Graduate Representative Council (GRC)

GRC is the GSA’s policy-making body, comprised of graduate student representatives from all departments with active Departmental Graduate Associations. It provides direction to the GSA Board of Directors on the political, financial, and operational matters of the GSA.

Download GRC Handbook

2019 – 2020 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday October 29, 2019, ST147 (Science Theatre)
Tuesday November 19, 2019, Theatre One (Health Sciences Centre) *note date change
Tuesday January 28, 2020, TBD
Tuesday February 25, 2020, TBD
Tuesday March 31, 2020, Clara Christie (Health Sciences Centre)
Tuesday April 28, 2020, TBD
Tuesday May 26, 2020, TBD

Next meeting:  Annual General Meeting (AGM): September 24, 2019, Last Defence Lounge

For questions or information, please email the Governance Coordinator at


GRC Documents
2018 – 2019


GRC Digest
MAY 2019

Link to the May 2019 GRC Digest
Presentation: Graduate Student Career Management Program

Dr. Stephanie Warner, PhD Career Development Specialist, UCalgary Career Services presented the new graduate student career management program framework to GRC. Previously, there was some overlap and redundancy in workshops, which has been reduced so students can take a more focused approach to exploring career options.

Graduate students can access three career development specialists (Master’s, PhD, International) in Career Services to learn more or to gain assistance with resume/CV preparation and more. Contact their office, or stop by in MacEwan Hall, to learn more about this program!
Executive Reports

President – Mohammad Mansouri
Presented GRC 101 information to help new GRC representatives understand the process and requirements for these meetings throughout the year. DGAs can also review the GSA’s website and DGA Handbook/Policy for more information.

The new Board has successfully completed transition training and have set their goals for the year ahead. I will continue to monitor the health and dental plan transition to make sure the process is smooth. I have also been recruiting committee Chairs and member recruitment will start soon.

Vice President Academic – Mohamed Abdelsamie
Completed transition training and developed goals for the upcoming year. My goals include working towards an online application process for awards, starting an academic workshop series, and developing a graduate student handbook. Also, currently recruiting committee Chairs and looking for members soon – information to come on the GSA’s website and newsletter.

Vice President External – Marcela Lopes
Please review my report, which was included in the GRC meeting package. If you have questions, please email me at

Vice President Student Life – Basem Halawa
Goals for the year include diversifying the discounted ticket program, adding spring/summer activities, and incorporating the Building Bridges as a core GSA program. Also, working on recruiting committee Chairs for the upcoming year.

Vice President Finance and Services – Mina Iskander
Developing monitoring mechanisms for the health and dental plan as it transitions this upcoming school year, seeking collaborations to develop financial literacy workshops in the fall/winter, and starting discussions regarding LDL renovation options.

Next Meeting

Stay tuned for details about the GSA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled for September 24, 2019 in the Last Defence Lounge!

The next GRC Meeting will be on October 29, 2019.

Has your DGA completed elections and appointed new executives and GRC Representatives for the upcoming year?
You may be able to start the process of applying for your 2019-2020 DGA operational bursary! Check out the DGA page to see what’s required or let us know if you have any questions by emailing

Note: Did you leave your glasses behind at May GRC? There is a pair at the GSA office, so please come by if you’re missing your glasses. Office: Earth Sciences 1030, Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Link to the April 2019 GRC Digest


GRC Documents
2017 – 2018


GRC Documents
2016 – 2017