The VP External Portfolio has 6 main components : Campaigns, Indigenous Affairs, Community Affairs, Union Affairs, Francophone Affairs, and External Affairs.

Unlike some other SSMU portfolios, External Affairs is largely project-based, and responds to the climate on McGill campus as well as the larger climate of student issues and the student movement in Quebec (link to page). The VP External also acts as the main representative of the membership to municipal, provincial, and federal politicians.

The position as outlined in the SSMU’s Constitution:

“The Vice-President (External Affairs) shall exercise the following powers and perform the following duties: to represent the Society and communicate positions and Policy taken by the Society to external bodies and agencies; to lobby federal, provincial, and municipal governments to further the objectives, goals and Policy of the Society; to mobilize students on positions and Policy of the Society and assist in the coordination of student-run political campaigns; to develop Policy regarding initiatives in the Montreal community; to communicate to the Board of Directors relevant external issues which may significantly affect the Society; to coordinate the Society’s Indigenous solidarity efforts; to operationalize the Society’s commitment to the francophone community; and to attend meetings of relevant local, provincial, national or international student groups.” (SSMU Constitution 10.14)


The VP External is mandated to coordinate mobilization and advocacy under policies such as – among others – the Climate Change Policy, the Policy for a Campus Free of Harmful Military Technology, and the Indigenous Solidarity Policy

For the VP External’s most recent mandates, see the 2018-2019 Legislative Council motions on the website



Community Affairs Commissioner:

Chairs the Community Engagement Committee and uses its input for community outreach initiatives in Milton Parc and the Montreal area to create links between students and their neighbours 

2019-2020 CAC: Claire Grenier

Contact: commaffairs@ssmu.ca


Indigenous Affairs Commissioner (Chairs the Indigenous Affairs Committee) 

Chairs the Indigenous Affairs Committee and uses its input to empower and amplify Indigenous voices on campus through community programming and advocacy initiatives, and to provide consultation for students, groups, and Executives on Indigenous issues

2019-2020 IAC: Tomáš Jirousek

Contact – iac@ssmu.ca 


Campaign Coordinators – campaigns@ssmu.ca

Facilitates the Solidarity Alliance McGill (SAM), supporting coordinated mobilisation tactics and popular education initiatives between groups on campus and province-wide, and helps individuals to get involved with these causes

2019-2020 Campaigns Coordinators: Noah Fisher & Camille Bui

Contact – campaigns@ssmu.ca


Commissaire des affaires francophones:

Préside sur le Comité des affaires francophones et utilise les informations y obtenus pour développer les efforts communautaires et les revendications de la communauté francophone sur le campus. Le CAF sert aussi le role consultatif à l’exécutif sur l’ammélioration de l’accessibilité aux francophones 

CAF 2019-2020: Juliette Chesnel

Contact – caf@ssmu.ca


Sexual Violence Mobilisation and Advocacy Coordinator

Works with groups on campus to combat instances of sexual violence and rape culture, to promote an intersectional and pro-survivor approach to issues around sexual violence, and to have these cultural shifts reflected in updates to McGill’s Policy Against Sexual Violence (PASV)

2019-2020 SVMAC: TBD

Contact – TBD