Residence Councils

There are many opportunities for leadership in the residence community, and these positions often lead to other pivotal roles as leading citizens of the University. The eight or eleven months spent living in 'rez' seems short, but it is a full and dynamic period in a young person's life, producing rich friendships and a deep sense of shared values that lasts throughout the years spent at McGill.

An excellent way to become involved in residence life is through a position on one of the residence councils. The councils are the driving force behind much of the social programming in Residences, offering a forum for students to voice concerns and promote ideas. Councils organize social events and advocate student interests to the Residence and McGill administration. What's more, Residence Councils work with McGill administration on key policy issues. A position on council is a great way to develop leadership and communication skills, meet tons of new people, and be in the epicenter of excitement.

As a student entering Rez, YOU are encouraged to participate. Here’s how:

  • Elected positions are open in September, which can give you regular responsibilities on Council.
  • Each council has volunteer positions (floor/house reps and committees) that allow you to participate depending on your interests and personalschedule.
  • Council meetings are usually open to everyone and give you the opportunity to stand up and make yourself heard.

There are 4 councils that residence students may get involved in: Hall Council, Inter-Residence Council, University Residence Council, and the Environmental Residence Council.  For descriptions of each of these, see below.

 Information sessions for council elections are held in early September. Specific dates are included in your residence welcome package.

This email is to announce the candidates who were successful in earning a position on the 2017-2018 Hall Council, Environment, Community Equity and Engagement, and Inter-Rez Council Team! 

To everyone who is a member of council, we are so glad to have you all aboard the team. We hope that you are just as excited as we are for the year that is ahead of us and all the fantastic events that are going to happen. To everyone who did not earn a spot on council, we want to thank you so much for putting yourselves out there and campaigning; running for a council position is no easy feat and you should be proud of the fact that you made the tremendous effort. Remember that the Rez Life Team and your Floor Fellows are here to support you and provide you with whatever assistance you might need during this time. 

If you were unsuccessful in being voted into a council position but still really want to be on council don't worry, you can also still apply to be a floor rep! Just contact your floor fellow and express your wish to apply. You have until midnight tonight to do so.

☀2017/2018 Council members☀


Royal Victoria College

President: William Zhang

VP External: Katia Innes

VP Internal: Linda Chirchir

VP Finance: Venus Vafamanesh

VP Communications: Claire Williams

VP Environment: Mathieu Hergett-Rozier

VP Events: Danielle Wadden

VP Equity: Elina Qureshi

Spirit Representative: Matthew Suchan

Food Representative: Alisa Gagina


~Douglas Hall~

President: Matthew McLaughlin

VP External: James Stinchcombe

VP Internal: Sabrina Feng

VP Finance: Eric Lee

VP Communications: Marlena Johnson

VP Environment: Robert Kidd

VP Events: Julia Caddy

VP Equity: Margaret Ovenell

Spirit Representative: Tyler Kowch


~New Residence Hall~

President: Roy Zhang

VP External: Flora Bensadon

VP Internal: Anna Tropiano

VP Finance: Tarush Maniktala

VP Communications: Juliette Lennox

VP Environment: Rishni Bhandari

VP Events: Aryan Kaura

VP Equity: Zarina Angell

Spirit Representative: Misha Makarious

Food Representative: Thomas Lenhard


~MORE First Year Community (MORE Houses/University Hall/Sherbs.)~

President: Lily Zhang

VP External: Paul Bent

VP Internal: Navneet Kaur

VP Finance: Kenny Lee

VP Communications: Christopher Jeske

VP Environment: Rachel Takasaki

VP Events: Kseniya Shulyarenko

VP Equity: Jordyn Heal

Spirit Representative: Johnny Liu

Food Representative: Shirley Zhang


~Molson Hall~

President: Samar Zia

VP External: Carter Hu

VP Internal: Tess Buckley

VP Finance: AJ Springer

VP Communications: Ethan Mendell

VP Environment: Olivia Bur

VP Events: Katherine Dick

VP Equity: Joy Hannam

Spirit Representative: Gina Spiridaki

Charity Representative: Anahita Nehra


~McConnell Hall~

Co-Presidents: Kayode Southwood and Stanislas Elvira-Martin

VP External: Elan Eisner

VP Internal: Emily Ponak

VP Finance: Anna Sixsmith

VP Communications: Ashlyn Abbott

VP Environment: JP Arellano

VP Events: Lauren Jelinak

VP Equity: Kevin Leung

Food Representative: Ella Corkum

Charity Representative: Sarah Patrick


~Gardner Hall~

President: Louise Abramowitz

VP External: Tanner Armstrong

VP Internal: Sally Cuthbertson

VP Finance: Alexander Mays

VP Communications: Rachel Gertin

VP Environment: Michael Rhamey

VP Events: Rachel Nirenberg

VP Equity: Seairra Nemecek

Spirit Representative: Jessica Pontarollo

Food Representative: Belle Sullivan

Music Representative: April Kowalchuk-Reid


~Solin Hall~

President: Thomas Demoulin

VP External: Troy Stuart

VP Internal: Andrew Lewis

VP Finance: Bianca Ho

VP Communications: Charlotte Moulinoux

VP Environment: Maxime Lakat

VP Events: Millicent Valencia

VP Equity: Ashar Yahya

Spirit Representative: Samantha Ling

Food Representative: Luc Gruget

Bike Representative: Mattias Roy-Baca


~Carrefour Sherbrooke~

President: Samad Fagbohun

VP External: Iyanu Soyege

VP Internal: Ruth Silcoff

VP Finance: Michaela Deneva

VP Communications: Abby Rubin

VP Environment: Chany Ahn

VP Events: Finnley Mackillop

VP Equity: Alix Albright

Spirit Representative: Callum Sheedy

Food Representative: Akhila Rao


~La Citadelle~

Co-Ambassadors: Max Clark and Gabriel Latremouille

VP External: Neel Soman

VP Internal: Shaquiera Hamilton

VP Finance: Woo Jae Kim

VP Communications: Annalise Patzer

VP Environment: Rasha Lana

VP Events: Aandie Jacob

VP Equity: Alice Luo

Spirit Representative: Sarah Thomson

Food Representative: Hana Epstein


~Inter-Residence Council~

VP External: Yoana Pehlyova

VP Internal: Husayn Jamal

VP Finance: Andrew Chase

VP Communications: Finlay Douglas

VP Environment: Anna Buchanan

VP Events: Kaitlin Wong

VP Equity: To be appointed from CEEC!


Hall Council

Each residence hall has a Hall Council composed of a President, Vice-President External, Vice-President Internal, Vice-President Events, Vice-President Finance, Vice-President Communications, Vice-President Environment, a Food Representative and a Sports Representative. Each Hall Council is committed to planning events and addressing the needs of their respective hall.  In the case of MORE, one collective council represents the needs of all MORE residents.

In addition to the elected positions mentioned above, there are volunteer positions as Floor Representatives that offer another way for students to get involved in their Hall Council.

Inter-Residence Council (IRC)

The IRC is the body that represents all students in residence and facilitates community through inter-residence relationships.  The IRC has a President, Vice-President Internal, Vice-President External, Vice-President Finance, Vice-President Communications, Vice-President Events, and Vice-President Environment. Students from any residence hall may run for the IRC positions.  In addition to the IRC executives, the President of each Hall Council sits on IRC.

University Residence Council (URC)

The URC is the forum for discussion between the Hall Councils, the IRC, and the Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) administration.  The URC is composed of the Presidents of each Hall Council, the President of IRC, the Directors of each residence, and the administrative staff, including the Senior Director of SHHS.

Environmental Residence Council (ERC)

The ERC is the body responsible for maintaining the ‘eco-conscience’ of the residence community.  ERC is comprised of the Environment Representatives from each Hall Council and the IRC.  The ERC runs one of the biggest inter-residence events of the year, ‘Fight the Power,' an energy-saving competition between the residence buildings.