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Director Elections and Referenda

Director Elections – FALL 2022

Hello Graduate Students,

Below are the results for the Fall 2022 GSS Director Elections.

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC RELATIONS

Christopher Lacroix – 184 [ Elected ]
Paritosh Gupta – 167
None of the Above – 16
Abstain – 73

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Abdul Muqsit – 271 [ Elected ]
None of the Above – 52
Abstain – 117

DIRECTOR OF ACCESS & EQUITY

Fereshteh Rashed – 258 [ Elected ]
Mohit Kumar – 116
None of the Above – 17
Abstain – 49

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT LIFE

Catherine Pearce – 177 [ Elected ]
Sampada Kapur – 138
Ali Alimohammadi – 68
None of the Above – 11
Abstain – 46

DIRECTOR OF INTERNAL RELATIONS

Anis Zahedifard – 151 [ Elected ]
Christy Qiang – 114
Rishabh Kaushal – 126
None of the Above – 7
Abstain – 42

If you have questions please email ec@sfugradsociety.ca and please read below if you would like more information about the elections, positions and candidates.

 

CANDIDATES

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC RELATIONS

Christopher Lacroix   >> Candidate Profile
Paritosh Gupta   >> Candidate Profile

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Abdul Muqsit   >> Candidate Profile

DIRECTOR OF ACCESS & EQUITY

Fereshteh Rashed   >> Candidate Profile
Mohit Kumar   >> Candidate Profile

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT LIFE

Catherine Pearce   >> Candidate Profile
Sampada Kapur   >> Candidate Profile
Ali Alimohammadi   >> Candidate Profile

DIRECTOR OF INTERNAL RELATIONS

Anis Zahedifard   >> Candidate Profile
Christy Qiang   >> Candidate Profile
Rishabh Kaushal   >> Candidate Profile

 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

All director positions require the directors to be in regular contact and dialogue with the colleagues, GSS Councillors and graduate students more generally.

The positions available are:

Director of Academic Relations   >> Terms of Reference

Advocates for on behalf of graduates students to the University on issues of supervision, funding, research and all other academic issues.

Director of Student Life   >> Terms of Reference

Facilitates the engagement with all graduate students, keeps them informed and helps create a sense of community through the organization of events, socials and other activities.

Director of Access & Equity   >> Terms of Reference

Supports graduate students in all issues that presenting systemic barriers to equity seeking groups while also responding to discrimination and oppression experienced by graduate students.

Director of Finance   >> Terms of Reference

Stewards the finances of the GSS, is responsible for the development of the annual budget and supports the annual audit for the society.

Director of Internal Relations   >> Terms of Reference

Is responsible for effective communication and organizing of our Graduate Council and Annual General Meeting and stewarding the updating and reviewing of the governance documents of the society.

* Internal Relations position is only for one semester beginning January 2023 and will be elected again during the Spring 2023 semester for one year beginning May 2023.

FEATURES OF THESE POSITIONS:

  • Open to all current SFU graduate students, including international students
  • Stipend is approximately $4600/semester
  • Work an average of 50 hours per month
  • Sit on the Executive Committee and Council
  • Be an advocate for rights and interests of grad students
  • Help steward the services and projects of the GSS
  • Plan events, socials and build community for students
  • Term: January 1, 2023 until December 31, 2023

NOMINATIONS PERIOD

The nominations period is open now and will close on November 4th and 11:59 pm. A completed nominations form with 15 endorsements from other graduate students as well as all supporting documents must be submitted to ec@sfugradsociety.ca by this deadline. Two information sessions will be hosted for people who may be curious about the elections process or the positions that are available:

Friday, October 21st at 12 noon   &   Wednesday, October 26th at 4 pm

Both sessions will happen online. If you are interested in attending please email ec@sfugradsociety.ca in order to receive the links for both meetings.

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES

  • Notice of Elections: October 18th
  • Nominations Open: October 19th at 9 am
    • Nomination Information Session: October 21st at 12 noon
    • Nomination Information Session: October 26th at 4 pm
  • Nominations Close: November 4th at 11:59 pm
  • Mandatory Candidate Q&A Session: November 7th at 12 noon
  • Candidate Profile Submission Deadline: November 8th at 12 noon
  • Open Campaigning: November 8th at 4 pm
    • Presenting at GSS Council: November 8th at 4 pm
    • Meet the Candidates (Public Event): November 15th at 4 pm
  • Close Campaigning: November 24th at 11:59 pm
  • Open Online Polling: November 28th at 9 am
  • Close Online Polling: December 2nd at 11:59 pm
  • Announcement of Results: December 6th at 3pm

 

BY-LAWS AND REGULATION

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

Constitution and By-Laws (page 20)

R1010 Electoral Undertaking Regulation

 

QUESTIONS?

Email the Electoral Committee at ec@sfugradsociety.ca or the Chief Electoral Officer at electoralchief@sfugradsociety.ca

To consult past election reports, please click here.