GSA Council

As per Section C: GSA Council, GSA Bylaw, GSA Council, Section C.BYL.1.1, GSA Council: "The mandate of the GSA Council is to fulfill all responsibilities listed in Section 95 of the Post-Secondary Learning Act."

GSA Council is comprised of:

  • All Directly-Elected Officers as voting members.
  • All Council-Elected Officers and Deputies as non-voting members.
  • One (1) graduate student elected from each department, faculty or extra-departmental unit at the University that offers a graduate program (Departmental Councillors) as voting members.
  • One (1) Councillor elected by the Indigenous Graduate Students' Association (IGSA) as a voting member.
  • Ten (10) Councillors-at-Large (CALs) as voting members.
  • The GSA Directors as non-voting members.

(click here to view GSA Bylaw and Policy)

Click here to see the complete GSA Council membership list.


GSA Council typically meets once a month throughout the year in 2-100 University Hall (Van Vliet Complex). NOTE: Meetings are currently being held remotely.

GSA Council members are expected to attend meetings regularly. Click here to see the GSA Council Attendance Policy.

Click here to view the latest GSA Council meeting material.

The Agenda is prepared each month in accord with GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section C: GSA Council.

GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section C: GSA Council, GSA Policy, GSA Council, Section C.POL.4.3.a states that "members of GSA Council who wish to place an item on the Agenda should contact the Speaker."

Visit the GSA Archive for previous GSA Council meeting materials.

GSA Council Meetings Schedule

2020-2021 2021-2022

25 May 2020

15 June 2020

20 July 2020

17 August 2020

21 September 2020

19 October 2020

16 November 2020

14 December 2020

18 January 2021

22 February 2021

15 March 2021

19 April 2021

10 May 2021

21 June 2021

19 July 2021

16 August 2021

20 September 2021

18 October 2021

15 November 2021

13 December 2021

17 January 2022

28 February 2022

21 March 2022

25 April 2022


How to become a GSA Councillor

Departmental GSA Councillors are elected by the graduate students in their department according to their own procedures. When a department has a Departmental Group, the group determines the procedure of the election. In addition to their GSA Councillor, each department has a seat for an Alternate. Alternates are appointed.

If your department doesn't have a Departmental Group, doesn't have a GSA Councillor, and you are interested in being part of GSA Council, please contact us at gsa.grants@ualberta.ca.

One (1) member of GSA Council is an indigenous graduate student elected by the Indigenous Graduate Students' Association.

GSA Council also has ten (10) positions for Councillors-at-Large. These positions are elected during the GSA General Election.

To learn more about GSA Council, please consult the GSA Council Handbook.

New to GSA Council?

If you have not already done so, please fill out our Councillor Information Form and return it to the GSA office or to gsa.grants@ualberta.ca to ensure that you are added to the GSA Council mailing list.

Also, please click here to consult the GSA Council Handbook, which contains all the information needed to get you ready for GSA Council meetings.

The GSA offers information sessions on various aspects of GSA governance and services. Click here for more information. If you are interested in attending an information session, contact gsa.grants@ualberta.ca to find out when the next one will be offered.

If you have any questions at any time, please email the Speaker at gsa.speaker@ualberta.ca or contact GSA Council Support at gsa.grants@ualberta.ca.