General Elections 2021

The campaign period is officially underway for The Engineering Society at UBC's Spring General Elections! Voting will be occurring online from March 1st at 8am PST to March 2nd at noon PST. Ballots will be emailed to all engineering students. For more information email cro@ubcoengineers.com.

 

Candidate bios for all candidates are further down this page. To view the candidates' speeches as well as their written answers to submitted questions, click the button below!

Candidate Bios

EXECUTIVES

PRESIDENT
Manoela Tozzi
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First off, thank you all for your support in all my past leadership involvements. My journey as a student leader has been long and hard, full of lessons and challenges. As a first year rep, I was taught about all the policies, bylaws and constitution that the EngSoc follows. As VP Corporate Relations I made connections and represented the school on an industry level, while getting event planning experience. This year as VP Internal I established a closer connection with the SoE, and learned to serve for both students and faculty. 
This year, I bring to the table my past experiences, along with new ideas and initiatives to establish a solid foundation for long term improvement in the society. I won't be hesitant to allow change, where change is needed. With my knowledge, I plan to provide support for all members, such that they never feel limited when pursuing an initiative. Lastly, and most importantly, I plan to effectively communicate the purpose, the mission and the engagements of the council, with both students and faculty.

PRESIDENT
Colin Mattinson
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I decided to run after seeing the displeasure from my fellow students about the societies policies and communication practices. I do not believe in complaining but doing. As such I am running for president as I believe it is the position that best enables me to lead and make the necessary policy changes. To this end I believe my previous involvement with Concrete toboggan has well prepared me for this role. I have had to interact and advocate with staff, I have had to make difficult decisions during the pandemic and most importantly I have had to lead a team to achieve a common goal. With this experience in hand I hope to shift the status quo through updating the societies communication channels to be able to reach all students, expanding the availability of resources to clubs and most importantly actively advocating on your behalf with university. Those who know me will advocate that I do not stay silent when there is an issue at hand and if elected, I will make sure that that issue is your issue. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas feel free to contact me at mattinsoncolin@gmail.com and put me to the test.

VP COMMUNICATIONS
Ayush Mujumdar
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Hey, my name is Ayush Mujumdar and I am a 2nd year Mechanical engineering student currently interested in running for the VP of Communication within the Engineering society. Communication is an integral part of any organization which allows individuals to voice out their opinions and allow for strategic development around the distribution of information in an effective and timely manner. This is the reason why I believe I am the right candidate to put forth the best effort to bridge the gap between providing meaningful opportunities for students and creating a space of innovation and inclusivity. My primary goal regarding this role will be to ensure students are held in the highest precedence while delivering effective opportunities through the access of various different online portals. Currently, Communications are restricted through the pandemic however, I aspire to get over this hurdle through maintaining informative platforms through the use of social media. Students will have access to various different career building opportunities as well as new projects that foster a healthy cooperative community. Through your vote, I guarantee to have your voices heard and assist you in your student goals at UBCO by reaching out to directors at engsoc. 

VP EXTERNAL
Srushti Parekh

Hi! My name is Srushti and I am running for the VP External position. My primary goal is to create more opportunities for the engineering community and make sure that we are well represented in events and conferences. I believe that there are many extraordinary students across the engineering society, and I want to be able to support them as much as possible as they build their career at UBCO. I believe that the most effective way to do that is to open up access to as many events and competitions as possible, and ensure a high degree of inclusivity. When representing the school at conferences and events, my main goal is to cater to the students, and ensure their voices and concerns are delivered appropriately. As VP external, I want to ensure open ended communication with the engineering community, and be able to give and receive as much information as possible regarding the role I play and the information I am relaying. Thank you for reading this far, and I hope I can count on your vote this election! 

VP EXTERNAL
Timmy Williams
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Hey everyone! My name is Timothy Williams (I also go by Tim or Timmy), a current 2nd year Electrical Engineering student. I'm running for VP External within the EngSoc. Within the first year of college I realized a couple things: 1) I needed to be more outgoing 2) I needed to take advantage of the opportunities that were available for me and 3) I needed to encourage others to do the same. While I was able to work on those first two aspects on a personal level, I thought that in order to fulfill my third goal I needed to run for a position that would let me exhibit these qualities and encourage others to do the same. I believe that I am the best suited person for VP External due to my past experience in network marketing, leadership qualities and agreeable nature. I will be a servant of the Engineering student body, and I hope to be able to lead initiatives that will benefit us all! An example of what I plan on doing is trying my best to represent engineering students on the national level at Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) conferences and at the local level at the Western Engineering Student Societies Team (WESST) conferences.

VP INTERNAL
Rahman Ganiyu
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Hey everyone! My name is Rahman Ganiyu, a second-year running for VP Internal. As a student myself, I know the joys and struggles we all go through. This is what motivated me to run for this position. The VP Internal is mainly responsible for connecting the University and students as well as organizing events (e.g. the Okanagan Engineering and the Trebuchet competition) while also fostering relations with the SUO. As VP Internal, I will undoubtedly do all the above to the utmost of my ability and much more. Perhaps plan something big for when everyone can return to campus? As a previous Academic Director and current Peer Mentor, I have had plenty of experience coordinating with teams to organize events and relay reports. It is also always easier to talk to a peer and so, as VPI, I would be glad to listen to everyone’s concerns, suggestions and relay them to the correct authorities. Working and communicating with my peers is something I enjoy so I look forward to working with the council and school to bring about an enjoyable year. I thank you for taking the time to read so far. You won’t be disappointed voting for me!

VP INTERNAL
Vrushank Kekre
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Hey guys! Hope you all are doing great. My name is Vrushank and I am delighted to inform you that I am contesting for the position of VP internal. To be honest, I was always shy as a kid. It was later in my primary schooling, I discovered that communicating with my fellow peers and working with everyone with a spirit of a goal oriented team is what I loved. With recent comments about our engineering society, I came to a realization that it is our duty to work with our fellow peers in bettering our society, rather than pointing fingers at each other. With the purpose of participating in such an organization by the engineers for the engineers, I decided to contest for this position. The responsibility of the role of VP Internal is mainly to be the bridge between the students and professors/administrators. It is a VP internals duty to communicate all of our problems and concerns to our professors. Along with organizing competitions such as Okanagan engineering competition and Trebuchet competition. I would be glad to hear all the concerns you have regarding our faculty, especially during and after this pandemic and deliver it to the professors. 

VP STUDENT LIFE
Leonardo Soares
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Hey everyone! My name is Leonardo Soares, I am from Brazil and I am a third year mechanical engineering student here at UBCO. After spending a year in the Engineering Society as a representative during my second year, I have decided to apply for the position of VP student life. For the past two years I have worked as a Residence Advisor because I am passionate about community building. During my time at UBCO, I got to experience a lot of engineering culture, such as E-week, Eng-Frosh, Winter Formal, and many other traditions which also exist in other engineering schools across the country. I want to be able to provide students with a similar experience so they can get to know the amazing culture that exists within the world of engineering students! Let’s hope COVID-19 backs off a bit next year!

VP CORPORATE RELATIONS
Andy Devarakonda
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Hey Everyone! My name is Andy Devarakonda, and I am running for the position of VP Corporate Relations. This post is the executive title for members who are involved in public relations for the Engineering Society. It requires talent and skill to acquire valuable grants and scholarships to fund projects for our engineering students. I am confident in my abilities to bring this funding for projects. My VP plans are to get grants and scholarships with industry professionals, provide numerous networking opportunities for our students, and bring publicity, funding, and connectivity for the Engineering Society. Vote for me, and I will make sure UBCO Engineering will be a shining beacon for innovation and inspiration

REPRESENTATIVES

SECOND YEAR REP
Kailey Beckie

My name is Kailey and I’m a first year Engineering student here at UBCO. I’m currently the 2020-2021 Engineering Society Social Director and am now running for Second Year Representative. I’m originally from Alberta but was attracted to UBCO’s small campus, academic reputation and, of course, by beautiful Kelowna. Outside of school I ski and just got into white water kayaking a few summers ago. I am running for second year representative because I want to get involved in my school community and make positive change for second year engineering students, especially while we’re attending university under such unique circumstances. 

SECOND YEAR REP
James Ropotar

James Ropotar will fight for you. I have worked for years as a representative for the School District 23 District Student Council, eventually serving as president during my senior year. I managed to secure proper representation of all people groups, and the interests of students there. My greatest achievement from it was reforming the structure of it, allowing for representatives to have the ability to properly represent students. I intend to further work for the interests of students within the School of Engineering as second year representative. I will work to mend the disconnect between the Engineering Society and the general student body. I will ensure your voices are heard. 

SECOND YEAR REP
Jeeya Sharma
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Namaste! My engineering people, I am Jeeya and my pronouns are she/her. 
I hope you guys are enjoying your time in the making as future engineers of the world. Our first year at university has been interesting to put it mildly, but we have grown into a better and stronger version of ourselves, even if we do not realize it yet. It has been a rollercoaster for a ride and will continue to be so. Thus, I want to take this opportunity and say that I will always be available for my fellow mates in every shape and form. I believe in having a strong sense of community and helping out people. I would stand up for your problems and try and be a bridge between you and the faculty. I’ll do everything in my power to help you to have the most amazing time as university students whether it be bringing in experienced professionals throughout the year that will discuss successful resume writing techniques for jobs tailored towards our careers or just being available to vent. I look forward to meeting you all in person (someday!!) and having a swell time on this daunting but amazing journey as engineers. 

MANUFACTURING REP
Aidan Mundle
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My name is Aidan Mundle, and I am running for the manufacturing representative position. I have loved the courses, connections, and experiences that I have had this past year with the manufacturing program, and would like to represent everyone's interests in conversations with the school. I am currently a second year student, who enjoys outdoor adventure, the arts, and design. I have previous experience as a second year representative, so I already have a figurative "foot in the door" with faculty and advising. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have as the election progresses! My email is aidan@mundle.ca