General Assembly representatives (GA Reps) only: Click here to access the nomination form.

Board of Directors

Nominations, elections and meetings schedule

  • Nominations open: Monday, January 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm noon (EST)
  • Nominations close:  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12:00pm noon (EST)
  • Online elections will take place from March 1 to 15, 2017 

Note:  Newly-elected Board members will be invited to attend the Board meeting May 28, 2017.

Open positions

  • ​Director, Institutions (2 positions)
    • Incumbent, nominated for re-election by the Nominating Committee.
    • Nominee, to be put forward for election by the Nominating Committee.
  • Director, Associations (2 positions)
    • Incumbent, nominated for re-election by the Nominating Committee.
    • Nominee, to be put forward for election by the Nominating Committee.
  • Director, Research Dissemination (1 position)
    • Incumbent, nominated for re-election by the Nominating Committee.
  • Director, Research Policy (1 position)
    • Nominee, to be put forward for election by the Nominating Committee.

Please note that the Board of Directors will also nominate a Treasurer, as per the Federation’s Governance Policy. Please note that a number of incumbents are being nominated for a second term, and the Nominating Committee will also be putting forward a slate of nominations for vacant positions.

Submitting a nomination

Who can be nominated?  
Nominees must be

  • affiliated with a learned society, association, university or college which is a member of the Federation,


  • either currently or previously engaged in teaching and/or research in the humanities or social sciences

Who can nominate?
Nominations can be made by current General Assembly representatives and members of the Board of Directors. Since General Assembly representatives represent an association or institution, they should consult with the appropriate people within their association or institution to identify the names of individuals to put forward as nominees for the open positions.

The Nomination Committee can also bring forward nominations.

If you are not a General Assembly representative but wish to put your name or someone else’s name forward for election, contact Lanor Mallon for further information.

How many nominations can I submit?
Each nominator may nominate one person, including him or herself, per each open position.  Two nominations for the same nominee constitute a candidacy.

How do I submit a nomination?
Each General Assembly representative and the Board of Directors should have received a login access profile in a recent email message. If you have not received this information, please contact Lanor Mallon.

Click here to access the nomination form. 

What is the role of the Nominating Committee and who is on it?
The role of the Nominating Committee is to ensure that the proper electoral procedures, as provided for in the by-law and these rules, are observed.  In addition, the Nominating Committee shall endeavour to ensure that nominations to the board reflect the diverse composition (including but not limited to geography, gender, language, governance and policy experience) of the Federation in all respects, and shall ensure that nominations for directors are properly split as required by section 5.02b of the by-law between each of a) learned societies, and b) universities and colleges. 

Members of the Nominating Committee are:

  • Stephen Toope (University of Toronto)
  • Guy Laforest (Université Laval)
  • Julia Wright (Dalhousie University)

The Interim Executive Director, Christine Tausig Ford, has been designated by the Board of Directors as Returning Officer.

Next steps

What documents do nominees need to provide?

Nominees will be contacted by the Returning Officer to submit the following documents:

  • a brief biography
  • a short statement indicating why they are interested in the position and
  • written consent confirming that the nominee will stand for election to the position for which they have been nominated. 

Upon receipt of these documents, the Returning Officer will consider the candidacy valid and add the candidate’s name to the election ballot.

What are acclamations?
In the event that there is only one candidate declared for a specific open position, that candidate shall be acclaimed into the position and there shall be no election for that position. 

When will the elections be?
Elections will take place online from March 1 to 15, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. noon (EST). An election announcement email will be sent to all eligible voters.