Elections – Fall 2017

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) Director elections are open now and we want you to run! We would also like to take this opportunity to have a referendum on the GSS membership fees. Please see more details below.

To run in the election, please fill out a nomination form and return it to MBC 2205 or email it to ec@sfugradsociety.ca. Note that each nomination requires 15 signatures from current graduate students and proof of enrolment. The deadline for completed nomination forms is Sunday, November 5 at 11:59 pm.

There will be information sessions for interested candidates. These are a great opportunity to learn about the elections, chat with current Directors about their experiences, and, have some FREE FOOD! The candidate information sessions will be on October 19 from 12-1pm and October 30 from 1-2pm in the GSS Boardroom (MBC 2212).



Open Nominations: Monday October 16, 7 am
Candidate Information Session #1: Thursday, October 19, 12-1 pm
Candidate Information Session #2: Monday, October 30, 1-2 pm
Close Nominations: Sunday, November 5, 11:59 pm
Open Campaigning: Thursday March 9, 11 am
Candidate Write-ups Due: Tuesday, November 7, noon
Candidate Q & A Session: Tuesday, November 7, 1-2 pm
Meet-and-Greet: Tuesday, November 21, 2-4 pm
Close Campaigning: Friday, November 24, 4 pm
Open Polling: Monday, November 27, 7 am
Close Polling: Monday, December 4, noon
Announcement of Results: Tuesday, December 5, 5 pm


These stipended positions are a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and to pursue initiatives and issues that are important to SFU’s graduate student body. Directors sit on the Executive Committee of the GSS, and in the past, have worked on projects such as: U-Pass negotiations, affordable housing advocacy, orientation, Graduate Provincial Scholarship advocacy, and exploring sponsorship opportunities.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record.

Features of these positions:
Open to all current SFU graduate students, including international students
Stipend is $4600/semester
Work an average of 50 hours per month
Sit on Executive Committee and Council
Meet with SFU administrators, such as the AVP Students, VP Finance, and the President
Term: January 1, 2018 until January 15, 2019


The Director of University Relations act as the central liaison to the SFU community, including University administration, the SFSS, dedicated fee groups and allied groups or committees. Spearheads advocacy campaigns that are primarily contained within the SFU community and support graduate student representatives on University committees.

New Terms of Reference (TOR) for the position are currently underway.  The old TOR is available here.


The Director of Finance oversees the creation of the Society’s budget, the annual audit, the everyday financial transactions between the Society and its Caucuses and members, as well as long-term and strategic financial planning for the Society’s finances and investments. The Director of Finance also chairs the Finance and Audit Committee.

New Terms of Reference (TOR) for the position are currently underway.  The old TOR is available here.


The Director of Graduate Services (DGS) oversees two major services used by nearly all graduate students: the Benefit Plan and the U-Pass. The DGS works with the Benefit Plan Committee to address the needs of graduate students and represents SFU graduate students at meetings with Translink, the Ministry of Transportation and other U-Pass partners.

New Terms of Reference (TOR) for the position are currently underway.  The old TOR is available here.


Whereas the British Columbia University Act requires that if a student society changes its fees, the new amount or rate of change must be approved by a majority of the society’s members who vote in a referendum; and
Whereas a majority of Councillors present at the October 10, 2017 meeting of the full Council approved the wording of a referendum question to create a single, unified GSS membership fee:
“Do you agree that as of the fall 2018 semester the Society will unify the general membership fee so that both part-time and full-time students are paying the same amount of $51.65 per graduate student, per semester, which is an increase for part-time students from $25.83 to $51.65 and no change for full-time students, to be increased annually at the rate of inflation as measured by Statistics Canada Consumer Price Index and applied every year in the fall semester? Please note that this represents a price freeze for one year.”
The Referenda Campaign Nomination Form is available here.


Elections and referenda, collectively known as electoral undertakings, are governed by the documents below.

Constitution and By-Laws
R1010 Electoral Undertaking Regulation


Electoral Committee is the GSS committee designated by the By-Laws and Council to run elections and referenda and to address any concerns or complaints raised by graduate students about these proceedings.

If you have any questions or concerns about the elections or referendum, please contact CEO@sfugradsociety.ca or EC@sfugradsociety.ca.