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GSS Newsletter – June 2017


Hello grads,

Welcome to the June GSS Newsletter! Congratulations to all students who are graduating this month!

We would love to see your faces in our GSS office and lounge (MBC 2205), so please don’t hesitate to drop by our office to share your ideas, questions, and concerns, or just to have a cup of coffee with us.

Please note. during the summer semester, the GSS offices and lounge will be open Monday –Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm.

Announcements from the GSS

 Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary

Changes to the Family Subsidy and Benefit Plan Bursary are in effect for the Fall semester. For more information, please access:

GSS Volunteer Opportunities

The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees.  If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli at

Graduate Caucus Funding

Did you know that every graduate caucus gets money to spend on almost anything that benefits the grad students in your department? (See the Caucus Funding Spreadsheet for funds available to you for the rest of this fiscal year.)

Playland Tickets

Discounted Playland tickets are available using the GSS discount code. General admission and season pass
discounts for general and junior admission. This code is posted in the GSS Lounge and available by email:

Please note: The GSS info email is only checked during office hours.

GSS 10th Anniversary T-shirt Contest



GSS Events

Happy birthday, GSS! 

The Graduate Student Society at Simon Fraser University is turning 10!  To celebrate, we’re throwing a birthday bash for our current members. Come out and join us!

When: 6-9 pm, Thursday July 13, 2017
Where: Steamworks Brewpub, 375 Water Street, Vancouver BC
RSVP: Here!

Complementary drink ticket for the first 75 SFU graduate student that RSVP by 11:59 pm July 6, 2017. Spouse/partner tickets are available for $15 from the GSS main office (MBC 2203). For more information email:


Announcements and Events from SFU

Sexual Violence Support


Personal Security Office: Julie Glazier 778-782-8473 /

SFU Campus Security: 778-782-4500 (emergency contact)

SFU Health and Counselling: 778-782-4615

Legal Clinic

Need free legal advice? The SFSS Legal Clinic is back for undergraduate and graduate students, with a session on the afternoon of June 21, and future dates to be determined. Book an appointment here:

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.

Workshop Date: 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 10:30am to 12:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

For more information and to register, access:

Global Community Mentorship Program


Grad Student Led Events and Announcements

Customer Survey – VeloMetro Veemo

VeloMetro Mobility is a Vancouver-based company that designs and manufactures electric-assist velomobiles for sharing networks. It was co-founded by MoT MBA graduate, Kody Baker. VeloMetro has developed an enclosed, electric-assist bicycle, called the Veemo, which is positioned as a low-end disruptor in the urban transportation market. The Veemo has a sleek hard-shell exterior of composite material that keeps the rider comfortably protected from the elements, and provides storage and safety. It is powered by rider-driven pedals and a 500 W electric motor supplied by a swappable lithium ion battery. It has full suspension, automatic transmission, a top speed of 32 km/h, and a range of 100 km, which may be extended by up to 20 km by roof-top solar panels. Because the Veemo is classified as a bicycle, it does not require a driver’s license for operation and can be ridden in bicycle lanes, and because it is electric, it produces no emissions. It also improves ones health due to pedaling. Veemos can be located, reserved, unlocked, and rented on a per-minute basis using a smartphone app (developed in-house by VeloMetro) in the same way that cars are allocated by traditional car sharing organizations, like Evo and car2go.
The MOT MBA students are conducting a Go-To Market analysis for this start up. Please provide your valuable feedback through the survey and help us with this project.
Here is the link for the survey: Survey Link