A Guide to the November CSU By-elections

Concordia Student Union by-elections are taking place Nov. 25, 26 and 27. Councillors are running for all faculties except Fine Arts. The only uncontested position is the Independent councillor. Here are your candidates:


Armani Martel
A political science undergrad, Martel has already volunteered for Québec solidaire and the NDP and supports CSU initiatives like the Hive cooperative café. But he says he doesn’t see how the CSU will take action against austerity, considering their budget hasn’t been affected.

David Ness
Ness told The Link he was dropping out of the race to focus on his campaign for VP External and Sustainability Affairs for the Arts and Sciences Federation of Associations. A geography student and current council member of the Geography Undergraduate Student Society, Ness also sits on five ASFA committees.

Jason Poirier Lavoie
Lavoie is a second-year political science student looking to increase student involvement. He wants to see the CSU take a decisive stance against unpaid internships. He supports anti-austerity movements and initiatives to install a daycare and promote more student housing.


Faddy Kamel
A major in mechanical engineering, Kamel served as the senior vice-president of a business club he co-founded at Champlain College Saint-Lambert. He also put in three years as a sergeant in a Royal Aviation Cadets squadron before then. His main goal is to ensure that student services and clubs are held to the highest standard.

Kyle Arseneau
A past CSU councillor, past president of the Concordia University Building Engineering Society and the Vice-President of External affairs for the Engineering and Computer Science Association, Arseneau thinks the loan referendum question contradicts the housing referendum question. He also disagrees with the separation of the International and Ethnic Associations Council from the CSU. Arseneau was disqualified from running for council last year for an offensive Facebook post. The post read “Hey u baggots, CSU eRections. Go vote. K thx. (Ps dont vote for _____).”


Kevin Gemme
A first-year JMSB student, Gemme is concerned about the disconnect between the business school and the CSU. He said he’ll be voting against the BDS movement.

Taimur Tanoli
In his last year as a finance major, Tanoli serves as VP Finance for the Commerce and Administration Students’ Association. His goal is to figure out how student funds are being distributed and to make sure the CSU’s mandate promotes equality for the whole student body.

Simon Dansereau
An economics-to-JMSB transfer student, Dansereau wants to make sure students are more informed about CSU affairs. Although he is pro-Palestine, Dansereau thinks the BDS movement alienates students that aren’t. He also hopes the CSU’s stance against austerity doesn’t lead to another Maple Spring.

Scott Carr
Last year’s CSU VP Finance, Carr wants to clarify the CSU’s finances to the rest of council, including bringing transparency to the union’s referendum question on approving a loan for The Hive. He’s also critical about the number of referendum questions being asked this by-election.

Maylen Cytryn
Academic Coordinator for the John Molson Case Competition committee and last year’s JMSB councillor, Cytryn was unable to be reached for comment on her positions by deadline.


Marie Briere de la Hosseraye
De la Hosseraye is taking business classes this year with the hope of being accepted into the Journalism Graduate Diploma program. Her main priorities as a council member will be promoting fee-levy groups, moving Concordia toward a more sustainable future and improving the quality of education.

Correction: The original article said the by-election would take place from Nov. 27 to 29. The election will actually be on Nov. 25, 26 and 27. Kyle Arseneau was also described as the current CUBES president; he is in fact a past CUBES president. The Link regrets the error.