this proportional representation model. Occasionally, the number of seats on the Board of Directors will change based on fluctuations in enrollment numbers in each constituency. When this happens, seats are added or removed.

For a more technical and legal breakdown of how our board of directors is organized, please feel free to review Bylaw V – Board of Directors from our Bylaws.

Committees

The UTSU’s ten committees assume responsibility for seeking and reviewing information, forming positions, and making recommendations to the Board and the Executive. Committee members are elected by the Board and meet in-between Board meetings. Each committee has a specific mandate, and all decisions made at the committee level are then sent to the Board of Directors for approval. The committees are listed below.

Executive Committee The Executive Committee is the chief decision-making committee of the UTSU, and oversees the day-to-day activities of the UTSU. The Chair of the Executive Committee is Alexa Ballis, President.

 

Alexa can be reached at: president@utsu.ca

Campaigns and Outreach Committee The Campaigns and Outreach Committee organizes the UTSU’s various campaigns and outreach initiatives. The Chair of the Campaigns & Outreach Committee is Alexa Ballis, President.

 

Alexa can be reached at: president@utsu.ca

Clubs Committee The Clubs Committee allocates funding to student clubs, and discusses the UTSU’s policies surrounding student groups. The Chair of the Clubs Committee is Maria Lin, Vice-President Student Life.

 

Maria can be reached at: vpstudentlife@utsu.ca.

Elections and Referenda Committee The Elections and Referenda Committee oversees and administers all elections and referenda held by the UTSU. The Chair of the Elections and Referenda Committee is Alexa Ballis, President.

 

Alexa can be reached at: president@utsu.ca

Executive Review Committee The Executive Review Committee investigates complaints against members of the Executive Committee, and when required, makes recommendations for disciplinary action. The Chair of the Executive Review Committee is Elad Dekel,

 

Elad can be reached at: elad.dekel@utsu.ca

Finance Committee The Finance Committee oversees all the financial operations of the UTSU, including the budgeting process. The Chair of the Finance Committee is Fiona Reuter, Vice-President Operations.

 

Fiona can be reached at: vpoperations@utsu.ca.

 

For questions pertaining to the budget, financial reporting, and operations of the UTSU, please contact Fiona.

Services Committee The Services Committee reviews and recommends changes to the services provided by the UTSU. The Chair of the Services Committee is Fiona Reuter, Vice-President Operations.

 

Fiona can be reached at: vpoperations@utsu.ca.

Student Aid Committee The Student Aid Committee provides financial aid to students in need. A visit ca/financial-assistance for more information. The Chair of the Student Aid Committee is Fiona Reuter, Vice-President Operations.

 

Fiona can be reached at: vpoperations@utsu.ca

Governance Committee The Governance Committee is tasked with providing good governance, maintaining the Bylaws and Policies, and other governance aspects of UTSU. The Chair of the Governance Committee is Fiona Reuter, Vice-President Operations.

 

Fiona can be reached at: vpoperations@utsu.ca

Equity and Accessibility Committee The Equity and Accessibility Committee advises the UTSU on matters of equity and inclusivity and ensures that the UTSU is acting equitably. This committee also oversees all operations related to the Equity Collectives and their leadership. The Chair of the Equity and Accessibility Committee is Reva Aggarwal, Vice-President Equity.

 

Reva can be reached at: vpequity@utsu.ca.

 

For questions pertaining to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility-related services and programming at the UTSU, please contact Reva.