General Director Nominations 2019-20


Graduate Students’ Association General Director Elections Call for Applications: General Directors

Deadline: Monday, September 23, 2019 – 4:30 p.m.

According to GSA By-Laws (Section 3.0):  Graduate students are eligible to be nominated for a position as General Director, if the membership requirement is met.

Membership Requirement

The membership of the GSA shall consist of individuals registered in graduate degree programs at the University, as recognized by the Office of Graduate Studies, and have paid the GSA Membership fee for Fall 2019 (Winter and Summer 2020 terms – will opt-in to GSA at point of registration).

Nomination Deadline:

Monday, September 23, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Campaign Period: September 24 & 25 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Voting Period: September 26 & 27 2019, up to 11:59 p.m.

Elected Term: October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.

Please note that General Directors must opt-in to the GSA during the Fall 2019, Winter 2020 and Summer 2020 terms to be eligible to serve on the GSA Board of Directors.

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is the sole official representative body of graduate students at the University of Guelph. 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. For more information on the GSA, please visit http:/

The GSA is operated by a Board of Directors, which consists of an elected Executive Committee, up to two (2) General Directors from each department and up to two (2) International Student Representatives.

Duties of Graduate Students’ Association General Directors

General Directors serve as the primary mode of communication between the GSA and their University departments. General Directors are required to:

  • attend monthly meetings of the GSA Board, held on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
  • communicate GSA news back to their department via:
    • Monthly Newsletter
    • Board Meeting Update Newsletter
    • (Rare) communication from GSA outside of Board Meetings
  • represent the GSA on at least one GSA or University-level committee and provide a brief monthly written committee report to the GSA seven (7) days prior to each Board Meeting.

According to the GSA Constitution and By-Laws: 5.4.1. A General Director shall be removed from their position if: (a) He/she fails to fulfill General Director obligations as outlined in these bylaws for three (3) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Directors (b) He/she is absent without regrets from any three (3) regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Directors and the AGM.

General Director Nomination Process

1. Eligibility

Full- and part-time graduate students who are GSA members (opted-in to the GSA) for the Fall 2019; and will opt in during the Winter and Spring/Summer 2020 semesters.

The elected term is from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.

2. Nomination Period

September 23 2019, 4:30 p.m. Send an email application to the GSA Chief Returning Officer (CRO) by the nomination deadline, including the required information (see below). Paper applications will not be accepted.

3. Campaigning Period 

September 24 & 25 2019, 4:30 p.m. Candidates have the option of campaigning for their position. All campaign materials must be approved by the CRO, and must be removed by 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the campaign period. This includes all use of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.). No campaigning materials are permitted during the voting period.

4. Voting Period

September 26 & 27 2019, up to 11:59 p.m. In the event of a single nomination for any department, there shall be a (yes/no) vote to ensure that the candidate is satisfactory to the membership. Please contact the GSA CRO for further information.

Graduate Students’ Association General Director Application Form

Please send an email (using your U of G e-mail account) application to: GSA Chief Returning Officer, Include all content in the body of the e-mail.

Please include the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Student I.D.
  3. Name of Department
  4. Brief autobiography of up to 150 words (which will be considered a public document)

Please note: the ballot will include your name, department, and autobiography. Any autobiographies that exceed the word limit will be cut off at 150 words.

Your email nomination form indicates that you have reviewed the duties of the GSA General Directors and are familiar with the relevant GSA By-laws.

Board Meeting schedule


GSA CRO (Chief Returning Officer)


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