Nomin Gantulga

humza khan presidentMy name is Nomin Gantulga. I am currently completing a second year at SFU Beedie School of Business with a major in Finance and Accounting and minor in Interactive Arts Technology.
As a Business student, I will apply the indispensable knowledge and relevant skills learnt at Beedie School of Business in order to give back to the university and its society that helped me to accomplish my goals and to realize my dreams.

As a candidate for the VP Finance position:

  • For the first time in history of the VP Finance office operation, I will be revealing the financial information on a monthly basis in accessible and easy understanding form (e.g. pie charts, graphs). So students with no business background could comprehend and identify where they invest money in as well as to show the progress of future SFSS Board of Directors.
  • I guarantee that every student who will come to the Treasurer’s office will be heard, and their ideas and opinions will be analyzed, discussed and if the case, further processed.
  • I will use my communication and analytical skills to facilitate efficient and effective Financial and Administrative Services Committees (FASC), meetings and negotiations with current and future contractors.
  • I will reallocate SFSS budget fairly with main emphasis on spending more money towards bursaries, grants for clubs and departmental student unions.

I want to make sure that students will receive the maximum benefits from money they have been investing in Student Society.

As a member of SFSS board of directors:

  • I would like to create a friendly, welcoming society in order to increase the students’ engagement and participation in university life.
  • I want to create more opportunities for students to boost their skills for their future by establishing workshops and events that will improve their competencies
  • I desire to meet bright minds of SFU to share ideas, thoughts and opinions in order to improve students’ life.
  • I believe that accountability and transparency of the Board of Directors will build the strong and trusted community.
  • As an international student, I would like to represent the interests of international as well as domestic students.

It is important for students to understand the seriousness and responsibilities that rely on them. You will choose the leaders of body that helps to create the united SFU culture and memorable university experience.

My contact e-mail: ngantulg@sfu.ca. You are more than welcome to ask questions or request relevant information.

Adam Potvin

ACE 2014

Accountability, Community, Excellence.

We are a group of motivated individuals who have a shared vision to collectively strive:

  1. To hold ourselves to the highest level of accountability in all of our dealings as elected representatives of SFU’s undergraduate student body.
  2. To continue to build a strong sense of community on campus by hosting the highest calibre events possible for our students and supporting student-led initiatives that align with the vision of building
  3. To set the example for student societies across North America, by exceeding the standard and providing excellence in all aspects of the Simon Fraser Student Society’s mandate as listed in the Constitution.

humza khan president

There are two questions one must ask before voting for any member of office:

  1. How qualified is the candidate?
  2. What will the candidate accomplish if elected?

Am I qualified to hold the Vice President of Finance position?

As an accounting analyst at Canfisco:

  • I reconciled bank accounts worth tens of millions of dollars.
  • I made financial transactions from within the company’s database.
  • I analyzed inventory storage and shipping, and wrote credit notes and invoices to make necessary changes to our inventory levels.
  • I worked with sales, accounts receivable and payable personnel, as well as with external auditors, the controller and the CFO in overlooking inventory-related and financial discrepancies.

As an active member of the community:

  • I am the Sponsorship Officer for the upcoming Spring Sendoff concert with the goal of attracting enough revenue to break even, so that we’re able to subsidize the event for students.
  • I attend weekly SFSS Financial and Administrative Services Committee (FASC) meetings.
  • I won SFU’s Bold Sell competition for public speaking (www.bit.ly/boldsell). I finished 3rd place at this year’s Inter Collegiate Business Competition and participated in the Elite case competition and JDC West 2014.
  • I sat on a planning committee and consulted the public to attract city resources (a proposed $30 million) for major renovations at a local community centre.
  • I am giving seminars to high school students on how to be financially literate (what credit cards are, how compound interest works, etc).
  • I was my high school’s Student Council President, where I helped fund Canada’s first urban market garden and fundraised thousands towards graduation.

What do I hope to achieve if elected?

1) Food and Beverage Services

I will work with Food and Beverage Services’ (FBS: the Highland Pub, Higher Grounds Coffee, the Ladle and catering) management to reduce its deficits. These deficits have been funded by the students; this year, about $10/student was lost (the deficit was around $250,000). I think we should opt for increasing revenue especially during weekday afternoons and in the summer months.

  • If elected, I will facilitate a makeover of Higher Grounds Coffee, turning it into a hearty,”bang-for-the-buck” food destination for students to eat at in between classes. Since Starbucks moved on campus, coffee sales at Higher Grounds have plummeted and because there aren’t any cheap food options nearby, this makeover could be a huge success.
  • Also, the Highland Pub is very empty during the summer months. The FBS manager’s vision is to rent out the Highland Pub to external groups for events like wedding receptions and sports team parties to bring in additional revenue. I will work with him in turning this vision into a reality. Altogether, I hope to increase FBS revenue by at least 5% with the goal of cutting the deficit by 30%, thereby saving students $80,000.

2) Build SFU

I will strive to establish sponsor partnerships for the Student Union Building (SUB) in order to partially offset the burden (the “BuildSFU” levy) on students. I will also work with Advocacy in lobbying the provincial government to allow us to sign a “keepwell” agreement with the University. This would be signed in order to attract better financing rates and to subsequently minimize interest expenses incurred by students over the next 30 years for the $65 million project.

3) Increase Operational Efficiency

I plan to implement more efficient systems within the SFSS’ internal operations and create a more integrated network among SFSS departments. I would encourage Departmental Student Unions (DSU’s) to form Faculty Student Unions (FSU’s) as a way of making granting more efficient. I would make the organization more efficient in terms of committee meetings. Because it is the VP of Finance’s responsibility to write the cheques and collect time-sheets, I will look into a different system of issuing stipends to Directors, one which incentivizes productive output rather than time spent idle in meetings.

4) Community

On a broader, external scale, I hope to improve the student body’s sense of community. This school was founded upon social activism and community spirit, but it has since devolved into a quiet “commuter campus” with some of the lowest student satisfaction rates in the country. To change this, I will push for large and inclusive events that I will financially oversee to ensure that they can break-even.

As SFU students, we are all members of the SFSS and so we must do our due diligence on election-day and vote for candidates who will benefit the Society the most. I strongly believe I am one of those candidates. I am an ambitious person; I have an accounting background; I am involved in the SFU community. Finally, I believe that my thorough understanding of the SFSS and my ability to relate details to the bigger picture sets me apart from my competition. It would be an honour to represent you as your Vice President of Finance for the 2014-2015 school year.

If you have any questions, please contact me at ampotvin@sfu.ca or call me at 778.938.6536.