Elections – Spring 2018


Nominations for the Graduate Student Society (GSS) Director elections are now open! If you are interested in running for an available position, please complete the nomination form before March 20 at 11:59pm; this form is available online here or at the GSS offices (SFU Burnaby, Maggie Benston Centre, room 2203).

The following positions are open and a brief description of each position is included below:

Director of Internal Relations: Director of External Relations: Director of Student Life:
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The  Director of Internal Relations (DIR)  is  the  student  leader primarily  responsible  for  ensuring  the internal governing  structures  of  the Society  continue  to  foster  a graduate community  and serve  the administrative  and  strategic  goals  of the  Society.  The  DIR seeks  to support Councillors  so  that  they may fully  engage  with  their  roles  as Directors  of  the  Society. In  addition, the  DIR  is  responsible  for  building a dynamic,  accountable,  and  relevant Caucus  network.

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

The Director of External Relations (DER) is the student leader primarily responsible for external advocacy campaigns that target all levels of government in order to improve the lives of graduate students. The DER will develop and foster relationships with politicians, other student societies, and government agencies, and will be responsible for negotiating the U-Pass.

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

The Director of Student Life (DSL) is responsible for fostering a sense of community within the SFU graduate community through social events, social justice campaigns, support groups, workshops, and
other events. The DSL is also responsible for overseeing the website and the communication
strategy of the GSS.New Terms of Reference (TOR) for the position are currently underway.  The old TOR is available here.

Open Nominations: Feb 23 at 7am
Nomination Information Session #1: March 7 from 12:30-2pm
Nomination Information Session #2: March 15 from 12:30-2pm
Close Nominations: March 26 at 11:59pm
Mandatory Candidate Q&A Session: March 20 from 1-2pm
Open Campaigning: March 21 at 8am
Candidate Meet-and-Greet: March 29 from 12:30-2pm
Close Campaigning: April 4 at 4pm
Open Online Polling: April 5 at 7am
Close Online Polling: April 10 at 11:59pm
Announcement of Results: by April 14


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: May 1, 2018 to May 15, 2019



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 electoralchief@sfugradsociety.ca or EC@sfugradsociety.ca.