University of Calgary Students' Union

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University of Calgary Students' Union
Institution University of Calgary
Location Calgary, Alberta
President Stephan Guscott
Vice presidents Alicia Lunz (Academic), Tristan Bray (External), Patrick Ma (Student Life), Branden Cave (Operations & Finance)
Affiliations CASA, CAUS
MacEwan Student Centre

The University of Calgary Students' Union is the collective voice of the 25,000 undergraduate students, even the bad ones, at the University of Calgary. Every Undergraduate registered at the University of Calgary is a member of the Students' Union. The Students' Union is a multifaceted organization serving as part student government, part lobby group, and part business. Students are elected to serve on the Students' Union for one year following elections held each March.

Students' Legislative Council[edit]

The Students' Union's highest governing body is the Students' Legislative Council and it is where all resolutions, major policies, and positions are voted on. It consists of the five executives and 19 faculty representatives.

Current 2016-2017 Students' Legislative Council[edit]

President: Stephan Guscott

Vice President Academic: Alicia Lunz

Vice President External: Tristan Bray

Vice President Student Life: Patrick Ma

Vice President Operations and Finance: Branden Cave

Faculty of Arts Representatives:

  • Matt Abalos
  • Frank Finley
  • Peter Friedrichsen
  • Courtney LeBlanc

Faculty of Science Representatives:

  • Balraj Brar
  • Tina Miller
  • Zachary Risdon

Haskayne School of Business Representatives:

  • Maximillian Hum
  • Ryan Wallace

Schulich School of Engineering Representatives:

  • Jennifer Le
  • Zareen Tasnim

Werklund School of Education Representative:

  • Carson Reveen

Faculty of Kinesiology Representative:

  • Sagar Grewal

Faculty of Law Representative:

  • Mark Shearer

Cumming School of Medicine Representatives:

  • Steeven Toor
  • Sam Sirianni

Faculty of Nursing Representative:

  • Jessica Revington

Faculty of Social Work Representative:

  • Deanne Arada

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Representative:

  • Erik Burow

Non-voting Officials

  • Shubir Shaikh (Board of Governors)
  • Julie Le (Senate)
  • Kyle Schole (Senate)

Faculty Representation[edit]

There are currently 18 Faculty Representatives on the Students' Legislative Council which is based on a representation by population model. Every undergradaute faculty is represented by at least one Faculty Representative with a representative gained for every 2000 students in a given faculty. All faculties with less than 2000 students registered have one Faculty Representative. Once a faculty reaches the 2000 student threshold it will have two representatives and when a faculty reaches the 4000 student threshold it will have three representatives etc.

Faculty representation is as follows:

  • 4 Faculty of Arts
  • 3 Faculty of Science
  • 2 Faculty of Business
  • 2 Faculty of Engineering
  • 1 Faculty of Education
  • 1 Faculty of Kinesiology
  • 1 Faculty of Law
  • 2 Faculty of Medicine
  • 1 Faculty of Nursing
  • 1 Faculty of Social Work
  • 1 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Provincial and Federal Representation[edit]

Federally, the University of Calgary Students' Union participates in the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations and provincially, they are a member of the Council of Alberta University Students.


As a student-led and staff-run organization supported by student volunteers, the Students' Union has a diverse organizational structure to manage the scope of its businesses, services, programs, and events. Under the direction of elected student leaders, the SU has a team of approximately 50 full-time staff, more than 200 part-time staff, and more than 300 volunteers who deliver a wide range of services to the organization and undergraduate students. The SU operates MacEwan Student Centre and has services including Bound and Copied (the campus copy centre and cheap book store), Stör (a convenience store), the Den and Black Lounge (a full-service restaurant and bar), the Campus Food Bank, “Mac Hall" concert facilities, and MacEwan Conference and Event Centre within the building. The proceeds of these operations are reinvested directly into SU student programs, awards, and events. Additional services include the off-campus housing registry, campus lost and found, travel and conference funding, campus "Safewalk," various awareness weeks, Cinemania movie nights, and the time-honoured end-of-year tradition "Bermuda Shorts Day."

Dispute Over MacHall[edit]

The Student Union at the University of Calgary is currently in a dispute with the university itself over the ownership over the MacHall. The Students Union claims that they own 55% of the building, back from an agreement back in 1969, while the university denies this. Though the students union attempted to solve the issue quietly, there had been on-going negotiations around MacHall, on October 21, 2015, the SU sued the University of Calgary over the dispute. In the past, the University wanted to treat the SU as tenants, as opposed to the partial owners of the building, and the University the sole owners but the SU refused because it would lower their revenue and not allow them to decide what the building is used for. [1]

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