GSA Elections


GSA 2021 Election Updates: Candidates and Platforms

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) will be holding their annual General Election on March 8 and 9, 2021.

On February 12, 2021, the nomination period closed for the 2021 GSA General Election.

The candidates for the Executive positions are as follows (please click on their names to view their platforms):

Tanille Shandro

Vice President Academic
Alex Paquette

Vice President Student Life
Masume Akbari
Kabita Baral
Jay Gohil

Vice President Finance and Services
Mary Zhang

Vice President External
Vacant (There were no candidates for this position. Please wait for more information about the by-election).

There was one candidate for the Associate Vice President Labour position and therefore, this position is acclaimed according to the GSA Bylaws.

Associate Vice President Labour
Keira Gunn (acclaimed)

Update: Randip Dhaliwal has withdrawn from the VP Student Life election. (as of February 23, 2021)

ELECTION FORUM: Tuesday, February 23 at 4:30 pm on Zoom Webinar. 
Register for the Forum here:
All graduate students are welcome to attend to learn more about the candidates. The forum will also be available to view on the GSA Facebook page during this time.

You will be able to vote starting at 12:00 am on Monday, March 8 until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. When voting opens, you will receive an email to your UCalgary email address with instructions on how to vote. Please consider taking part in this year’s general election!

If you have questions, please contact the GSA’s Chief Returning Officer (CRO) at or the GSA’s Governance and Services Coordinator at

Important By-elections Dates

Feb. 1 – Official Announcement of Election

Feb. 1 – Nominations Open (12:30 PM)

Feb.12 – Nominations Close (4:30 PM)

Feb. 15 – Nominees are Notified (by 1:00 PM)

Feb. 17 – All Candidates Campaign Meeting (4:00 PM)

Feb. 18 – Candidate platforms due to CRO (1:00 PM)

Feb. 19 – Campaigning Begins (1 PM)

Feb. 23 – Election Forum before GRC Meeting (time TBD)

Mar. 5 – Campaigning Ends (11:59 PM)

Mar. 8 & Mar. 9 – Voting days

Within 24 Hours of Polls Closing, Mar. 10 – Election provisional announcements (online)

*All times shown in Mountain Time (MT)

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


Nominate yourself:

Nomination Form 2021 - For executive positions

LRC Election Form 2021 - For AVP Labour position

Learn about the rules around Elections: 2021 Election Policy

Learn about the roles of the Board Directors:
Board of Directors Position Descriptions

Learn about the Associate Vice President, Labour (Labour Relations Chair) position:
LRC Chair Position Description

GSA Election Formal Complaint Form

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 generally 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!

Hear about past GSA Executive experiences!