GSA Elections


Official Announcement of the GSA’s 2021 By-Election

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

  • Vice President External

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 (CRO) at and the GSA’s Governance and Services Coordinator at

Candidate Platforms

There are two candidates running in the GSA's 2021 By-election. Please click on their names to view their platforms:

Important By-elections Dates

Thursday, April 1 – Official Announcement of By-Election for the VP External role

Thursday, April 1 – Nominations open (9:00 am MT)

Friday, April 16 – Nominations close (4:30 pm MT)

Monday, April 19 – Candidates are notified by 12:00 pm (noon) MT

Monday, April 19 – All Candidates Campaign Meeting (mandatory) (4:00 – 5:00 pm MT Zoom meeting)

Tuesday, April 20 – Candidate platforms due to CRO (1:00 pm MT)

Wednesday, April 21 – Campaigning begins (9:00 am MT)

Tuesday, April 27 – Campaigning ends (5:00 pm MT)

Tuesday, April 27 – By-Election Forum during GRC Meeting (5:30 pm MT)

Tuesday, April 27 – By-Election Vote by GRC Representatives

Wednesday, April 28 – Provisional By-election results announced

Elected Executive Starts Position – May 1

*All times listed in Mountain time (MT)

The Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Calgary By-election shall be governed in accordance with the GSA Bylaws article 14 & 15, Election Policy article 10.


Nominate yourself:

By-Election Nomination Form 2021 - For VP External position

Learn about the rules around Elections: 2021 Election Policy

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

GSA Election Formal Complaint Form

Learn about the VP External role!

The VP External is responsible for activities related to student advocacy, government relations, community engagement and outreach, as well as, jointly with the President, media and communications. This position is supported by other executives and GSA staff, especially the Research and Advocacy Analyst. The VP External is a voting member of the GSA’s Board of Directors and helps enforce the by-laws of the organization. The VP External is expected to be working approximately 10-15 hours per week.

To learn more about this position, please email Christine, our current VP External, at or meet her on Wednesday, April 7 at 1 pm on Zoom (Email to receive the Zoom link).

GSA 2021 General Election Results

March 10, 2021: Thank you for voting and running in the 2021 GSA General Election. A total of 508 graduate students voted in our Executives Election accounting for 7.1%. The GSA is pleased to congratulate the elected officials: Tanille Shandro as President; Alex Paquette as VP Academic; Kabita Baral as VP Student Life, and Mary Zhang as VP Finance and Services. Keira Gunn was acclaimed as the Associate Vice President Labour according to the GSA Bylaws. The results are currently provisional and will be certified by the CRO after a formal review.

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!