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Canadian House of Commons

The House of Commons of Canada is vastly different from the typical MUN committee experience. Abandon the diplomatic, ordered debate of the United Nations and plunge into the thrilling world of party politics, parliamentary strategy and Question Period. Debate issues that strike closer to home, and connect to how your pursuits, if made real, could deeply affect the future of Canada. This is what prospective Members of Parliament should expect upon joining this exciting and exclusive VMUN committee.

In its ninth year running, the HOC will attempt to accurately model the essence of the real House of Commons, the most important legislative body in Canada. Members will have the opportunity to represent Canadians in ridings from coast to coast to coast, and be part of federal political parties. Along with holding sessions in the entire House, members will be part of three specialized Standing Committees that will take a more in-depth look at national issues.

Prospective members should have an interest or a desire to learn more about Canada and Canadian politics, and be prepared to work with fellow party members as a team to achieve political goals. PMRs, the HOC counterpart to position papers, are mandatory for all members, and it is expected that members thoroughly prepare and research their roles. The HOC is a challenging yet exhilarating committee that will undoubtedly grant invaluable insight into the hallowed halls of Canada’s Parliament.

Members of the House of Commons will write Private Members’ Resolutions (PMRs) in lieu of position papers. PMRs are mandatory, and must be submitted by January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about PMRs can be found in the Private Member’s Resolution Guide.

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Cynthia Gan

Cynthia Gan | Speaker

A senior at Richmond Christian School, Cynthia is delighted to be serving as Speaker of the House of Commons at VMUN 2021. Starting Model UN at the beginning of her sophomore year, it has since fostered in her a passion for global affairs, diplomacy, and the opportunity to work with one of the most intelligent and motivated communities of students in the Lower Mainland. Outside of Model UN and academics, she enjoys debating, over-analyzing films, and contemporary poetry; more often, though, she can simply be found indulging her book-thrifting obsession, spending far too much on food, and dabbling in music. She looks forward to an exciting weekend of debate, diplomacy, and leadership.

Matthew Chen

Matthew Chen | Deputy Speaker

Matthew is a senior currently attending St. George’s School and is absolutely thrilled to be serving as the Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons at VMUN 2021. Ever since his first Model UN conference five years ago, he has been captivated by the world of MUN and all it has to offer, which has given him new fascination and perspective towards diplomacy and international affairs. Outside of MUN, Matthew can be found enthusiastically supporting his favourite soccer team, playing table tennis, struggling to understanding the complexities of the Mandarin language, or attempting to memorize the Tokyo Metro. Matthew is excited to meet everyone and is looking forward to another successful iteration of VMUN

Ellie Hwang

Ellie Hwang | Clerk

Ellie Hwang is a rising senior at Little Flower Academy, and is embarking on her final year of MUN. Since her first conference, Ellie has been enthralled by the persuasive speeches and heated debate that are hallmarks of a MUN conference. Within the past few years, she has attended many conferences in an effort to broaden her worldview, and gain a better understanding of international relations. She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel abroad to engage in debate and discuss current events with others. Outside of the conference room, Ellie can be found drinking too much caffeine, binging Ghibli movies, or frantically trying to finish her homework. She looks forward to staffing the House of Commons at VMUN, and cannot wait to see the vigorous debate that the delegates will bring.

Olivia Gibson

Olivia Gibson | Clerk

Entering her junior year at Crofton House School, Olivia is more than excited to be serving as the Clerk in the Canadian House of Commons at the twentieth iteration of VMUN. Olivia started her MUN career in Grade 8, since then she has fostered a love for international relations, debate, and public speaking. When Olivia is not participating in Model United Nations you can find her on the field hockey pitch, basketball court, or track. In her spare time, she enjoys flipping through fashion magazines and updating one of her many Pinterest boards. She cannot wait to share her passion for MUN with you and to meet you all. Olivia encourages you to reach out to her if you have any questions.

Ryan Meira

Ryan Meira | Clerk

Currently in eleventh grade at St. George’s School, Ryan is honored to be serving as a Clerk of the House of Commons at VMUN 2021. First discovering Model UN in grade nine, Ryan was surprised by its ability to serve both as an immersive and enjoyable learning experience. It was at VMUN 2019, his first conference, that he quickly became enthralled with the fast-paced, intelligent, and sometimes witty nature of Model UN. He is confident that VMUN 2021, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, will bring the same high-quality debate and brilliance that delegates have come to know, love, and expect from VMUN. When not participating in MUN related activities, Ryan can be found biking, hanging out with friends, and listening to absurd amounts of music. He looks forward to a weekend of diplomacy, growth, and debate and hopes to foster a love of Model UN amongst delegates, both new and old, at the twentieth iteration of Vancouver Model United Nations.

You can contact the Director at hoc@vmun.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. PMRs must also be submitted to this address.

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