GSA Elections



By-election Announcement

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) will be holding a By-election to fill a vacancy in the following position: Associate Vice President, Labour (LRC Chair) next week on November 9 and 10, 2020.

The candidates for the Associate Vice President Labour/Chair position are as follows:

*Notice: Candidate Shelley Alexander has withdrawn from the By-election. (as of November 5, 2020)

Voting is open to those graduate students who have been academically employed (i.e., GAT, GANT, GAR) with UCalgary over the past 12 months.

You will be able to vote starting at 12:00 am on Monday, November 9 until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. When voting opens, you will receive an email to your UCalgary email address and here is how you can vote:

  1. Click on the personalized voting link in the email you receive on November 9
  2. You will be re-directed to Qualtrics for the voting
  3. Enter your UCalgary email address and UCID to authenticate
  4. Follow the steps provided to start voting (please complete every prompt)
  5. Please do not open the link until you are ready to vote (there is a risk of your link timing out)

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

The Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Calgary By-election shall be governed in accordance with the GSA’s Bylaws article 14 & 18.

Important By-elections Dates

Important By-election Dates

Friday, October 16 – Official Announcement of By-Election for the AVP Labour (LRC Chair)

Friday, October 16 – Nominations open (9:00 am)

Wednesday, October 28 – Nominations close (4:30 pm)

Thursday, October 29 – Nominees are notified by 12:00 pm (noon)

Thursday, October 29 – All Candidates Campaign Meeting (mandatory) (2:00 – 3:00 pm Zoom meeting)

Friday, October 30 – Candidate platforms due to CRO (1:00 pm)

Monday, November 2 – Campaigning begins (9:00 am)

Wednesday, November 4 – By-Election Forum (5:00 pm online) Please email for access link.

Friday, November 6 – Campaigning ends (5:00 pm)

Monday and Tuesday, November 9 - 10 – By-Election Online Voting Period Open (Academically Employed Graduate Students only)

Wednesday, November 11 – Provisional By-election results announced (after 12 pm)


Nominate yourself: By-election Nomination Form 2020

Learn about the rules around Elections: 2020 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!