Professional Development Advisory Board

Sarah Ficko

Sarah Ficko

Sarah Ficko, MA

Graduate Students' Association President 
University of Alberta


Sarah started her PhD at the University of Alberta in 2012, after completing a BSc in 2006 and a BEd in 2007 from Queen’s University, and then a MSc in 2010 from the Royal Military College of Canada. Her current research is focusing on developing techniques for arctic tundra revegetation at a diamond mine in the Northwest Territories. Sarah is the 2016-2017 GSA President, and previously served as the GSA Vice-President Labour in 2015-2016. In this position she led the collective bargaining negotiations and served on many mental health-related committees. Other involvement in the University included her presidency of the Land Reclamation International Graduate Students (LRIGS) student group. She also has served as Vice-President Academic for the Golden Key International Honour Society; Co-President of the Circumpolar Student Association; and Renewable Resources graduate student representative on both her departmental council and the ALES Faculty Council.