GSA Executive Committee Election Results

2021-2022 GSA Executive Committee

The GSA is happy to announce the results of the W21 GSA Executive Committee Election. A big congratulations to our elected Executives!

  • President: Nicole Berardi
  • Vice-President Internal: Mohsen Yoosefzadeh Najafabadi
  • Vice-President Finance: Akshay Chadha
  • Vice-President External: Thomas Lapointe

The term of office is May 1st, 2021 to April 30th, 2022.

Universal Student Bus Pass (U-Pass) - Transit Services Update

Since 1995, the Central Student Association (CSA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) have negotiated with the City of Guelph for a bus pass that offers unlimited rides on Guelph Transit at a significantly lower rate than a traditional monthly bus pass.

The current Universal Bus Pass (U-pass) contract will expire on April 30, 2021, as per the referendum question asked in 2016, and can’t be reinstated until a referendum on the U-pass happens.

In Memoriam – Bonnie Runge

The GSA and University community are mourning the loss of Bonnie Runge, our former Grad Lounge Manager (retired September 2020) who passed away on February 28, 2021. Bonnie served as the Grad Lounge Manager for a total of 24 years.

Student Health Plan Referendum W'21 Results: FAILED

The GSA and CSA ran a joint referendum on the Student Health Plan in Winter 2021. The joint referendum failed to meet quorum and therefore the current universal plan remains in place.


Referendum Results – Total GSA + CSA Votes Cast

  • Total GSA + CSA Votes Required for Quorum (GSA Quorum = 10%, CSA Quorum = 20%) – 4,407
  • Total GSA + CSA Votes Cast – 2,847


GSA Executive Committee Elections 2021-2022

GSA Call for Nominations
Executive Committee 2021 - 2022
Nomination Period: February 8 – March 7
Campaign Period: March 8 – 19
Voting Period: March 22 – 23
Term of Office: May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022

GSA Health Plan Referendum Winter 2021

The GSA Board of Directors passed a Motion at the December 9, 2020 Board Meeting, approving the Health Plan Referendum question and timeline for Winter 2021.

Only full-time graduate students are covered under the Health Plan, therefore only full-time graduate students may run a Yes/No campaign and vote on this question.

Full-time graduate students have the opportunity to run a 'yes' or 'no' campaign.  Please contact the GSA CRO (Chief Returning Officer), to register a Campaign.

GSA General Director By-Election 2021 Nominations Now Open!

Nomination Period Opens: Monday, January 18, 2021
Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Graduate Students’ Association General Director By- Elections

Call for Applications: General Directors from vacant and under-represented Departments and Representative Communities

Student Health and Dental Plan Winter 2021 Important Dates

Dental Opt Out

The dental opt-out deadline for NEW ​Winter registrants is January 22, 2021. Please note, if you previously opted out of the dental plan, you must do so again this year. The one-time opt-out process of year's past will be available next year, AFTER data has been collected from this year's opt-out file.​

Please note, the health plan is a mandatory universal plan; the dental plan offers an opt-out with proof of alternate coverage.

Winter 2021 Transit Services Update

Guelph Transit will continue to operate on the current, reduced schedule, which is the "Saturday" Schedule for Mondays-Saturdays, and the "Sunday Schedule" for Sundays and Holidays. All Extra and Express routes serving the University have been cancelled.

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