2018 Rector Election

January 30, 2018


KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) congratulates  Alexandra da Silva on her election as Rector.

Alexandra da Silva won on the third ballot with 63.6% (3503/5509) of the vote. Afsheen Chowdhury came in second with 36.4% (2006/5509) of the vote. There were 1209 abstentions.

Quick Facts

  • Polls were open from midnight on January 29 and closed at 9pm on January 30
  • The total turnout, including both the AMS and SGPS, in this year’s rector election was 31.3%


“I offer congratulations to Alexandra da Silva as she begins the transition process. Each candidate brought forward important issues to students and their engagement will continue to improve the Queen’s experience.” — Cam Yung, Rector of Queen’s University

“We are satisfied with the level of engagement in AMS elections and referenda this year, and we look forward to continuing to build on those successes in the years to come. The entire Elections team has my sincere thanks for their hard work and commitment to ensuring fair AMS elections and referenda.” – Neil Sengupta, AMS Secretary


Please direct all media inquiries to Jennifer Li, AMS President, at or (613) 533-6000 x32726 


Alma Mater Society (AMS) – http://www.myams.org 

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 17,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. It has over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff.


Effective May 1 2022 our new address is (Lasalle) 146 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON K7L 2V8

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