Incoming EngSoc executive celebrate at Clark

Only two executive candidates run unopposed, president and vice-president of operations

The new EngSoc executive was announced at Clark Hall Pub on Wednesday night.
The new EngSoc executive was announced at Clark Hall Pub on Wednesday night.

A packed Clark Hall pub ushered in next year’s Engineering Society executive on Wednesday night.

Over 120 people attended the party that saw Taylor Wheeler elected as president.

Wheeler, Sci ’13, won with a vote of confidence.

“We ran a sort of low-key campaign. We didn’t opt for the gimmicks of other ones, with a lot of posters or handing out cookies or anything like that,” Wheeler said.

Thirty-two per cent of 2,600 eligible voters in Engineering cast ballots.

This year the EngSoc won’t release the numbers that each candidate won by.

“It’s up to the candidate,” said Rachel Currie, EngSoc director of internal affairs. “It requires them to actually come forward and ask for the number for it to be released.”

There were multiple contenders this year for every executive position in EngSoc except for the president position and the vice-president of operations position.

Alanna Hedden was voted in as vice-president of operations, Alex Wilson won vice-president academic, Emily Fleck won vice-president of society affairs, Vikram Bhatia is incoming vice-president of student development and Meghan Brunner won the junior senator position.

Currie said it’s not surprising that only one person ran for vice-president of operations.

“Vice-president of operations is a labour intensive job … as a general rule, people aren’t quite as interested in a position like that because it’s such a specific skillset,” Currie, Sci ’12, said.

Incoming president Wheeler said he’s most excited about helping students engage with EngSoc.

“It’s clearly a very difficult issue to solve, just because it’s obviously something that other, previous regimes have been working on,” he said. “Coming from the angle of not being within the society all these years, I maybe have a bit more [ability] to tackle that problem.”

With no experience in the society outside of being a FREC in Frosh Week, Wheeler is ready to hit the ground running and begin the transition process.

“The transition process is going to be interesting, but I’m going to work as hard as I can to get up to speed with everything and then from that point I can figure out where I’ll go from there,” he said.

— With files from Jordan Ray, Savoula Stylianou and Terence Wong

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