Your Labour Relations Committee


About Labour Relations Committee

The Labour Relations Committee (LRC), chaired by the GSA AVP Labour, exists to represent, support, and educate Academically Employed Graduate Students at the University of Calgary. This includes but is not limited to collective agreement negotiations, the handling of disputes with employers, and advocating for a high standard of graduate student employment. lrc.gsa@ucalgary.ca

Your feedback is important to us. Therefore, we set up an anonymous form so that you can send us your concerns without worrying about revealing your identity. We will work our best to address your concerns.


Your LRC Representatives

Keira Gunn

Keira Gunn
Chair
Ph.D. Student in Mathematics
keira.gunn1@ucalgary.ca

Keira grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and moved to BC in 2009 to complete a Master's degree in Mathematics at UBC.  She taught math at colleges in the Lower Mainland for nearly a decade before moving to Calgary to pursue a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics at UCalgary.  Growing up, Keira's father was a member of United Steelworkers and she experienced the strength and sacrifices of collective bargaining first-hand from various strikes and lockouts throughout her childhood. Labour rights and protections were a regular point of discussion in her household and she is extremely passionate about defending them.

In her spare time, Keira enjoys jigsaw puzzles, videogames, ice hockey, and coddling her 17 year-old cat.

Brittany Lindsay

Brittany Lindsay
Arts Representative
Ph.D. Student in Psychology
bllindsa@ucalgary.ca

Brittany is a 1st year Ph.D. student in Experimental Social Psychology, researching mental health and the stigma around mental illnesses. She completed degrees in both Psychology (M.Sc., B.A.) and Mathematics (B.Sc.) at UCalgary, and has been a student and/or staff here since 2012! When she isn’t working on academics, she likes to go on little hikes with her family (a partner Adam and their rescue dog Mickey), cook and bake gluten-free (she is celiac!), and listen to true crime podcasts.
Emily MacPhail

Emily MacPhail
Medicine Representative
Master's/Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Science
ecmmacph@ucalgary.ca

Emily is an MD/PhD candidate in Medical Science. She likes puzzles, baking custom cakes, and pretty much anything to do with numbers.
Julia Daun

Julia Daun
Kinesiology Representative
Ph.D. Student in Kinesiology
jtdaun@ucalgary.ca

Julia is a PhD student in exercise oncology. She is an exercise physiologist, a wellness advocate, a world traveler, and  a photo-taking enthusiast.
Anna Niedzwiecka

Anna Niedzwiecka
Science Representative
Ph.D. Student in Organic Chemistry
anna.niedzwiecka@ucalgary.ca

Anna is a first year Ph.D. student in Organic Chemistry. She joined the Ling Research Group in 2017 as an undergraduate summer student, and has been researching the synthesis of antibacterial carbohydrate-based vaccines ever since. She also recently took on a project related to COVID-19 antiviral synthesis and is very excited to be part of this global research effort. When she is not in the lab, Anna likes to spend her time conquering new summits in the Rockies, preferably with her dog Meadow at her side.

Maya Stibbards-Lyle

Maya Stibbards-Lyle
Engineering Representative
MSc Student in Biomedical Engineering
maya.stibbardslyle@ucalgary.ca

Maya is a MSc student in biomedical engineering, studying the influence of mechanical forces on the development and progression of breast cancer. Maya grew up understanding the importance of labour rights, given that her family has benefitted from union participation for generations. She was born in Ontario and moved out West to fulfill her dream of living near the Rockies. Outside of school, she enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking and reading.

Anna Niedzwiecka

Jamie Anderson
Education Representative
Ph.D. Student in Educational Research
jamie.anderson1@ucalgary.ca

Jamie is a 2nd year PhD student in Educational Research at the Werklund School of Education. His research is focussed on the experiences of LGBTQ2S+ teachers navigating heteroprofessionalism. He has been a classroom teacher for 10 years and has been involved with The Alberta Teachers’ Association at both the local and provincial levels for half of his career. During that time, he sat at the bargaining table as a member of the Negotiating Subcommittee of his ATA Local. Outside of school, he likes to spend time with his partner and their two cats.

Allan is a MSc student in Computer Science. His research is focussed on security and privacy issues with a particular interest in how those relate to cell phone apps

Brian Gilbert

Currently vacant: Representatives in Schulich School of Engineering, Faculty of Arts, and Faculties other than Arts, Science, and Engineering.

The Labour Relations Committee is looking for representatives in the following faculties: the Faculty of  Science and Schulich School of Engineering.

Labour Relations Committee members play an active role in deciding how the GSA handles labour issues surrounding our Collective Agreement with the University of Calgary. This includes workforce outreach and mobilization initiatives, grievance handling, and bargaining.  No experience is necessary; however all members must be an Academically Employed Graduate Student (must have held a GA(R), GA(T), or GA(NT) in the last 12 months).

Time Commitment: Approximately one meeting per month (1-1.5 hours + 1 hour preparation). In addition, members are encouraged to host outreach sessions to their faculty, subject to their availability.

Application: Please send a statement of interest (max. 300 words) and proof of a recent Graduate Assistantship (paystub, etc.) to lrc.gsa@ucalgary.ca


Your Labour Stewards

Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology and Archaeology Joshua Lockett Harris joshuah.lockett@ucalgary.ca
Faculty of Arts Department of History Quentin Holbert quentin.holbert1@ucalgary.ca
Faculty of Arts Department of Communicaion, Media, and Film Anastasiia Gushchina anastasiia.gushchina@ucalgary.ca
Faculty of Arts School of Languages, Linguistics, and Culture Karina Hincapie karina.hincapie@ucalgary.ca
Faculty of Science Department of Biology Emily Baumgartner emily.baumgartner@ucalgary.ca
Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics and Statistics Kristaps Balodis kristaps.balodis1@ucalgary.ca
Faculty of Science Department of Physics and Astronomy CJ Osakwe cuosakwe@ucalgary.ca
Faculty of Science Department of Biology Rita Eresia-Eke rita.eresiaeke@ucalgary.ca
Schulich School of Engineering Department of Chemistry and Petroleum Dhairya Shah dhairya.shah@ucalgary.ca
Haskayne School of Business Juvelyn Esguerra juvelyn.esguerra@ucalgary.ca

Your LRC Representatives

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Keira Gunn
Chair
Ph.D. Student in Mathematics

Keira grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and moved to BC in 2009 to complete a Master's degree in Mathematics at UBC.  She taught math at colleges in the Lower Mainland for nearly a decade before moving to Calgary to pursue a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics at UCalgary.  Growing up, Keira's father was a member of United Steelworkers and she experienced the strength and sacrifices of collective bargaining first-hand from various strikes and lockouts throughout her childhood. Labour rights and protections were a regular point of discussion in her household and she is extremely passionate about defending them.
In her spare time, Keira enjoys jigsaw puzzles, videogames, ice hockey, and coddling her 17 year-old cat.

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Jacob Lamb
Engineering Representative
Ph.D. Candidate in Civil Engineering

Jacob is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering studying operations and planning of delivery drones and robots. He is an international student from Scotland who first came to Calgary in 2016 during an undergraduate exchange before completing his Masters back home and returning to the true north for his Ph.D. in 2018. One day he hopes to be on that coveted tenure track as he enjoys teaching; he has avidly taken the both the SAGES and Taylor Institute teaching and learning courses. Given COVID-19, most of his free time is spent on video games or painting.
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Brittany Lindsay
Arts Representative
Ph.D. Student in Psychology

Brittany is a 1st year Ph.D. student in Experimental Social Psychology, researching mental health and the stigma around mental illnesses. She completed degrees in both Psychology (M.Sc., B.A.) and Mathematics (B.Sc.) at UCalgary, and has been a student and/or staff here since 2012! When she isn’t working on academics, she likes to go on little hikes with her family (a partner Adam and their rescue dog Mickey), cook and bake gluten-free (she is celiac!), and listen to true crime podcasts.
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Emily MacPhail
Medicine Representative
Master's/Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Science

Brittany is a 1st year Ph.D. student in Experimental Social Psychology, researching mental health and the stigma around mental illnesses. She completed degrees in both Psychology (M.Sc., B.A.) and Mathematics (B.Sc.) at UCalgary, and has been a student and/or staff here since 2012! When she isn’t working on academics, she likes to go on little hikes with her family (a partner Adam and their rescue dog Mickey), cook and bake gluten-free (she is celiac!), and listen to true crime podcasts.
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Julia Daun
Kinesiology Representative
Ph.D. Student in Kinesiology

Brittany is a 1st year Ph.D. student in Experimental Social Psychology, researching mental health and the stigma around mental illnesses. She completed degrees in both Psychology (M.Sc., B.A.) and Mathematics (B.Sc.) at UCalgary, and has been a student and/or staff here since 2012! When she isn’t working on academics, she likes to go on little hikes with her family (a partner Adam and their rescue dog Mickey), cook and bake gluten-free (she is celiac!), and listen to true crime podcasts.
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Brian Gilbert
Education Representative
Master's Student in Chemistry Education

Brittany is a 1st year Ph.D. student in Experimental Social Psychology, researching mental health and the stigma around mental illnesses. She completed degrees in both Psychology (M.Sc., B.A.) and Mathematics (B.Sc.) at UCalgary, and has been a student and/or staff here since 2012! When she isn’t working on academics, she likes to go on little hikes with her family (a partner Adam and their rescue dog Mickey), cook and bake gluten-free (she is celiac!), and listen to true crime podcasts.
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