Senate Candidates


Mohammad Abu-Rshaid, Brantford (Acclaimed)


Nicholas Betivoiu, Waterloo

Hi, my name is Nicholas Betivoiu and I’m a first-year student in the BBA program at the Waterloo campus. I’m currently running for a position on the Board of Directors of the Student Union. People should vote for me because I am a driven and well-disciplined worker who has a passion for the Golden Hawk community. My experiences in leadership, as well as team roles, have provided me with the necessary knowledge to become a valuable member of the board. My passion for the community as well as my determination for change will allow me to represent what Laurier students want from a Student Union. In this role, I truly believe that I can create valuable change and offer a fresh perspective on issues and opportunities that the board faces. I look forward to hearing back from the board and hopefully joining the team this year!


Evan Cameron, Waterloo

My name is Evan Cameron, I’m a third-year Political Science and North American Studies student, and I’m running to represent YOU on the Wilfrid Laurier University Senate. My commitment to you is simple: I will be an accessible, engaged, and transparent leader who amplifies the diverse voices of Laurier’s students within the senate.
If elected I will bring my vast experiences to the position of Senator. I’m a two-term president of the Association of Political Science Students on campus, and I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a student representative within my department and at the Faculty of Arts level.

Over the past two years, the Senate has made some big decisions that affect every student on our campuses. YOU deserve to have your voice heard when these decisions are being made.

Elect Evan Cameron as YOUR voice in the Wilfrid Laurier University Senate.


Cole Dermott, Waterloo (Acclaimed)

Hello everyone! My name is Cole Dermott and I’m a first-year student in business and computer science. At present, I’m running for a position on the board of directors, senate, and board of governors. In any role I may represent I plan on acting on behalf of the Laurier community at large – whether that be in an academic, extracurricular, or even further fields – the aggregate wishes of our community will remain of the utmost importance. Further, in any role I might represent I plan to actively engage our community with the happenings of the board through social media and other platforms. This will ensure that the interests of the community at large are kept at the forefront. Within this role, I believe that I can help Laurier at large thrive and offer a new perspective on issues within the boards. I look forward to hopefully helping everyone this coming semester!


Nur Elmasri, Waterloo (Acclaimed)

My name is Núr Elmasri, and I am a second-year Economics and Financial Management student seeking election to the Students’ Union Board of Directors, and senate as well as the Laurier Board of Governors.

In my free time, I like to meet new people and mentor children and youth. I am currently involved in community building and social action projects across Ontario that work towards community development.

I have demonstrated exceptional organization and communication skills as the organizer of “The Fun Day” and first-ever TEDx talk in Hamilton Ontario, formally known as, TEDxYouthAncasterHigh.

I am self-motivated to always look for more opportunities to enhance my volunteer work but also to augment my passion for business.

If elected I will make your voice heard and bring your concerns directly to the Boards.


Zachary Goodwin, Waterloo

Hello, my name is Zachary Goodwin and I’m a first year in the BBA program here at Laurier on the Waterloo campus. I am running for a position on the Board of Directors and Senate, as a part of the Student Union. You should vote for me as I am an incredibly hard worker and bring forth many strong leadership and communication skills to the team. In the past, I have had many team roles that not only have developed my skills as a leader but provided me with insights and passion for the communities and groups in which I am involved. I am eager to work alongside colleagues and other students who care about Laurier’s community as much as I do, and have the same passion and drive for positive change. I look forward to the opportunities Laurier has to offer and meeting everyone on the team!


John Reid, Waterloo

My name is John Reid, and I am a third-year business student minoring in computer science. I am extremely adamant about joining the Laurier Senate and representing my fellow undergraduate students. Through my roles as a Student Senator, executive on Foot Patrol, and training manager at PRISM, I have shown teamwork, leadership, and a passion to support the Laurier student body. I strongly believe in student wellbeing and would like to help everyone make the most out of their years at Laurier. I hope to continue my role as a Student Senator and continue my efforts to make a difference in the Laurier community.


Matthew Schwarze, Waterloo (Acclaimed)

I’m Matthew Schwarze, a fourth-year double-degree student studying business administration here at Laurier and mathematics over at UW—of course, Laurier will always come first in my heart. I’m running to represent you on the WLU Senate and Board of Governors.

My time spent in student government, as well as on UW’s Senate and Board of Governors, has given me loads of experience in effectively navigating university systems to apply student values and perspectives to the issues that students face each year.

As we finally return from the pandemic, it’s vital that we have a strong student voice to carry concerns into the boardroom and onto the Senate floor. I want to ensure that Laurier is being proactive, transparent, and responsible about our return to campus. With all the difficulties students are confronting—from housing to health—students’ best interests need to be top-of-mind at every turn.


Brandon Vale, Waterloo (Acclaimed)

For results, engaged, and committed.
My name is Brandon Vale, and I am a fourth-year business student. I am seeking to represent undergraduate students on the Laurier Senate and Board of Governors. Through my leadership as a Student Senator on the Laurier Senate and as a Governor on the Laurier Board of Governors, I have proven my ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve results and engage with the undergraduate student body and administration to address student concerns. I believe in the importance of the overall student experience at Laurier, and it would be a privilege to continue to represent my peers on the Laurier Senate and Board of Governors.


Karl Zhu, Waterloo

Hello Golden Hawks! My name is Karl Zhu, and I am a fourth-year Computer Science and Business double degree student! This election, I am seeking to sit on the Laurier Senate. Since November 2021, I have served on the Senate, providing me with strong experience and aptitude towards administrative collaboration and student governance. Together, the Senate has worked extensively to ensure that student concerns are heard and executed upon, and I want to ensure that this stays the same for the upcoming years.

In addition, I have worked as a Residence Life Don here at Laurier and as an Instructional Assistant for the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, helping me understand the needs and desires of our student population, which will assist me with planning our strategic long-term action plan for Laurier.

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students face the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will change the instruction they receive from their classes, the current housing situation, and how they will affect their immunocompromised family and friends when we go back to in-person classes. As your Senator, I will take it upon myself to help students find the answers and solutions they desire, so (platform summary exceeded word limit).


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