About Us

Who We Are

We are the body charged with overseeing the implementation and compliance of elections procedures in the pursuit of upholding our vision and guiding principles.

Vision Statement

To maximize the opportunity for students to be involved in USC-governed elections at the University of Western Ontario, as candidates, voters and informed individuals.

Guiding Principles

  • To ensure fairness and democracy
  • To provide a manner of balloting that is efficient, effective, impartial and confidential
  • To increase student awareness as to the occurrence of student elections
  • To allow any student to be a candidate in an election, regardless of financial status
  • To raise the level of debate surrounding student issues
  • To protect the reputation of the University and the USC in the city and elsewhere

Meet The Team

Chief Returning Officer

Katherine Carrasco

Year 3 • Ivey Business School

The CRO is the highest governing figure in the administration of all USC elections with the main priority of ensuring that a fair, transparent, and impartial election is conducted for all representative positions within the University Students’ Council. The CRO is responsible for overseeing the Deputy Returning Officer, and is chair of both the Elections Planning Committee and the Elections Governance Committee.


Deputy Returning Officer

Emma Cumuric

Year 4 • Honours Double Major in Medical Sciences and Biology

The DRO is the second governing figure in the administration of USC elections collaborating closely with the Chief Returning Officer. The DRO sits as vice-chair of the Elections Governance Committee and is responsible for assisting the Chief Returning Officer and Secretary-Treasurer in the execution of Fall and Spring Elections, in both leadership and supportive roles.


Elections Governance Committee’s Manager of Finance

Sharvil Medhekar

Year 4 • Honours Specialization Accounting 

EGC’s Manager of Finance oversees the financial administration of both the Elections Planning Committee and Elections Governance Committee. The Manager of Election Finance develops strategies and plans to maximize the value of USC funds for student benefit, produces financial reports, constructs budgets, and works closely with the CRO to verify candidates’ campaign expenses in order to issue reimbursements.


Elections Planning Committee Members

Get Out The Vote Campaign Commissioners:

Georgia McClure-Kunc

Josie Marshall

Communications Commissioners:

Erik Elliot

Katrina McCallum


Events Commissioners:

Emily Shearer

Michelle Wang