Board of Directors Elections 2019

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is now accepting nominations for the following open positions:

  • Director, Associations (1 position) – please note that only association members may nominate someone for this position
  • Director, Institutions (1 position) – please note that only institution members may nominate someone for this position
  • Director, Research Dissemination (1 position)
  • Treasurer (1 position)

Once the nomination period closes, the Federation’s Nominating Committee will meet to consider candidates for these positions, and will then put forward a slate for election.

Nominations, elections and annual meeting timeline

The key dates are as follows:

  • Nominations close:  Friday, March 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm (ET)
  • Elections will take place at the virtual Annual Meeting on May 15, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Newly elected Board members will be invited to attend the June 2, 2019 Board meeting, in Vancouver.

Submitting a nomination

Who can nominate?

Nominations can be made by any person connected to an institution or scholarly association that is itself a member of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Who can be nominated? 

Nominees must be

  • affiliated with a learned society, association, university or college which is a member of the Federation, and
  • either currently or previously engaged in teaching and/or research in the humanities or social sciences.

How many nominations can I submit?

You can nominate one person, including yourself, per open position. Two nominations for the same nominee are required to constitute a candidacy.

How do I submit a nomination?

You should have received instructions on how to access the nominations form in a recent email message. If you have not received this information, please contact Lamis El-Zein by email at lelzein@ideas-idees.ca .

What is the role of the Nominating Committee and who is on it?

The Nominating Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors to:

  • ensure that the proper electoral procedures, as provided for in the Federation’s bylaws and policies, are observed; 
  • review all nominations to ensure that nominations to the Board reflect the diverse composition of the Federation in all respects (including but not limited to geography, gender, language, governance and policy experience); and
  • ensure that nominations for Directors are properly split, as required by the bylaws, between a) learned societies, and b) universities and colleges. 

Members of the 2019 Nominating Committee are:

  • Patrizia Albaneze, Chair (Ryerson University)
  • Guy Laforest (ENAP)
  • Lisa Young (University of Calgary)
  • Julia Wright (Dalhousie University)

Next steps for nominees

What documents do nominees need to provide?

Once an individual is nominated, he or she will be contacted by the Federation to submit the following documents:

  • a brief biography;
  • a short statement indicating why the position is of interest; and
  • written consent confirming that the nominee will stand for election to the position for which he or she has been nominated. 

Upon receipt of these documents, the Federation will evaluate the validity of the candidacy, and subsequently add the candidate’s name to the election ballot.

What are acclamations?

In the event that there is only one candidate declared for an open position, that candidate will be acclaimed, and there will be no election for that position. 

When will the elections take place?

Elections will take place online during the Federation’s Annual Meeting held virtually on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET). Only associations’ and institutions’ designated Member Representatives are eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting.


Contact Lamis El-Zien at lelzein@ideas-idees.ca.