President - Emerita Mendoza Rengifo

My name is Emerita Mendoza Rengifo. I am a third year PhD student in Geological Sciences. I am very excited to be running for President of the Graduate Student Association. I was born and raised in Peru where I graduated from Pedro Ruiz Gallo University with a Bachelors in Biology, Microbiology, and Parasitology. Afterwards I graduated from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) with a Masters in Biomolecular Physics. Throughout my life, I have involved myself in many organizations and am well equipped to serve as President. Since moving to Canada, I have been involved with and currently serve on the board of directors of the Bridge City Bicycle Co-op where I am strongly engaged on the finance and partnership committees. I am also a member of Women in Chemistry. I thoroughly enjoy the responsibilities associated with both. I have chosen to run for the position of President because I know that all graduate students are very essential for the University and all of us are responsible for the reputation, success, and culture of our University. As President, I plan to construct a closer relationship between graduate students and the University by building a sense of community and increasing networking opportunities. I look forward to working with all of you in the future. If elected, I will serve in this position to the best of my ability, and bring excitement in every task while ensuring that the GSA continues to stay committed to enhancing the experiences of all.

VP Finance and Operations

Will be updated on March 25, 2019

VP Student Affairs - Alejandra Fonseca

Graduate Students are usually regarded as completely and self-sufficient individuals that don’t need help at all. In my opinion, this is absolutely wrong; graduate students are one of the population groups that struggle the most with mental health; and sometimes, we would like help, even if we don’t state it as much. As graduate students, we often immerse ourselves in the academic environment and overlook any other aspect of our life, like mental health, physical health and spiritual health. My goals as a VP Student Affairs are to promote mental health wellness among graduate students, advocate for equity among students and faculty disagreements, promoting of safe spaces that support spirituality on campus and planning of workshops tailored to graduate student’s issues present in their academic or personal life.

VP External

Will be updated on March 25, 2019.

All-Candidates Forum

Please join us for the GSA Elections All-Candidates forum, where you will get a chance to hear from each of the individuals who are running for positions on the GSA Executive and ask questions.

This event will take place:

Day: Monday, March 25, 2019

Time: 5 PM - 6 PM

Location: GSA Commons.

Please RSVP (, light refreshments will be provided.

Please feel free to direct any questions to the GSA Council Chair and Chief Electoral Officer at

An election will be held for the following positions:

  • President
  • VP Finance and Operations
  • VP Student Affairs
  • VP External

GSA Executives can build professional experience and expand their network by assuming a position on the Executive Committee. GSA Executives also serve on important University committees.

Executives receive a monthly honorarium. Information can be found on the GSA Website (Bylaws and Budget).

Note: See Bylaw for executive duties and responsibilities (

Nomination will be open on March 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM and will close on March 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM.

The nomination form is available here

The Nomination Package must be submitted in a sealed envelope to the GSA Office Manager at the GSA Commons, attention GSA Chair and Chief Electoral Officer, no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, March 25, 2019.

  • Be a regular member of the GSA.
  • Be a registered student in the University of Saskatchewan College of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies for the academic year 2019/20
  • Not be an election official
  • Not nominate another person for the same position that they are seeking
  • Additionally, nominees must be: i) over age of 18, ii) not have been found to lack capacity by a court, iii) must not have the status of bankrupt, iv) not to be charged by any misconduct in the University of Saskatchewan.

February 25, 2019 – March 5, 2019  

Election announcement, call for nomination and promotion

March 4, 2019 – 9:00 AM         

Nomination period opens

March 12, 2019 – 5:00 PM       

First orientation meeting

March 15, 2019 – 12:00 PM     

Second orientation meeting

March 18, 2019 – 12:00 PM     

Third orientation meeting

March 18, 2019 – 5:00 PM       

Nomination period closes

March 18, 2019                            

Election Committee meets to ratify the nominations

March 19, 2019 – 12:00 PM     

Mandatory procedures meeting for all nominees

March 21, 2019 – 9:00 AM       

Campaigning begins

March 25, 2019 – 5:00 PM       

All candidates forum

March 31, 2019 – 11:59 PM     

Campaigning ends. 

April 1, 2019 – 9:00 AM

Voting period begins

April 5, 2019 – 4:00 PM

Voting period ends. All campaign material must be removed by 11:59 p.m.

April 8, 2019 – 12:00 PM           

Formal complaints must be emailed or delivered to the GSA Chair/CEO

April 8, 2019                  

Election Committee meets to ratify and announce the results

The GSA invites you to attend one of the orientation sessions to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of each of the GSA Executive positions. All sessions will be held in the GSA Commons.

Tuesday, March 12 at 5:00 PM

Friday, March 15 at 12:00 PM

Monday, March 18 at 12:00 PM

Thursday, March 21 at 12:00 PM

Monday, March 25 at 12:00 PM

Please RSVP to one of the above sessions here

The Elections Committee is a committee of GSA Council which is responsible for overseeing and managing the Elections and Referenda as required by the GSA. 

The 2019 Election Committee members are:

  • Reggie Nyamkeye, Council Chair - Chief Electoral Officer
  • Liliana Rodriguez, General member
  • Alex Gu, General member
  • Brittany Laing, Council member
  • Rifat Zahan, Council member
  • Carmen Marquez Mellidez, Council member
  • Narsimha Pujari, Council member

Questions regarding Elections can be directed to the GSA Chair and Chief Electoral Officer at

Formal complaints must be emailed to or delivered to the GSA Main Office in a sealed envelope to the GSA Office Manager at the GSA Commons, attention to the GSA Chair and Chief Electoral Officer, no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, April 8, 2019.