Nominations closed

GSA Call for Nominations
Executive Committee 2017 - 2018
Nomination Deadline:  February 15, 2017

Campaign Period:  February 20 – March 6, 2017

Voting Period:  March 7 – 10, 2017


The GSA is the sole official representative body of graduate students at the University of Guelph. The GSA is operated by a Board of Directors, which consists of an elected Executive Committee and representatives from each department. The Executive Committee is comprised of a President, Vice President Internal, Vice President Finance and Vice President External.

Executive Committee Nomination Process

1.     Eligibility
Full and part time graduate students who have at least six (6) months service as a General Director and/or Executive, at the commencement of their term (May 1, 2017).
This requirement is waived if none of the candidates nominated for a position meet the service term requirement. All interested students are encouraged to apply.

2.     What to Do
Submit an email application to the GSA Chief Returning Officer (CRO) by the nomination deadline:  February 15, 2017 (4:30 p.m.). Attach a brief autobiography (not more than 500 words), and include the required information (as outlined below). Paper applications will not be accepted.

3.     Campaigning Period
Candidates have the option of campaigning for their position.  The campaigning period is from February 20 – March 6, 2017.  All campaigning materials must be approved by the CRO, and must be removed by 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the campaigning period. No campaigning materials are permitted during the voting period.

4.     Voting Period
The voting period will be held from March 7 – 10, 2017. In the event of a single nomination for any office, there shall be a (yes/no) vote to ensure that the candidate is satisfactory to the membership.


Graduate Students’ Association Executive Officer Nominee Information
Please send an e-mail application and autobiography to on or before February 15, 2017 (4:30 p.m.).

Nominee Information

·         Position nominated for

·         Name

·         Student I.D.

·         Name of Department

·         Phone number and U of G E-mail address






Duties of GSA Executive Officers

The four Executive positions described below are open for nomination. Candidates must be current members of the GSA, and intend to register for Graduate Studies during the Spring/Summer and Fall 2017 terms, as well as the Winter 2018 Semester; and have at least 6 months service as a General Director and/or Executive at the commencement of their term (May 1, 2017) to be eligible. The 6 month service eligibility clause is waived, if none of the candidates nominated meet the requirement.

Job descriptions may vary slightly due to editorial changes currently being recommended to the By-Laws and Constitution Committee for presentation at the AGM, March 29, 2017. The By-Laws/Constitution outlining responsibilities and duties (in detail) - posted on the GSA website:


Executive Officers are required to submit monthly written reports, as well as attend bi-monthly Executive and monthly Board Meetings.

GSA PRESIDENT: As the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, the President is charged with the responsibility of carrying out the legislation, policies, bylaws, regulations, and resolutions of the Corporation, supervises employees of the GSA, coordinates activities of operational bodies, representing the Corporation at official functions and public occasions, ensuring development of long term goals, priorities, and policies, representing the Corporation at the Board of Graduate Studies, and representing the GSA as an ex-officio member of Senate. The President Chairs the Grad Lounge Sustainability Committee.  Executive Officers attend monthly Student Leaders and Admin meetings.  Honorarium is currently $729.69/month (pending review).

GSA VICE-PRESIDENT INTERNAL: Responsible for establishing and maintaining communication with the GSA membership, maintaining a listing of committees on which graduate students are represented, ensuring graduate student membership and participation on such committees, acting as Chair for the By-Laws and Constitution Committee, assists in coordinating elections/referendum procedures, responsible for the GSA Mobile App, acting as one of the representatives on the U.C. Board, participates on university committees dealing with matters of internal focus. The V.P. Internal facilitates academic dispute resolution meetings.  Executive Officers attend monthly Student Leaders and Admin meetings. Honorarium is currently $672.69/month (pending review).

GSA VICE-PRESIDENT FINANCE:  Responsible for ensuring the keeping of permanent and accurate records of financial transactions of the Corporation and departments operating within the limitations of the Corporation, coordinating the preparation and presentation of a budget, acting as Chair of the Finance and Honoraria Committees, member of the Grad Lounge Sustainability Committee; and responsible for internal communication relating to Student Health and Dental Plans. The V.P. Finance represents the GSA on the bi-weekly Compulsory Fee Committee and the bi-weekly Special Grants/Speakers Fund Committee; Student Health Advisory Committee, Late Appeals Committee and the Emergency Bursary Committee.  Executive Officers attend monthly Student Leaders and Admin meetings.  Honorarium is currently $672.69/month (pending review).

GSA VICE-PRESIDENT EXTERNAL: Responsible for establishing and maintaining communication with university student associations and organizations external to the University of Guelph, specifically but not limited to the Canadian Federation of Students, Ontario Graduate Students’ Alliance and the National Graduate Caucus; presenting campaigns and events centered around federal, provincial, and municipal issues affecting students to the Board of Directors for participation; liaise with the City of Guelph; co-chair the Transit Committee under the membership of the UPass.  Executive Officers attend monthly Student Leaders and Admin meetings.  Honorarium is currently $672.69/month (pending review).

Some of the Student Services the GSA provides are:
Operation of the Graduate Student Lounge; negotiation of health and dental benefits; administration of the bus pass; confidential peer support for students experiencing academic disputes; communication with members through monthly newsletters, the GSA website, and the GSA Mobile App; founded the Emergency/Compassionate Fund; provides Travel Grants  for GSA members presenting at conferences and research-related travel; Child care bursaries.
The GSA acts as a liaison between graduate students and university administration, with GSA representatives sitting on most university committees/presidential task forces and boards.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact GSA CRO,, or Erin Angus,