Presidential Election 2016

Voting is now over! Thank you to everyone who particiapted and all the candidates who ran. The next president of the MSU 2016-2017 has been elected, congratulations:

Justin Monaco-Barnes

Full results:
















Candidate Sarah Jama has been reinstated into the election after appealing the decision of the Elections Committee to disqulify her. For full coverage, clock here



The President is an important figure in determining the future direction of the MSU. This year we have five amazing candidates; follow the links bellow to learn about their platforms!


1 Minute Biography

Links to Platform


Michael Gill

My name is Mike Gill and I’m running to be your next MSU President. As a Level IV Integrated Science Students concentrating in math, I’ve been lucky enough to experience so much of what this amazing school has to offer. My vision for our community is born out of a deep belief that we can always do more, that this campus is capable of amazing change, and that we shouldn’t be afraid to push boundaries. Our plan is big; we have 38 platform points across 6 major themes, but I am ready for the challenge. 


Website 2 





Sarah Jama


Before I came to McMaster, I was someone who was used to having my voice ignored. I had never been involved in student politics. Then one day, I decided I was tired of having to jump through hoops around issues such as accessibility, tuition, or transparency discussed by the student union. It was not until I decided to run for a seat on the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) that I realized my voice mattered.

I occasionally take classes with my mom (who is a student here) and have made it my mission at McMaster to always stand up for what is right.




Justin Monaco-Barnes


My name is Justin Monaco-Barnes and I am graduating this year with a degree in English and Cultural Studies. I am currently the Service Coordinator for the MSU Underground as well as an aspiring film maker. I arrived at McMaster University with the intentions of doing something in life where I could be in a position to help others who needed it most. I plan on working at Disney/Pixar where I will be able to amalgamate my two passions toward a unified goal.






Medium_dsc_3450Devante Mowatt


Originally from Brampton, Hamilton has become my second home. It has nurtured my interests and created the person I am today. Running for MSU president would give me the chance to improve the quality of life for everyday students like myself. While there are many important issues around campus, I believe we should start at the core of what a student needs. Contrary to popular belief, simple does not always mean easy.






Medium_dsc_3453Jonathon Tonietto


Hi, I'm Jonathon (Toni) Tonietto, I'm set to complete a six year undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering and Society with Co-op, as well as two minors which have fabricated my sustainable development. I love this school, it's where I've made myself home for a quarter of my life. At McMaster I have grown to be the human being that I am today. I am so grateful for every moment, friendship, heartache, tear, laugh, smile and experience which this school has granted me. I would love nothing more than to create a community which fosters a similar experience for every student.






Want to see them in person? Come out to the Presidential Meet n’ Greet night for a casual atmosphere to get to know your candidates a bit better. Meet n’ Greet is in TwelvEighty from 7pm-9pm with free food!

Also come out to the Presidential Debate this Thursday January 21st from 3:30pm-5:30pm in MUSC Atrium.


Watch your mac emails from January 26-28 for an email on how to vote!





Update as of January 11: there has been an addendum to the rules (addition 4.23), please look below for the new rules. Changes are marked in red and highlighted in yellow. 

If you wish to take out a loan with the MSU, please inform us by Tuesday January 12th at 11:59pm. Contact us at elections@msu.mcmaster.ca.

Candidates are eligible for a discount at Underground for the duration of the campaign period. Printing will be set at a standard rate of 75 cents per page for coloured posters on 11"x17" tabloid paper only. 

Nomination Information:

If you're interested in running for MSU President, you can find all the necessary documents below, including the nomination form (hand in to  MUSC 201 by January 15, 2016 at 5PM) and rules.

If you have any interest in the position, check out our How Do I Run? page for a how-to guide!

If you are running, you must attend the All-Candidates Meeting that will take place Friday, January 15, 2016 at 6PM in Guilmour Hall 111. Campaigning will start January 17 at noon, polling will open online January 26 at 9AM, and both campaigning and polling will end January 28 at 5PM. On Tuesday January 19, 2016 from 7PM-9PM there will be a Presidential Meet n' Greet in TwelveEighty. In addition there will be an All-Candidates debate on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 3:30PM in the MUSC Atrium.

2016 Presidential Nomination Form

2016 Presidential Rules (updated)

2016 Presidential Campaign Team Form

2016 MSU Elections Complaint Form

2016 Expense Form

MUSC Poster Policy


The MSU President is elected annually by the MSU membership as outlined by the procedures in the MSU Constitutional and Bylaw 10. The elected candidate will subsequently hold office from May 1st to April 30th. The President may carry a course load of not more than three (3) units per academic term. This course load restriction may be waived by a two-thirds majority vote of the SRA.

The President is to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Spokesperson for the McMaster Students Union and be a voting member of the SRA, the Executive Board, and an ex-officio member of all other MSU committees. As well, the President will Chair the Executive Board, Board of Directors and the Presidents' Council. Furthermore, the President will represent the MSU to the University Administration, Hamilton community as well as local, provincial, and national governments and organizations.

Feel free to email us at elections@msu.mcmaster.ca for more information on the election or check here for information on the position!

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