Greg Ellis, Sci ’10, was elected president of the Engineering Society last night by a tight margin of 15 votes. Ellis, who received 409 votes or approximately 42 per cent, defeated Chris Reinfelds, who received 394 votes or approximately 41 per cent. 165 ballots—or 17 per cent—were spoiled.
Ellis praised his opponent for running a strong campaign.
“Chris was strong competition—very good ideas, very similar ideas.”
Ellis said his first initiative will be to unify the society to make it stronger.
“I want to fortify the society, strengthen the core, make all practices in the society uniform,” he said. “All our programs have a lot to offer. By unifying one front—marketing and financials—it will create a strong society in itself.”
Ellis also expressed support for the incorporation of the Engineering Society, a long-standing objective of past presidents.
Though disappointed with the result, Reinfelds commended Ellis on his victory.
“It was a great race and I commend Greg. Overall I’m really happy for him,” he said.
Reinfelds had just one piece of advice for his opponent.
“Don’t screw up.”
Outgoing Engineering Society President Jordan Black expressed confidence in the new executive.
“They will do a fantastic job,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll be able to accomplish all they set out to do. They have a good start to build from. “
When asked what would be his first act as president, Ellis replied quickly:
“Probably take a nap.”
In other races, Mike Brown was elected vice-president (academic) over Rachel Allison. Brown received 456 votes or 47 per cent support. Cenk Aytimur was elected vice-president (society affairs) over Nicole Cook. Aytimur received with 481 votes or 49 per cent support. Vice-president (operations) candidate Ryan Low and vice-president (student development) candidate Edward Watson were both acclaimed.
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