Elections

The GSA hosts the General Election every March to give the active members of the Association the opportunity to run for and elect the student representatives for the following academic year.
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2024 GSA Election Candidates

Here are your 2024 GSA Election candidates:

GSA President Nominees:

  • Saaka Sulemana Saaka

GSA Vice President Academic Nominees:

  • Alexandria Poppendorf
  • Jett Penner
  • Adarsh Gopakumar Panicker
  • Ahmed Inzaman Chowdhury

GSA Vice President External Nominees:

  • Hunter Yaworski
  • Mohit Sanjaybhai Kanani

GSA Vice President Student Life Nominees:

  • Karla Oliveira
  • Nadia Ghazanfari
  • Nizamuddin Iliyaz

Vice President Finance and Services Nominees:

  • Ahmed Ishmam Chowdhury
  • Kaylee MacLean
  • Vivek Kapadiya

AVP Labour Nominees:

  • Karina Hincapie Martinez

Position Descriptions

There are six positions available for current GSA members to run for. The descriptions and time commitment information are available below. Please note that the time commitment information is only an estimate, and the actual time commitment might vary from year to year for all positions.

We highly encourage graduate students who are interested in running for these positions contact the current Board members to learn more about the responsibilities, work load, and the position's potential impact on your graduate study.

Want to Learn More?

Connect with the Current Executives

Email or set up a meeting with our Executives!

Attend an Election Information events

  • Breakfast with the GSA event - Feb. 6
  • Info Booth @ ICT Building - Feb. 7
  • Info Booth @ Downtown Campus - Feb.15
  • Info Booth @ Peer Beyond - Feb. 22
  • Info Booth @ Earth Science - Feb. 28
  • Info Booth @Foothills - Mar. 11
  • Info Booth @ ICT Building - Mar.12

Election Timeline

  • Feb. 5 – Official Announcement of Election
  • Feb. 5 – Nominations Open (12:30 PM)
  • Feb.16 – Nominations Close (4:00 PM)
  • Feb. 16 – Campaigning Begins (4:00 PM)
  • Feb. 16 – Nominees are Notified (by 6:00 PM)
  • Feb. 21 – All Candidates Campaign Meeting (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Feb. 22 – Candidate platforms due to CRO (12:00 PM)
  • Feb. 27 – Election Forum before GRC Meeting (TBD)
  • Mar. 8 – Campaigning Ends (11:59 PM)
  • Mar. 11 & Mar. 12 – Voting days

Within 24 Hours of Polls Closing,  Mar. 13 – Election provisional announcements (5:00 PM) at the Last Defence Lounge (LDL)

Mar. 15 - Vote Scrutineering (getting feedback from candidates)

*All times shown in Mountain Time (MT)

IMPORTANT ELECTION DOCUMENTS

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.

Review the GSA Strategic Plan

The GSA's 2023-2026 Strategic Planning document guides the GSA's governance and operation activities in order to achieve the vision graduate students want the GSA to achieve.

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!