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Month: March 2018

CSSC Conference and Elections

CSSC Conference and Elections

The CSSC website has been updated and now includes payment options for CSSC membership and earlybird conference registration. The earlybird registration fee will run until the end of April. Barbara Postema is beginning to create the conference programme to share with you soon, so if you haven’t done so yet, please remember to confirm whether you will be joining us and if you’re willing to moderate. 

In the meantime we are also preparing for online elections for the CSSC executive committee. The first step for this is the call for nominations. Please find all information regarding this process below.

As our conference approaches and 2018 marks an election year for the CSSC, the Executive Committee is officially opening up the call for nominations for several available positions. If you are unfamiliar with the executive roles, there are five positions, four of which are electable: Vice President Communications (English), Vice President Communications (French), and Vice President Website, and Secretary/Treasurer, which turns over automatically into the position of President after two years.

As usual, all four positions are up for election:

Vice President Communications (English) and Vice President Communications (French): The Vice-Presidents of Communications shall be elected for a term of two years. The Vice-Presidents of Communications shall undertake initiatives to publicize the society and to recruit new members, and shall send such materials as a poster, brochure, and call for papers to people who may be interested in the affairs of the society. The Vice-Presidents of Communication will manage the society’s social media presence and coordinate with the VP Website to manage the website.

Secretary/Treasurer: The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected for a four-year term, which shall begin with a two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer. Upon completion of the term, the Secretary-Treasurer will normally assume the functions of the President. As Secretary-Treasurer, he/she shall manage the finances of the society, keep the books and membership lists, and record the minutes of meetings for the Executive Committee and the members. He/she shall present a financial statement at the Annual General Meeting.

Vice President Website: The VP Website shall be elected for a term of two years. The VP Website shall coordinate with the Vice-Presidents of Communications in particular and the executive in general to maintain the society’s website. The VP Website shall know how to create and manage a website.

Last year at the AGM, we altered the nomination and election processes in our constitution so that elections can be held online. This allows for all members in good standing to vote, regardless of presence at the AGM. We are now calling for nominations by email.

Nomination and Voting Process:

The nomination process will run until April 2, 2018. Please send an email to to nominate yourself or another individual. Specify the role for which you would like to stand, briefly outline your background and platforms, and provide a preferred email address where members may contact you with questions during the election period. Think of this like a short stump speech: tell us who you are, why you feel you are qualified for the position in question, and what you will do for the society. In the event that you are nominating someone else, please provide us with contact information for that individual so that we can contact them to ask if they are willing to stand.

Once all nominees are selected and campaign materials are collected and disseminated, we will open up voting for a period of three weeks, from April 9-May 1, 2018, inclusive.

If you would like more information about any of the roles up for election, you can contact the current executive committee members. If you have questions about any other aspects of the election process, please get in touch with us at