Elections & UPass Referendum – Spring 2019

The candidates for the spring 2019 elections have been confirmed. The UPass renewal and fees referendum will be included on this ballot (details below). Polls will be open from April 2nd to April 5th.

CANDIDATES FOR THE GSS EXECUTIVE

Director of External Relations:

Matthew McDonald  >> Candidate Profile

Daljot Singh  >> Candidate Profile

Director of Internal Relations:

Luciana Fortes  >> Candidate Profile

Director of Student Life:

Marina Khonina  >> Candidate Profile

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR POSITIONS

Positions are open to currently enrolled graduate students at SFU. 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, improving graduate student supervision, Graduate Provincial Scholarship advocacy, and exploring sponsorship opportunities.

THE POSITIONS AVAILABLE ARE:

Director of Internal Relations  >>> Terms of Reference

Director of External Relations  >>> Terms of Reference

Director of Student Life  >>> Terms of Reference

* These terms of reference are presently under review and may modified during elected directors period of service. 

FEATURES OF THE POSITION:

–       Open to all current SFU graduate students, including international students
–       Stipend is $4600/semester
–       Work an average of 50 hours per month
–       Sit on the Executive Committee and Council
–       Meet with SFU administrators, such as the AVP Students, VP Finance, and the President
–       Term: May 1, 2019 until May 15, 2020

ABOUT THE REFERENDUM:

The Graduate Student Society of SFU (GSS), in collaboration with the Post-Secondary Student Associations within Metro Vancouver, coordinated with the Province of British Columbia and TransLink to secure a long-term renewal for the UPass BC program until April 30, 2025.

A majority NO vote would mean cancellation of the UPass program for SFU graduate students.

The following question will be included on the the election ballot:

“Do you agree to continue the UPass BC program for all eligible GSS members at $42.50 per month beginning May 1, 2020; and allow for up to a 2% annual increase of fees rounded to the nearest nickel thereafter?”

* The composition of this question needs to be approved by GSS Council and Translink, the final question will be updated on this webpage.

Schedule of Fees:

    • Jan 1, 2020  – April 30, 2020 – $41.00
    • May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021 – $42.50
    • May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022 – $43.35
    • May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023 – $44.20
    • May 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024 – $45.10
    • May 1, 2024 – April 30, 2025 – $46.00

KEY ELECTION & REFERENDUM DATES:

  • Notice of Elections: March 6th
  • Nominations Open: March 7th at 9 am
  • Nomination Information Session Burnaby: March 12th from 12:30-2 pm
  • Nomination Information Session Vancouver: March 13th from 12:30-2 pm
  • Nomination Information Session Surrey: March 14th from 12:30-2 pm
  • Nominations Close: March 21 at 9 am
  • Candidate Profile Submission: March 21 at noon
  • Mandatory Candidate Q&A Session: March 21 from 1-2pm
  • Open Campaigning: March 22 at 8 am
  • Meet the Candidates (Public Event): March 26 from 4 pm
  • Close Campaigning: March 31st at 11:59 pm
  • Open Online Polling: April 2nd at 9 am
  • Close Online Polling: April 5th at 11:59 pm
  • Announcement of Results: by April 10th at 12 noon

BY-LAWS AND REGULATIONS

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

Constitution and By-Laws

R1010 Electoral Undertaking Regulation

QUESTIONS?

Email the Electoral Committee at ec@sfugradsociety.ca