The Report of the Chief Returning Officer regarding the 2017 Spring Elections for the Student Association of George Brown College which was held on March 31 to April 7, 2017 

The Results of the 2017 Spring Election for the Student Association of George Brown College which was held on March 31 to April 7, 2017


Official Results (after recount completed)

poll number TOTAL
Director of Communications and Internal
Director of Campus Life
Director of Education
Director of Equity
Community Services
Accessibility Representative
Black Students Representative
Zhorrah GRANT 276
International Students’ Representative

Notice of Poll Relocation

Notice is given that Poll 05, “St. James Campus, Culinary School”, scheduled to be held in the main atrium of the Culinary School, 300 Adelaide Street, Toronto, Ontario on March 31, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. will be held in the lower lobby of the Culinary School, 300 Adelaide Street, Toronto, Ontario on March 31, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Candidate statements

Listed alphabetically by last name

Executive candidates

Director of Campus Life Candidates
Mercedes Burrowes (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)
Brittney DaCosta (Act Now!)

Director of Communications and Internal Candidates
Harjit Singh Dua (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)
Riddhi Modi (Act Now!)

Director of Education candidates
Mitchell Toye (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)
Tiffany White (Act Now!)

Director of Equity Candidates
Sheldon Mortimore (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)
Alex Stewart (Act Now!)

Director of Operations Candidates
Gemeda “Gem” Beker (Act Now!)—Acclaimed


Campus Director Candidates

Casa Loma Campus Director Candidates
Jasmyn St. Hilaire (Act Now!)—Acclaimed

Satellite Campus Director Candidate
Ashley Cammisa (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)—Acclaimed

St. James Campus Director Candidates
Calvin Bartholomew Soto (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)
Francis Torres (Act Now!)

Waterfront Campus Director Candidates
No candidates

Education Centre Representative Candidates

Art and Design Representative Candidates
Alejandro (Alex) Prieto—Acclaimed

Business Representative Candidates
Ron Greenberg -Acclaimed. No biography or answers provided.

Construction & Engineering Representative Candidates
No candidates

Community Service and Early Childhood Education Candidates
Tisha Graham (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)
Andrew Murrell (Act Now!)

Health Sciences Representative Candidates
No candidates

Hospitality and Culinary Arts Representative Candidates
Chioma Adaeze Ogbonna (Act Now!) —Acclaimed

Liberal Arts and Preparatory Studies Representative Candidates
Vanessa Truong —Acclaimed


Constituency Representative  Candidates

Accessibility Representative Candidates
Yuseph Jackman (Act Now!)
Charlie Tookalak (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue) – No biography or answers provided

Black Students Representative Candidate
Zhorrah Grant
Sabrina Mohammed – No biography or questionnaire provided

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Students Representative Candidates
Leslie VanEvery (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)—Acclaimed. No biography or answers provided

International Students Representative Candidates
Kushagra Manchanda (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)
Aman Sheth (Act Now!)

LGBTQ Representative Candidates
Garth Vernon (V3: Values| Voices| Virtue)—Acclaimed

Women and Trans People Representative Candidates
Tiah Mercedes Arlene Beckles (V3: Voices, Values, Virtues)—Acclaimed

Voting info

Am I a Member?

The corporation’s membership shall consist of all individuals who are either:

  1. Currently enrolled as students of George Brown College (“the college”) and either have paid the student activity fee for the current term of study or belong to a category of students in respect of which the corporation has accepted a grant in lieu of such a fee; or
  2. The elected members of the executive of the corporation as defined in these by-laws; or
  3. Currently enrolled students of George Brown College belonging to a category of students in respect of which the corporation has granted associated membership and negotiated the terms and conditions of membership fees.

If you are currently enrolled and have paid SA fees this year you are eligible to vote in this election.

What are the important election dates?

Important Election Dates are as Follows:

Nomination Period – Thursday March 9th to Wednesday March 15th (all nomination packages must be submitted by closing of office hours on March 15th to be valid)


All Candidates Meeting: Thursday March 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at King’s Lounge, St. James Campus (all candidates must attend this meeting)


Campaign Period – March 17, 2017 to April 7, 2017


Candidate Meet, Greet and Debates

Thursday March 30, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Waterfront Campus


Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Casa Loma Campus


Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

St. James Campus


Voting Dates – Friday, March 31, 2017 and  Monday April 3, 2017 to Wednesday April 12, 2017 9:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where will the voting take place?


Voting will take place daily at the following locations from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

St. James Polling Station, Kings Lounge

St. James Polling Station, Lower Lobby

St. James Polling Station, Culinary School

Waterfront Campus, main lobby

Casa Loma – Student Centre Food Court

Casa Loma – Upstairs Food Court

Casa Loma – Main Entrance

Ryerson University – 6th Floor SHE Building


Further there will be a mobile poll at St. James Campus and Casa Loma Campus on days TBA from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Students who require a calm environment for voting may make an appointment with these polling stations by email dro@sagbc.ca.


We ask you to vote at your home campus.  If for what ever reason you are unable to vote at your home campus, please contact us cro@sagbc.ca and we will make arrangements.

Special polls will be located at:   

Young Centre for the Performing Arts – April 3, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (for students in the programs at this location there only).  Students in the programs at this location may vote at St. James Polling Station, Culinary School polling station when this poll is not opened.


Sunnybrook Hospital –  March 31, 2017 from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. and April 4, 2017 11:00 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m. (for students in the programs at this location there only).  Students in the programs at this location may vote at the Waterfront Campus polling station when this poll is not opened.

What do I bring to the polling station?


In order to vote in the Student Association Election you must provide a George Brown College Student Card or valid ID.

What if I need assistance voting?

Each polling station will be equipped with the following:

    • Large print ballots.
    • Magnifying sheets to enlarge print.
    • Sufficient space at the voting booths for mobility devices.
    • Chairs (in case of long lines) for electors to sit in while waiting for their ballot.
    • Voter-assist consent/confidentiality agreements for those requiring another person to aid in their voting process.
    • All elections officials will be equipped with identification tags with their name and position listed prominently.
    • Each building will have signage prominently posted directing members to the polling stations.
    • If for any reason you need an alternative voting location, please contact the Deputy Returning Officer (dro@sagbc.ca) to make arrangement for the mobile poll to meet you.

About the ballot and voting process

In order to vote please arrive to one of our polling stations with your student card or government issued ID.  You will be given the ballot and then go behind our voting screen and cast your ballot.  After you cast your ballot you will be asked to put the ballot in the box.  Simple as that.

This year we will be using a composite ballot for the elections process.  A composite ballot is a ballot with all the positions the elector is eligible to vote for on it.  Here is an example of a composite ballot:




The first column will list the executive positions.  Everyone can vote for these positions.

The middle column will list the Campus Director, or Educational Centre Representative positions, depending on which program you are enrolled in the list will be different.

The last column is for Consistency Representatives, if you self identify with one of these groups please feel free to vote for that group.  You will no longer have to identify yourself to the polling stations officials if you identify with one of these consistency.

Here is an example of how to mark your ballot during the elections:


In each of these examples the choice of the voter is clear.


Here is an example of unclear voter choices which will result in your vote not being counted.


In each of these examples the choice of the voter is unclear.

If your name is not on the voters list but you wish to vote, we will give you a form and you simply have to go down to the Student Service Centre, get them to stamp it and take it to your polling station. Alternately, you may place your ballot in an envelope, fill out the form and leave it with poll officials and we will take care of looking after it for you.