The Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP) Group executive is seeking nominations for 6 executive national positions, elected for a 3-year term.

Nominations must be submitted by 12:00 PM (noon) ET on February 19, 2021.

There are 3 positions open only to SP members in the National Capital Region (NCR), and 3 other national positions open to any members outside the NCR in the following regions to form the national pool:

  • Atlantic
  • Québec
  • Ontario
  • Prairies and Northwest Territories
  • British Columbia and Yukon

Members are encouraged to participate in this union leadership opportunity, especially if they identify as a member of an equity-seeking group.

The nomination and election process is governed by our Group bylaws.

Reminder: As per SP Group bylaw 7.2.3:

  • “… Regular members agreeing to stand for a position on the Group Executive must fill a position in the area in which their workplace is located...”
  • “... Retired members agreeing to stand for election must fill a position in the area in which their residence is located,and only if no regular members are standing for election…”

Summary of the process:

  • Nominations must be supported by at least 5 SP members.
  • The Elections Committee will review the nominations to make sure nominees are eligible
  • Should the number of candidates for a position exceed the number of positions to be filled, the Elections Committee will arrange for an election by the applicable members in that region.
  • Nominees must indicate a willingness to serve, if elected.
  • Nominees must review and respect the Group Elections Code of Conduct.

As a member of the group executive, your role is to:

  • Further the professional interests of the members.
  • Protect the status and standards of our profession.
  • Represent the views of the members on matters affecting them.
  • Ensure that the interests of the Group are represented in all proceedings of the employer and of the union.

This is a voluntary role, and you will be eligible for union leave to participate in all union activities. The Group Executive will meet as frequently as is required, but at least twice a year.