Executive Director: Pierre Cenerelli
Pierre began as Executive Director in September 2015. Previously, he has worked in external relations for the AMS at UBC and in international relations for the Quebec government. He has served or is serving as a volunteer and board director for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Stanley Park Ecology Society. He received a PhD in Comparative History from Brandeis University in Massachusetts.
The Executive Director ensures that the goals of the Society, as set in its by-laws, strategic plan and Council, are met in a timely fashion. He provides oversight and direction for its daily operation and works collaboratively with a team of elected student directors and standing committees. He is responsible for supervising the work of a number of dedicated, talented, unionized part-time staff members.
Advocate & Policy Advisor: Harjap Grewal
Harjap joined the GSS in August 2018.
The Advocate and Policy Advisor provides support for students in conflict, while concurrently building collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with key players at the University. Additionally, they help the Society with macro-advocacy concerns that affect graduate students as a whole and with internal governance.
Administrator: Jeanette Ordóñez
Jeanette joined the GSS in July 2016. She received a Masters in Political Science and certification in Non-Profit Management from SFU. She has previous experience in the non-profit and government sectors in the US and Spain. She came to SFU from Washington, D.C. and will not miss an opportunity to tell you how much she misses real Mexican food from Texas!
The Administrator is the go-to person for Caucuses, Committees and Councillors. They also provides operational support, including (but certainly not limited to!) bookkeeping, financial reporting and analysis, handling insurance matters and maintaining the official records of the Society.
Administrative Assistant: Niloofar Kazemi
Niloofar joined the GSS team as an Administrative Assistant in June 2018. She is a Master’s student in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology with a focus on Computational Design. She is an international student, trying to help all SFU students feel welcome at the GSS. She is willing to chat with anyone who wants to drop by for a cup of coffee or tea!
Administrative Assistant: Stephanie Yu
Stephanie joined the GSS team as an Administrative Assistant in August 2018. She is a Master’s student in Humanities, focusing on social theory and continental philosophy. She is from Edmonton, Alberta and has experience volunteering with campus sustainability groups and other social justice-oriented non-profits.
The Administrative Assistants are responsible for many duties around the GSS office including: maintaining the lounge and coffee service, booking rooms, scheduling meetings, distributing cheques to students, updating the website and social media streams, answering inquiries, creating electronic content and designing posters.