About the GSA

GSA VP Labour

GSA Vice-President Labour 2017-2018: Sasha van der Klein

"The Vice-President Labour is responsible for labour-related matters concerning graduate students" (GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section D: GSA Officers, GSA Bylaw, Section D.BYL.2.2.d).

E-Mail: gsa.vplabour@ualberta.ca

Biography: 

Born and raised in Leiden, a small city in the Netherlands, I obtained my bacheloand master degree in Animal Science from Wageningen University. I am crazy about chickens, therefore I moved to Edmonton to do my PhD with Martin Zuidhof. Apart from chickens, I also really like sports and horses, mostly a combination of the two. Since Canadians are crazy about ice hockey and I was aiming at integrating quickly, I also started to play hockey. This turned out to be a great success, I really enjoy that! Though I haven’t quite got rid of some of my Dutch habits, my main method of transportation around campus and the city is still my bike.  

Resume:

My PhD research topic is nutrition and lighting in broiler breeders, the parents of your chicken nuggets. I am looking at how day length during rearing influences the performances of the hens, so practically how many good quality eggs the hen lays. At Wageningen University, I was teaching assistant for several courses, student representative of the Animal Breeding and Genetics chair group and member of several other committees. I have volunteered on several events such as the ALES100 open days and I am actively engaging undergraduate students in (poultry) research. I have been an active leader in the Poultry Research Centre Student Club for the last two years and I have been representative for the Agriculture Food and Nutritional Science department of the Graduate Student Association of the Faculty of Agriculture Life and Environmental Sciences during the 2015-2016 academic year.

I ran for Vice-President Labour again this year as I experienced in my first term that many graduate student are facing issues with employment at the University of Alberta. My experience over the last year has given me a broad scope on the issues, and prepared me well for the negotiations for the next Collective Agreement, coming up this year. I have a clear, direct, and helpful nature, which will allow me to be an effective negotiator and helps me to continue supporting graduate students within the wide range of challenging environments here at the U of A.