Governance

GSA Standing Committees

Composition & Current Membership

The work of the GSA is supported by the efforts of nine Standing Committees. Committee composition and mandate are provided below, with further information available in GSA Policy.

The nine Standing Committees are:


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The GSA has nine (9) standing committees and represents graduate students on dozens of bodies external to the GSA.

If you are interested in committee service, please watch for advertisements from the GSA Nominating Committee in the GSA Newsletter.

You may also e-mail gsa.nomcomm@ualberta.ca for additional information.


GSA Appeals and Complaints Board (GSA ACB)

GSA Appeals and Complaints Board Mandate Summary:

The GSA Appeals and Complaints Board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals of GSA Chief Returning Officer (CRO) decisions and complaints about GSA Officers as allowed by Section 94(3) of the Post-Secondary Learning Act.


Click here to see the COMPOSITION and MANDATE of the GSA Appeals and Complaints Board (Section H: Performance, Conduct, Responsibilities, and Attendance, and the GSA Appeals and Complaints Board, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Appeals and Complaints Board).

GSA Appeals and Complaints Board Hearing Committees, Sample Procedures for Hearings: FOR INFORMATION - NOT PART OF GSA POLICY

GSA Appeals and Complaints Board Hearing Summary Template Elements: FOR INFORMATION - NOT PART OF GSA POLICY

GSA Appeals and Complaints Board Membership:

Chair of the GSA ACB To be filled
Vice-Chair of the GSA ACB Benjamin Decardi-Nelson (Chemical and Materials Engineering), Member of the GSA
Member of the GSA Ahsan Ahmed (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Member of the GSA Radim Barta (Oncology)
Member of the GSA Gautam Gaur (Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Sciences)
Member of the GSA Sarang Gumfekar (Chemical and Materials Engineering
Member of the GSA Liam Heffernan (Renewable Resources)
Member of the GSA Sparsh Patel (Pediatrics)
Member of the GSA Yasmeen Jaafar (Joint JD/MBA)
Member of GSA Council Atticus Harrigan (Linguistics) Alternate
Member of GSA Council Benjamin Gruber (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) Alternate
Member of GSA Council To be filled 
Member of GSA Council To be filled
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GSA Awards Selection Committee (GSA ASC)

GSA Awards Selection Committee Mandate Summary:

The GSA Awards Selection Committee selects the recipients of the GSA Council-approved GSA Awards and the Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award and is consulted about any proposed changes to the number, selection, criteria, names, and value of the GSA Awards.

Click here to see the COMPOSITION and MANDATE of the GSA Awards Selection Committee (Section O: GSA Recognition Awards, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Awards Selection Committee).

GSA Awards Selection Committee Membership:

Vice-President External and Chair of the GSA ASC Masoud Khademi (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Vice-President Labour and Vice-Chair of the GSA ASC Sasha van der Klein (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
Member of the GSA Grant Norman (Neuroscience)
Member of the GSA Krista McFadyen (Law; Educational Policy Studies)
Member of the GSA Margot Challborn (Political Science)
Member of the GSA Rebecca Horne (Human Ecology)
Member of the GSA Honey Bhatia (Civil Engineering)
Member of the GSA Bahador Rashidi (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Member of the GSA Mostafa Tawfeek (Civil Engineering)
Member of the GSA Alix Clarke (Dental Hygiene)
Member of the GSA Yingzhou Li (Earth and Atmospheric Science)
Member of the GSA Wade Michaelchuk (Physical Education and Recreation)
Member of the GSA Preshit Verma (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Member of the GSA To be filled
Member of the GSA To be filled
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GSA Board (GSAB)

GSA Board Mandate Summary:

The GSA Board is the senior administrative authority of the GSA and the discussion forum for the GSA Officers and Directors.

Click here to see the COMPOSITION and MANDATE of the GSA Board (Section F: GSA Standing Committees, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Board).

GSA Board Membership:

President and Chair of GSAB Babak Soltannia (Mechanical Engineering)
Vice-President Academic  Firouz Khodayari (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Vice-President External Masoud Khademi (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Vice-President Labour Sasha van der Klein (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
Vice-President Student Services Royle Feng (Earth and Atmoshperic Sciences)
Member of GSA Council (non-voting) Kenzie Gordon (Humanities Computing)
Member of GSA Council (non-voting) Yilina Liubaoerjijin (Rehabilitation Science)
Member of  GSA Council (non-voting) Gabriel O. Ojakovo (Music)
Senator (non-voting) Trent Nabe (MBA)
Speaker (non-voting) Joshua Connauton (Educational Policy Studies)
GSA Executive Director (non-voting) Courtney Thomas
GSA Director of Operations (non-voting) Heather Hogg
GSA Associate Director (non-voting) Julie Tanguay
GSA Assistant Director (non-voting) Lisa Hareuther
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GSA Budget and Finance Committee (GSA BFC)

GSA Budget and Finance Committee Mandate Summary:

The GSA Budget and Finance Committee advises the President and management on the financial affairs of the GSA and provides for the long-term financial health of the organization. Members are expected, by GSA Council, to rise above any local departmental views or issues and to take into account the needs of the GSA as a whole.


Click here to see the COMPOSITION and MANDATE of the GSA Budget and Finance Committee (Section K: Finances, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Budget and Finance Committee).

GSA Budget and Finance Committee Membership:

President and Chair of the GSA BFC Babak Soltannia (Mechanical Engineering)
Vice-President Labour and Vice-Chair of the GSA BFC Sasha van der Klein (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
Member of GSA Council Dasha Smirnow (Business)
Member of the GSA Michele DuVal (Biological Sciences)
Member of the GSA Sina Yansori (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)
GSA Executive Director (non-voting) Courtney Thomas
GSA Director of Operations (non-voting) Heather Hogg
GSA Accountant (non-voting) Shirley Ball
GSA Financial Manager (non-voting) Dorte Sheikh

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GSA Elections and Referenda Committee (GSA ERC)

GSA Elections and Referenda Committee Mandate Summary:

The GSA Elections and Referenda Committee advises the CRO on all matters pertaining to elections, referenda, and by-elections. The GSA ERC also reviews Elections and Referenda Bylaws and Policies and makes recommendations annually to GSA Council.

Click here to see the COMPOSITION and MANDATE of the GSA Elections and Referenda Committee (Section I: Elections, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Elections and Referenda Committee).

GSA Elections and Referenda Committee Membership:

Chair of the GSA ERC (Member of GSA) Leigh Spanner (Political Science)
Vice-Chair of the GSA ERC Ding Xu (Political Science)
Member of the GSA Jennifer Bertrand (Physical Education and Recreation)
Member of the GSA Hayden Danyluk (Surgery)
Member of the GSA Amritha Jayad Prasad (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Member of the GSA Council Yilun Wu (Physiology)
Chief Returning Officer (non-voting) Darcy Bemister (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Deputy Returning Officer (non-voting) Michel DuVal (Biological Sciences)
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GSA Governance Committee (GSA GC)

GSA Governance Committee Mandate Summary:

The GSA Governance Committee (GSA GC) advises GSA Council on GSA Bylaw and matters of GSA Policy not in the purview of any other Standing Committee and reports recommended changes to GSA Council. The GSA GC also makes any routine or editorial changes to the governance documents as deemed necessary by the Committee.

Click here to see the COMPOSITION and MANDATE of the GSA Governance Committee (Section F: GSA Standing Committees, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Governance Committee).

GSA Governance Committee Membership:

President and Chair of the GSA GC Babak Soltannia (Mechanical Engineering)
Vice-President Labour Sasha van der Klein (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
Member of GSA Council Micheal Armstrong (Chemistry)
Member of GSA Council Nicole Noel (Biological Sciences)
Member of GSA Council To be filled
Speaker (non-voting) Joshua Connauton (Educational Policy Studies)
GSA Executive Director (non-voting) Courtney Thomas
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GSA Labour Relations Committee (GSA LRC)

GSA Labour Relations Committee Mandate Summary:

The GSA Labour Relations Committee discusses issues of concern regarding graduate student assistantships and assists the Vice-President Labour on issues with graduate student assistantships as well as with the interpretation of the Collective Agreement(s).

Click here to see the COMPOSITION and MANDATE of the GSA Labour Relations Committee (Section F: GSA Standing Committees, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Labour Relations Committee).

GSA Labour Relations Committee Membership:

Vice-President Labour and Chair of the GSA LRC Sasha van der Klein (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
Vice-President External and Vice-Chair of the GSA LRC Masoud Khademi (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Member of the GSA Micheal Armstrong (Chemistry)
Member of the GSA Kerolous Messeha (Medicine)
Member of the GSA Beth Richardson (Cell Biology)
Member of the GSA Katelyn Humphreys (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
Member of the GSA Dasha Smirnow (Business)

Note: The number of members is determined in consultation with the Chair of the GSA LRC and the GSA Nominating Committee Administrative Chair.

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GSA Negotiating Committee (GSA NC)

GSA Negotiating Committee Mandate Summary:

The GSA Negotiating Committee reviews the Collective Agreement between the GSA and the University of Alberta, prepares the Opening Position, and negotiates the Collective Agreement, including salary, benefits, policy, and regulations governing graduate student assistantships and finalizes the agreement with the University.

Click here to see the COMPOSITION and MANDATE of the GSA Negotiating Committee (Section F: GSA Standing Committees, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Negotiating Committee).

GSA Negotiating Committee Membership:

Vice-President Labour and Chair of the GSA NC Sasha van der Klein (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
Vice-President Academic and Vice-Chair of the GSA NC Firouz Khodayari (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Member of the GSA Beth Richardson (Cell Biology)
Member of the GSA Dasha Smirnow (Business)
GSA Labour Professional (non-voting) Heather Hogg
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GSA Nominating Committee (GSA NoC)

GSA Nominating Committee Mandate Summary:

The GSA Nominating Committee selects and replenishes graduate student representatives to Councils, committees, and bodies requiring such representation other than ex-officio representation by the President, Vice-Presidents, or Directly-Elected Officers.

Click here to see the COMPOSITION and MANDATE of the GSA Nominating Committee (Section E: Nominating, GSA Policy, GSA Standing Committees, GSA Nominating Committee).

GSA Nominating Committee Membership:

Member of the GSA and Chair of the GSA NoC Radim Barta (Oncology)
Member of GSA Council and Vice-Chair of the GSA NoC Kenzie Gordon (Humanities Computing)
Member of GSA Council Swai Mon Khaing (Biochemistry)
Member of the GSA Obunikem Eziuzo (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Member of the GSA Ahsan Ahmed (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
President (non-voting) Babak Soltannia (Mechanical Engineering)
GSA Executive Director (non-voting) Courtney Thomas
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