Our organization was founded in the fall of 2017 as the Victoria College First Ministers Conference Simulation (VicFMCS) by Kate Schneider and David de Paiva, two first-year students passionate about Canadian politics. While we met several students who shared our interests, we were disappointed by the lack of non-partisan opportunities for individuals looking to get more involved with Canadian politics on campus.
Without an established group for us to join, we decided to start our own. We began it as a way to connect with other students who shared our passion and to create for others the community we were missing.
We held our first simulation over the weekend of March 17th-18th, 2018 with around 30 participants representing the provinces and territories of Canada, along with other important leaders.
After a successful inaugural year, we decided to take the next step and go campus-wide. Over the summer of 2018, we underwent a rebranding as the University of Toronto Canadian Politics Society. Building off of our organization’s past accomplishments, we quickly expanded our membership base and now proudly host 250+ members.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, we ran several events, including a Québec election watching party and three academic panels. We also successfully ran our second simulation over the weekend of January 19th-20th, 2019 with around 40 participants from all over campus.
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