GSA Standing Committees

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.

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GSA Appeals and Complaints Board

Mandate Summary:

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

Membership:

Chair  To be filled
Vice-Chair & Member of the GSA  Jessica Kennedy (Human Ecology)
Member of the GSA Emmanuel Marfo (Nursing)
Member of the GSA Christina Saed (Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Member of the GSA Kenzie Gordon (Media & Technology Studies)
Member of the GSA Janyne Johnson (Pharmacology)
Member of the GSA To be filled
Member of the GSA To be filled
Member of the GSA Juliana Lasso Mendez (Pediatrics)
GSA Councillor Laura Manerus (Biological Sciences)
GSA Councillor Eric Beaudry (Mechanical Engineering)
GSA Councillor To be filled
GSA Councillor To be filled
(GSA Bylaw and Policy on GSA ACB)

For information only: Sample Procedures for Hearings, and Hearing Summary Template Elements

GSA Awards Selection Committee

Mandate Summary:

The GSA ASC selects the recipients of the GSA Council-approved GSA Recognition Awards and reviews Policy on GSA Recognition Awards annually and makes any recommendations to GSA Council.

Membership:

Vice-President External & Chair

Janmejay Rao (Mechanical Engineering)

Vice-President Student Services & Vice-Chair

Monisha Vinod (Business)

Member of the GSA Amber Ali (Pediatrics)
Member of the GSA Breanne Aylward (Public Health)
Member of the GSA Thomas Cam (Electrical Engineering)
Member of the GSA Matthias Lottmann (Mechanical Engineering)
Member of the GSA Priscilla Luu (Educational Policy Studies)
Member of the GSA Erika Nelson (Educational Policy Studies)
Member of the GSA Fernanda Laís Fengler Dal Pizzol (Nursing)
Member of the GSA -
Member of the GSA -
Member of the GSA -
Member of the GSA -
Member of the GSA -
(GSA Bylaw and Policy on GSA ASC)
GSA Board

Mandate Summary:

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

Membership:

President & Chair Anas Fassih (Political Science)
Vice-President Academic Bishoi Aziz (Pediatrics)
Vice-President External Janmejay Rao (Mechanical Engineering)
Vice-President Labour Hiren Kaklotar (Mechanical Engineering)
Vice-President Student Services Monisha Vinod (Business)
GSA Councillor (non-voting) To be filled
GSA Councillor (non-voting) To be filled
GSA Councillor (non-voting) To be filled
Senator (non-voting) Md Habibur Rahaman (Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Science)
Speaker (non-voting) Dweej Shah (Mechanical Engineering)
Executive Director (non-voting) Courtney Thomas
Associate Director (non-voting) Erika Heiberg
(GSA Bylaw and Policy on GSAB)
GSA Budget and Finance Committee

Mandate Summary:

The GSA BFC advises on the financial affairs of the GSA and on the provision of the long-term financial health of the GSA. 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.

Membership:

President & Chair Anas Fassih (Political Science)
Vice-President Labour & Vice-Chair Hiren Kaklotar (Mechanical Engineering)
GSA Councillor To be filled
Member of the GSA Maria Bartoli (Business)
Member of the GSA Doug Leong (Secondary Education)
Executive Director (non-voting) Courtney Thomas
Accountant (non-voting) Shirley Ball
Financial Manager (non-voting) Dorte Sheikh

(GSA Bylaw and Policy on GSA BFC)

GSA Elections and Referenda Committee

Mandate Summary:

The GSA ERC 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.

Membership:

Member of the GSA & Chair Jennifer Bertrand (Kinesiology, Sports, & Recreation)
Member of the GSA & Vice-Chair To be filled
Member of the GSA To be filled
Member of the GSA To be filled
Member of the GSA Elisabeth Kezia Widjaja (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
GSA Councillor To be filled
Chief Returning Officer (non-voting) Sophie Shi (Chemical & Materials Engineering)
Deputy Returning Officer (non-voting) To be filled
(GSA Bylaw and Policy on GSA ERC)
GSA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Mandate Summary:

The GSA EDIC works to ensure that the GSA reflects the principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) for all its members in the interests of enhancing the graduate student experience and ensuring the existence of a welcoming environment and cohesive community for graduate students on campus.

Membership:

President & Chair Anas Fassih (Political Science)
VP Student Services & Vice-Chair Monisha Vinod (Business)
Member of the GSA Claudia Althoen (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences)
Member of the GSA Andrea Petryk (Business - MBA)
Member of the GSA Nicole Rodriguez (Pediatrics)
Member of the GSA Shalea Nichols (Political Science) 
Member of the GSA Ana Perdomo (Business - MBA)
Member of the GSA Claire David (Educational Psychology)
Member of the GSA Hope Eze (English and Film Studies)
Member of the GSA Nzubechukwu Ezeonyi (Chemical & Materials Engineering)
Member of the GSA Joana Mazumder (Media & Technology Studies)
Member of the GSA Jesaya Tunggal (Media & Technology Studies)
Executive Director (non-voting) Courtney Thomas 
(GSA Bylaw and Policy on GSA EDIC)
GSA Governance Committee

GSA Governance Committee (GSA GC)

Mandate Summary:

The 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.

Membership:

President & Chair Anas Fassih (Political Science)
Vice-President Labour & Vice-Chair Hiren Kaklotar (Mechanical Engineering)
GSA Councillor Lily Lui (Nursing)
GSA Councillor Emilie Desnoyers (Psychiatry)
GSA Councillor To be filled
Speaker (non-voting) Dweej Shah (Mechanical Engineering)
Executive Director (non-voting) Courtney Thomas
(GSA Bylaw and Policy on GSA GC)
GSA Labour Relations Committee

Mandate Summary:

The GSA LRC discusses issues of concern regarding academically-employed graduate students and the Collective Agreement.

Membership:

Vice-President Labour & Chair Hiren Kaklotar (Mechanical Engineering)
Vice-Chair Nayiar Shahid (Pharmacology)
Member of the GSA & Academically-Employed Graduate Student Alex Bunten-Walberg (English & Film Studies)
Member of the GSA & Academically-Employed Graduate Student Aminreza Khandan (Mechanical Engineering)
Member of the GSA & Academically-Employed Graduate Student Molly Swain (Native Studies)
Member of the GSA & Academically-Employed Graduate Student Md Mizanur Rahman (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Member of the GSA & Academically-Employed Graduate Student Maryam Adesunkanmi (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Member of the GSA & Academically-Employed Graduate Student Josephine Bolaji (Human Ecology)
Member of the GSA & Academically-Employed Graduate Student Yucong Dayton Chen (Chemical & Materials Engineering)
Faculty Steward (Agricultural, Life & Environmental Science) (non-voting) Kyle Van Camp
Faculty Steward (Arts) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Business) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Campus St. Jean) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Education) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Engineering) (non-voting) MD Habibur Rahaman
Faculty Steward (Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Law) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Medicine & Dentistry) (non-voting) Kevin Joannou
Faculty Steward (Native Studies) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Nursing) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences) (non-voting) Mohammed Abdel Wahd Elkhatib
Faculty Steward (Public Health) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Rehabilitation Medicine) (non-voting) To be filled
Faculty Steward (Science) (non-voting) Brette Harris
(GSA Bylaw and Policy on GSA LRC)
GSA Nominating Committee

Mandate Summary:

The GSA NoC 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.

Membership:

Member of the GSA & Chair Elisabeth Kezia Widjaja (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science)
Member of the GSA & Vice-Chair Qiuyu Sun (Pediatrics)
Member of the GSA Joana Mazumder (Media & Technology Studies)
Member of GSA Council To be filled
Member of GSA Council To be filled
President (non-voting) Anas Fassih (Political Science)
Executive Director (non-voting) Courtney Thomas
(GSA Bylaw and Policy on GSAB)