From committees to elections to getting involved in groups external to the MES, extracurriculars are a crucial part of university life. Not only do they support experimental learning but working in teams on non academic projects helps to create well rounded students. Check out the below tabs to see how you can get involved in the MES.
There are many different committees run by the MES which are open for everyone to join! Most committees involve a simple application process, so be sure to contact the respective chair if you wish to get involved.
|Advertising Committee||Helen Zhu, Zaid Khan & Alex Samahafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alumni Affairs Committee||Alex Moica & Graeme Woodsemail@example.com|
|Awards Selection Committee||Christos Liaconisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Culture Committee||Chantal Ullyet & Jake Mortonemail@example.com|
|Delegate Selection Committee||Melissa Cusackfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Editorial Review Committee||Emma Levyemail@example.com|
|Elections Committee||Michael Barbosafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Engineering Endowment Fund (MacLab Board of Directors)||Nicolas Rotellaemail@example.com|
|First Year Club||TBAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Janitorial Committee||Jed Gonzales & Michael Maseremail@example.com|
|Kipling Committee||Marina Manoraj & Cynthia Phamfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|McMaster Engineering Competition (MEC) Organizing Committee||Aya Aboughanememail@example.com|
|MES Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee (MESUSAC)||Ian Curriefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Newsletter Committee||Chelsea Miller & Vincent Popovitchemail@example.com|
|Orientation Committee||Marc Peters & Santiago Verafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Public Relations Committee||Alex Moica & Graeme Woodsemail@example.com|
|Social Committee||Leisha Fernandofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sponsorship Committee||Erin Nunnemail@example.com|
|Sports Committee||Marc Godin & Jonathan Wangfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wellness Committee||Quinn Shobbrook & Jeremy Wilsonemail@example.com|
Elections are held in two stages: first is the Presidential Election, followed by the General Election. All elected MES Council members hold voting rights at Council sessions.
In early February, those wishing to run for MES President must first fill out an nomination form by obtaining 20 signatures from MES members to show support for their candidacy. The candidates will then begin a week long campaign where they will try to gain support for their presidential campaign. At the end of the week, all MES members are invited to vote for their candidate of choice via an online ballot. Votes are then tallied in a preferential vote style and the new President is announced at the Fireball formal.
After the presidential elections, MES General Elections are held for all other voting positions. These elections are held in early March and are run in the same fashion as the presidential elections; however, Department/Program Rep positions are only voted on by members of those Departments/Programs.
If only one person is running for a position, they must still obtain a vote of confidence to ensure the MES population supports the individual wishing to secure the position. This is represented by the “Reject” option on the ballot: selecting this indicates your lack of confidence in the candidate. Conversely, selecting “Abstain” indicates that you are impartial, and that you essentially support the candidate’s claim for the position. If the candidate fails this vote (Reject wins), the position will then be put up for a by-election. Any positions with no candidates running for them will also be put through a by-election.
List of Elected Positions
- Vice President, Student Life
- Vice President, Finance and Administration
- Vice President, Academic
- Vice President, External Affairs
Associate Vice Presidents:
- Associate Vice President, Events
- Associate Vice President, Clubs and Sponsorships
- Associate Vice President, Services and Productions
- Civil Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Computing and Software (CAS)
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Engineering Physics
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Bachelor of Technology
- Engineering and Management
- Engineering and Society
- Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering (BEAMS)
- First Year (6 representatives: 3 from Eng 1, 1 from B-Tech, 1 from Computer Science and 1 from I-Biomed)
You can also join the MES council by applying for an appointed position on council. These positions do not have voting rights, as their position was not secured by support of the MES population.
Those wishing to occupy one of the appointed positions must fill out an application and submit it to the President. After all submissions are received, candidates will be interviewed by members of the new and old executive teams. These interviews are typically run during late March. Some positions may be held by up to 2 people simultaneously.
List of Appointed Positions
- Lounge Coordinator (up to 2 people)
- Chief Returning Officer (CRO)
- Co-orientation Coordinators (2 people)
- Culture Coordinator (up to 2 people)
- Drain Coordinator (up to 2 people)
- Fireball Coordinator (up to 2 people)
- Kipling Coordinator (up to 2 people)
- IT Coordinator (up to 2 people)
- MacLab Chair
- McMaster Engineering Competition (MEC) Coordinator (up to 2 people)
- Trailer Maintenance Coordinator (up to 2 people)
- Plumbline Editor (up to 2 people)
- Frequency Editor (up to 2 people)
- Handbook Editor (up to 2 people)
- Academic Resources Coordinator (ARC) (up to 3 people)
- Advertising Coordinator (up to 3 people)
- Equity Officer
- Sports Coordinator (up to 2 people)
- Public Relations Coordinator (up to 2 people)
Groups and Teams
The MES supports a number of different groups and teams which offer great opportunities for students to develop their skills outside of a classroom environment. Involvement in the various groups and teams requires differing levels of commitment and it is best to talk with one of the senior members of the group before joining.