Current University of Calgary Students’ Union vice-president external Conner Brown is the newest chair of the Council of Alberta University Students, succeeding current SU president and former SU vice-president external Raphael Jacob. CAUS represents over 70,000 students from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge, lobbying for undergraduate university students to the Alberta provincial government.
One of CAUS’s most prominent achievements last year was the Election Amendment Act, also known as Bill 7. The bill allows university students to cast their ballots in the city where they attend school.
CAUS focuses on a set of long-term priorities. These include issues like the student work program, non-instructional fees and non-reputable financial aid.
Brown, who has held the chair of CAUS for less than two weeks, said he is prepared for the task ahead.
“I feel confident and ready for the job ahead,” said Brown.
Jacob also leant his support, describing him as a smart guy who is interested in provincial politics and has the ability to prove himself to CAUS executives.
“I’m sure he will do very well. I’m very excited that he’s a hard worker and, then again, he has the same edge I had this past year,” said Jacob.