Thompson Rivers University 50th Anniversary
Thompson Rivers University 50th Anniversary


On March 31, 2005, the Thompson Rivers University Act created three governing bodies for TRU: the Board, the Senate, and the Planning Council for Open Learning.

Elections are held each fall and winter to fill positions on the TRU institutional governing committees as necessary.

Winter 2020 Elections for Board of Governors, University Senate, Planning Council for Open Learning and the TRU Community Trust Board of Directors

Student positions on TRU governing committees to be filled through the winter 2020 election commencing in February 2020 are as follows:

Board of Governors

Appointment term one year: September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021

  • Two (2) Student representatives

University Senate

Appointment term one year: September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021

  • Four (4) Student representatives

Planning Council for Open Learning (PCOL)

Appointment term one year: September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021

  • One (1) TRU Open Learning Student representative

TRU Community Trust Board of Directors

Appointment term one year: September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021

  • One (1) TRU Open Learning Student representative

Winter 2020 Election Schedule

February 10, to February 14, 2020 – Call for Nominations: nomination period
Only those persons named in the Election Register are eligible to nominate and to vote at an election. A representative of the Registrar will be able to confirm eligibility.

All completed nomination forms must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020, either in person at the Enrolment Services Office, first floor Old Main, attention Amanda Laughton or, by email to Nominations received after the deadline are not eligible.

A representative of the University Registrar will acknowledge receipt of all nominations and confirm candidate eligibility via email.

All nominees are encouraged to review relevant legislation, by-laws, and terms of reference for the governing bodies to which they seek election. (See: relevant legislation, TRU Senate, Board of Governors, Planning Council for Open Learning, TRU Community Trust).

After the close of nominations there will be four (4) weeks before voting commences.

Candidates may begin to campaign only after the Registrar has confirmed the eligibility of all candidates and published the names of all eligible candidates online. The campaign period will commence as soon as possible and no later than five (5) business days following the end of the nomination period. The campaign period will continue up to and including the voting period.

  • All candidates are required to act with honesty and integrity and conduct themselves in a professional and dignified manner in their campaigns.
  • Candidates must adhere to TRU’s Posting Procedures Policy ADM 01-3 when campaigning and are responsible for the removal of all campaign materials within a reasonable time following the close of the elections.
  • Areas to be used for campaigning may be subject to booking rules. Candidates should review and adhere to the procedures for Room, Venue and Table Bookings.

March 16, to March 20, 2020 – Voting
Voting will begin on March 16, 2020 and will be conducted by anonymous and secure, on-line ballot through myTRU. Voting will close at 4:00 p.m. on March 20, 2020. No ballots will be accepted after the close of voting.

March 27, 2020 – Election Results
The Registrar will communicate all election results within five (5) business days of the close of voting. Candidates will be notified by email of their own outcome. All election results, including voting counts and outcomes of all candidates, will be posted on the TRU elections web page. Election results will be reported to the Senate at the next possible meeting following the election.

Proposed meeting times and attendance (subject to change)
Meeting times for each governing body will vary and attendance is required. For meeting schedules, please see:

For full details on eligibility, nomination, and voting criteria: Please see the ‘TRU Board, Senate and Planning Council Election Procedures’ document (January 25, 2010, Revised September 2014)

Questions and nomination forms
Nomination forms will be available here on Feb 10. They will also be available from the Enrolment Services Office in Old Main, on the first floor of the Kamloops Campus, or by email request to

Historical Election Results
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