GSA Executive Board of Directors

The GSA 2018-2019 Executive Contact Information:

The President is the chair of the GSA’s Board of Directors and enforces the by-laws of the organization. They are the official spokesperson of the GSA. The President sits on the Board of Governors as the GSA’s representative.

The VP Student Life is generally responsible for all matters that pertain to the GSA and internal organizations of the university that relate to non-academic matters of the student experience. Some aspects of their portfolio include: DGAs, social events and discounted ticket sales, and overseeing the graduate newsletter.

The VP Finance and Services is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the GSA and the services it provides such as the health and dental plan. Some aspects of their portfolio include: overseeing the Finance Standing Committee and organizing GSA workshops.

The VP Academic is responsible for all academic matters that affect graduate students at the University of Calgary including awards, bursaries, and grants.

The VP External is generally responsible for all matters that pertain to the external relations of the GSA. They maintain an awareness of current issues and developments related to all levels of government. The VP External, along with the President, are responsible for the participation in student advocacy organization.

The GSA is always looking for volunteers.

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Brit Paris • President 2018-2019

Brit began her term as GSA President while an MA Student in the Werklund School of Education. She successfully defended her thesis on the influence of language proficiency on student response to written corrective feedback in the summer term and began her PhD in Educational Research in September. She also holds a BA in German and a BA (Honours) in Linguistics from the University of Calgary, and a BEd from the University of Alberta. Her current research interests focus on postsecondary student use of written corrective feedback and the instructional strategies that can be employed to improve this use.

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Mina Iskander • VP Student Life 2018-2019

Mina is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering and is doing his research on Fracture Mechanics of brittle solids under compression. Mina has an MSc in Structural Engineering from Ain Shams University in Egypt. While being a registered Engineer-in-training (EIT) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Mina has a wide-range of industry experience as a Structural Engineer in Canada and Egypt.

Previous to his time with the GSA, Mina was the Chair of the Events Committee and the Vice President Events in the Civil Engineering Graduate Society (CEGS) in 2017-2018.

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Mohammad Mansouri • VP Finance & Services 2018-2019

Mohammad is a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UCalgary. He successfully passed his courses and field of study (FOS) exam and began working on his research in May of 2017. Mohammad also holds an MSc and a BSc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering specializing in control and power systems from the Isfahan University of Technology and the Technical Institute of Mashhad. His current research focuses on identifying sources and parameters of disturbances in power systems that potentially can make them more sustainable. Before entering his PhD program, Mohammad worked in the electrical industry.

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Elena Favaro • VP Academic 2018-2019

Elena is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography where her research is focused on bridging the gap between planetary scientists and geomorphologists when it comes to investigating bedrock-abraded landforms and aeolian (wind-blown) bedforms on Earth and Mars.

Elena holds a BSc (Honours Specialization) in Geography from the University of Western Ontario, and an MSc in Geography from Queen’s University. During her graduate career, she has undertaken fieldwork in remote areas of the Canadian High Arctic and Northwestern Argentina.

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Marcela Coelho Lopes • VP External 2018-2019

Marcela is a PhD Student in Transportation at the Schulich School of Engineering. She received her bachelor in Civil Engineering in 2015 from Universidade Federal de Alagoas, located in her hometown in Brazil. After her bachelor degree, Marcela started grad school and got her Master of Sciences in Aeronautics Infrastructural Engineering from Aeronautics Institute of Technology in 2017, also in Brazil.

Marcela likes to dedicate her non-academic time advocating on behalf of her community, helping students and providing a better environment inside the University.

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