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The electronic poll for the 2017 UWSA Election is open and will remain open until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
You will need your WatIAM userid and password to submit your vote.
If you are unable to vote electronically paper ballots are available. Please see the Voting instructions and regulations (PDF) for details on how to obtain and submit a paper ballot. Paper ballots must be received before 4:30 p.m. on October 19, 2017.
If you have any questions about the election process, please contact the Chief Returning Officer, Joe Allen.
There are two ballots for UWSA Board of Director positions:
- President-elect: one position available (one candidate)
Note: Even though there is only one candidate for President-elect, the candidate must receive a majority of votes (i.e. more votes in favour than ballots declined)
- Directors: two positions available (4 candidates)
President-elect: Candidate Profile
- Graduate Student Association
- 519-888-4567 x36015
- COM 103
I came to University of Waterloo in 1977, as a student and graduated from the Faculty of Environment Studies.
My experience as a staff member spans over thirty years.
In 1984 I was hired by the Federation of Students (FEDS) and worked as the Assistant Manager of Fed Hall-the early years, and Manager of the “Campus Shop”.
In 1998 I was hired by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) to “fix” the operations of the Grad House, and provide support to the graduate student leaders in restructuring the GSA. Over the past nineteen years, the GSA has undergone significant changes to its governance structure and continues to evolve as a corporation, with a cash flow of over 3 million and membership of over 5500 graduate students.
My role within the GSA is multi-faceted; I am the General Manager, the Corporate Secretary, the Treasurer, and a Support Person/Navigator of University policies. In the last role I try to help graduate students overcome challenges while at Waterloo.
I serve as a resource for the GSA Board of Directors, and GSA Council, their Executive Committees, and served many internal committees, the latest being the Audit and Risk Committee, Finance Committee, and Budget Committee. I represent the GSA on the Working Group on International Travel Issues, the UW Child Care Committee, the Course Evaluation Project Team, and served as a resource for the Policy 33 Review Committee.
I currently serve as a UWSA Area Rep, and on its Sub-Committee - Area Rep Outreach.
I am passionate about representation, and will work hard to ensure that staff perspective and welfare continues to be present at University administrative and decision making bodies, that the workplace is safe, equitable and inclusive, and that the UWSA leadership is respected and empowered to be the voice of all staff in our community.
I am confident that my experience with the GSA as an advocate for graduate students will translate well in a leadership role as an advocate for staff.
Director: Candidate Profiles
- Dean of Engineering
I have been a proud member of the Staff Association since beginning my employment with the University of Waterloo 29 years ago. I have grown to be more appreciative of the time and effort put into representing staff and improving life as a staff member at Waterloo since serving as a Director on the Staff Association Board from November 2009 to October 31, 2011. I strongly believe that we all have a part to play in making Waterloo a great place to work and I believe that acting as a Staff Area Representative since 2007 has provided me the opportunity to stay connected with what the Staff Association does, and how I can support those efforts. I feel that I am now in a place in my personal life where I would be able to maintain a healthy work/life balance with the additional demands the role of a Director would add. I look forward to continuing to support Staff efforts in whatever capacity I can and would love the opportunity to continue these efforts as a Director.
I’ve been in the UWSA President’s role for over 3 years now. This has been an exciting and challenging position that I’ve really enjoyed. I want to extend my term, now as a Director, so I can continue my work on a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with UW for staff, and my work on UW’s Policy 33 - Ethical Behaviour Review Committee. Both of these endeavors will have significant impacts, not just on all staff, but the entire University. During my tenure as President I’ve dug deeply into many large issues and worked with many UW employees and departments. I want to continue to bring this experience to the MOA negotiations, the Policy 33 Review, and all the other issues our Board of Directors deals with. You can see more about me on my LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelherz/. Please vote for me so that I can continue to bring forward your interests.
Throughout my career, the most rewarding work has been in improving work processes and helping people and organizations learn.
I joined Waterloo in 2006 as a Field Co-ordinator and now work for Co-operative Education & Career Action (CECA) as a Student Advisor. In these roles, I have managed relationships between thousands of student employees and their employers. As a specialist in Employment Relations, it gives me great satisfaction to help parties develop mutually-agreeable solutions to conflict. I am thus following up on my Master of Business Administration in Organizational Behaviour with training in Employment Mediation at Conrad Grebel University College.
Prior to joining Waterloo, I created solutions for Big Pharma as a Process Improvement Engineer. I led teams at Sanofi Aventis and Johnson & Johnson, where we used the Six Sigma methodology to increase manufacturing productivity by up to 50 percent. These improvements helped reduce the cost of drugs, like the Polio vaccine and Tylenol, that improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world.
Waterloo’s reputation for excellence and innovation is due in large part to our tremendous staff. As a Director of the uWaterloo Staff Association (UWSA), I want to ensure that staff are recognized for their important role as we jointly work toward future successes.
With your support, I would be honoured to serve on UWSA. Should you have questions, we can chat at extension 36051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Tim Ireland and I am currently a Librarian at UWaterloo. I have been at the University since arriving here as a student in the late 1980s. My job experience includes several departments on campus: Graphics; the UMD Library; The School of Optometry. Now I call the Dana Porter Library home. As a staff member, I have been working at UWaterloo since the last millennium (1990s).
Some of the University Committees on which I have participated include: The Staff Grievance Committee; Joint Health and Safety Committee (for which I am also a past Chair); LEO (Learning Environment Operations); and numerous Library Committees. I have also been involved in many Inter-University Committees. This diverse experience has allowed me to develop a skill set to work as part of a team to accomplish (sometimes seemingly contradictory) goals.
I currently have the honour of representing Waterloo Staff as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Staff Association. In this role, I have participated in many committees including PACSC (Provost’s Advisory Committee on Staff Compensation), The Staff Enhancement Grant committee, and The Staff Excellence Fund Committee. I was also selected by the UWSA President to participate in the RFP for the Staff Compensation Review and the Policy 14 Review Committee.
I have found that being a member of the UWSA Board of Directors for the past three years has been interesting, exciting, and rewarding. My main goal in being a Board Member is the make the University of Waterloo one of the top workplaces in Canada. I look forward to representing YOU!