Being a member

Canadian student associations from public universities, colleges, and polytechnics can choose to join CASA as a way to strengthen their advocacy efforts at the federal level of government. As elected representatives of their student bodies, student association executives relay their students’ needs to the organization and work with CASA throughout the year to help get those needs met.

Since members play such an integral role in leading the organization, there is some work required of them. Member responsibilities are as follows:

Select primary and secondary CASA delegates

Each member of CASA is required to select a primary and secondary representative of their student association, otherwise known as “CASA delegates”. The primary delegate is CASA’s primary point of contact and the person responsible for relaying their association's views to CASA. As such, the primary delegate is also responsible for voting on behalf of their association at CASA meetings. The secondary delegate(s) (you may appoint more than one if desired) would fill this position in circumstances where the primary is not available.

Attend conferences and vote

CASA delegates are responsible for voicing their student association’s opinions on various issues, and for voting on them accordingly during our general meetings. These meetings are held four times a year during our conferences, which CASA delegates are required to attend and participate in. These conferences range from 3 to 5 days in length and are as follows:

  • Foundations Conference (May)
  • Policy and Strategy Conference (July)
  • Advocacy Week (October/November)
  • Annual General Meeting (March)

CASA delegates around the plenary table voting on a motion

Run for a committee (optional)

Though those are the basic requirements of a CASA delegate, members have the opportunity to be much more involved with the organization by running for a CASA committee or for its Board of Directors. Because CASA is member-driven, it has struck six working committees who meet on a bi-weekly basis via conference call to complete work in a specific area of focus. Involvement in a CASA committee requires a time commitment of approximately 2-5 hours per week. Here is a list of CASA’s committees:

  • Federal Policy Committee
  • Graduate Committee
  • Trades and Technology Committee
  • National Advocacy Committee
  • Internal Review Committee
  • Member Relations Committee

Run for a Board of Directors position (optional)

Those elected to CASA’s Board of Directors are responsible for making decisions for the organization when the membership is not convened. Board members must attend bi-weekly board meetings via conference call, and may be assigned a committee to chair or other projects, depending on their role. Responsibilities of CASA’s Board of Directors requires a time commitment of approximately 5-10 hours per week. Here is a list of CASA’s Board positions:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Director-at-Large, Policy
  • Director-at-Large, Advocacy
  • Director-at-Large, Membership
  • Director-at-Large
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