GSA Elections


FINAL RESULTS

The final results of the GSA By-election are:

  • Mohamed Abdelsamie was elected as the GSA 2019-2020 VP Academic.
  • Basem Halawa was elected as the GSA’s 2019-2020 VP Student Life.

Special thanks to all graduate students that took part in the By-election!
(May 1, 2019)

CANDIDATE PLATFORMS AND BY-ELECTION UPDATES

Nominations are closed for the GSA’s 2019 By-election. There are a total of five (5) candidates for the Vice President Academic position and three (3) candidates for the Vice President Student Life position. Please see below the list of the candidates and their platforms. Any questions about the by-election can be sent to the Chief Returning Officer cro.gsa@ucalgary.ca

Vice President Academic candidates:

Vice President Student Life candidates

* Mr. Abdulwadood Al-Ali has been issued a warning by the Chief Returning Officer.
* Ms. Annamaris Olmo-Velazquez has been issued a warning by the Chief Returning Officer.

By-election Timeline:

Campaign Period – April 22 to 5:30 pm, April 30

By-election Forum – 4:15 pm, April 30 at KNB 132 (Kinesiology Block B)

Campaigning Close – 5:30 pm, April 30

Voting Period – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, April 30

Voting Closes and Provisional Results Announced – 7:30 pm, April 30

Elected Executives Start Position – May 1

Transition Training – 9 am to 4:40 pm, May 1 to May 14 (excluding weekends)

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE GSA’S 2019 BY-ELECTION

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) will be holding a By-election to fill vacancies in the following positions:

  • Vice President Academic
  • Vice President Student Life

Any Active Member of the GSA may run for one (1) position. (Please see GSA bylaws article 4.2 for a description on Active Members.)

If you have questions, please contact the GSA’s Chief Returning Officer at cro.gsa@ucalgary.ca or the GSA’s Governance Coordinator at governance.gsa@ucalgary.ca.

Nomination forms and job descriptions are available on the GSA website at https://gsa.ucalgary.ca/elections

Timeline:

Nominations Open – 9:30 am, April 8

Nomination Period – April 8 – 17

Nominations Close – 4:30 pm, April 17

All Candidates Meeting – 11 am to 1 pm, April 18

Nominee Platforms due to the CRO – 12 pm, April 22

Campaign Period – April 22 to 5:30 pm, April 30

By-election Forum – Time TBA, April 30

Campaigning Close – 5:30 pm, April 30

Voting Period – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, April 30

Voting Closes and Provisional Results Announced – 7:30 pm, April 30

Elected Executives Start Position – May 1

Transition Training – 9 am to 4:40 pm, May 1 to May 14 (excluding weekends)

The Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Calgary election shall be governed in accordance with the GSA’s bylaws article 14.

Questions? Please email cro.gsa@ucalgary.ca

IMPORTANT ELECTIONS DOCUMENTS:

Nominate yourself: GSA By-election Nomination Form-2019

Learn about the rules around Elections: Election Policy 2019

Learn about the roles of the Board Directors:
Board of Directors Job Descriptions 2019

Want to run for a GSA Executive position?


A GSA executive position can be incredibly rewarding. Executives build invaluable professional experience and expand their network by leaps and bounds.
Executive positions also receive a fellowship, contact an Executive or the CRO to learn more details!

Follow these recommended steps before you take the leap and run for an executive position:

Talk to an executive member

Contact our President or VPs and schedule a meeting to talk about your interest in the role. Any of our executive would be happy to discuss their position, and what is involved in the job.

Attend a Graduate Representative Council (GRC) meeting

GRC meetings happen on the last Tuesday of every month from October to May and are open to all graduate students. These meetings are filled with information on what the GSA does and how the executive members serve our students.

Talk to your supervisor

This is very important. An executive position is a big commitment and your supervisor should know about your interest in running and how this may affect your schedule.

Volunteer with the GSA

Nothing will give you more insight into the GSA than volunteering with the organization. Whether it’s sitting on one of our many committees, or helping out with an event, we’d welcome your support!