Budget and Finance Committee

  • Mohammad Wajih Alam, Vice-President Finance and Operations, as chair
  • Emerita Mendoza, President
  • Rifat Zahan (Council member)
  • Muhammad Aminul Islam (Council member)
  • Nishit Gandhi (Regular/general member)
  • Kinsuk Sarker (Regular/general member)
  • Swapnil Srivastava (Regular/general member)

This Committee shall be convened and be responsible for the drafting of the Operating Budget for the preceding Fiscal Year, to be approved by Council subject to the requisite Bylaws and/or Constitutional regulations. This Committee shall also be charged with discussing broad financial policies and goals for the Association and may report them to the Council, the Membership, and/or any other Committees of Council that this committee sees fit. This Committee shall meet a minimum of bi-monthly with additional meetings scheduled as necessary during budgeting periods.

Bursary Selection Committee

  • Mohammad Wajih Alam, Vice-President Finance and Operations, as chair
  • Alejandra Fonseca, Vice-President Student Affairs
  • Doug Fansher (Council member)
  • Rebecca Smith (Council member)
  • Alana Demkiw (Council member)

This Committee shall be convened to administer the collection, evaluation and disbursement of GSA Need-Based Bursaries in accordance with the Bursary Policy. This Committee shall meet three times per year to rank and evaluate all Bursary applications according to the established rubrics with any approved or necessary modifications to such a ranking system in accordance with the Bursary Policy.

Elections and Referenda Committee

  • Reggie Nyamekye, Council Chair, who shall act as the Chief Electoral Officer, and chair
  • Asanka Godakanda (Council member)
  • Mostofa Kamal (Council member)
  • Aisha Sajid (Council member)
  • Nataliia Zakharchuk (Regular/general member)
  • Kaidan Xu (Regular/general member)
  • Ka-Sheena Minott (Regular/general member)

The Elections Committee is a committee of Council responsible for overseeing and managing Elections and Referenda as required by the GSA. The terms of reference of this committee are outlined in the relevant Bylaws section of the GSA pertaining to elections and referenda.

Governance Committee

  • Emerita Mendoza, President
  • Alejandra Fonseca, VP Student Affairs
  • Reggie Nyamekye, Council Chair, as ex-officio
  • Naheda Sahtout (Council member)
  • Rifat Zahan (Council member)
  • Phillip A. Radetzki (Regular/general member)
  • Zi Ling (Scarlett) (Regular/general member)
  • Priya Goundar (Regular/general member)
  • Emediong Etukudo (Regular/general member)

The Governance committee is required to ensure the Association retains the correct documentation (Policies, Bylaws, and Constitution) to fulfill its mandate. The primary activities of this committee include: (i) revising existing documents; (ii) creating required policies and/or bylaws absent in the existing documents; (iii) authoring recommendations and bringing forth motions for Policy, Bylaw or Constitution amendments, accordingly

Code of Ethics and Discipline Committee

  • Reggie Nyamekye, Council Chair, as chair
  • Mujtaba Badr (Council member)
  • Mikayla Oldach (Council member)
  • Rohini Vijayan (Regular/general member)
  • Gurinder Dhanju (Regular/general member)
  • Emediong Etukudo (Regular/general member)
  • Phillip A. Radetzki (Regular/general member)

The Code of Ethics and Discipline Committee shall be convened to review any complaints received against any Executive member, Council member, or any other individual acting on behalf of the GSA. It shall also serve as an appeal committee for decisions of the Election and Referenda Committee, as described in the Association’s Bylaws. The Council Chair shall serve as chair of the committee, except in cases where a real or perceived conflict of interest exists, in which case an acting chair shall be elected by and from the other members of the committee. In all of its deliberations, recommendations, and actions, the committee shall be bound by the Bylaws and Constitution of the Association. No member shall disclose any information, which comes to their knowledge as a result of their membership on the Committee, with the exception of the Committee chair in their formal recommendations to Council, or as required by law or University policy.

Awards Selection Committee

  • Chiamaka Ezekwesili, Vice-President External, as chair.
  • Emerita Mendoza, President
  • Rifat Zahan (Council member)
  • Muhammad Aminul Islam (Council member)
  • Natalia Zakharchuk (Regular/general member)
  • Hadi Ramin (Regular/general member)
  • Kathy Wang (Regular/general member)
  • Johnson Ngoba Josephine (Regular/general member)
  • Rohini Vijayan (Regular/general member)

The Awards Selection Committee is responsible for the selection of the Graduate Students’ Association Annual Award Winners, under the guidance of the Vice-President External Affairs. Individuals selected for these awards will be honored at the Annual Awards Gala held at the end of each Fiscal Year. The committee is responsible for, in alignment with the Annual Awards Policy;

  • Determining the criteria and guideline to award selection.
  • Assessing each nomination package according to the selection criteria.
  • By consensus, determining the recipient of each award.
  • Serving as volunteers at the Awards Gala.

Sustainability Committee

  • Indigenous Liaison
  • Chiamaka Ezekwesili, Vice-President External
  • Kimberlee Dube (Council member)
  • Mostofa Kamal (Council member)
  • Khaled Zoroufchi Benis (Regular/general member)
  • Irini Soubry (Regular/general member)
  • Jismol Jose (Regular/general member)
  • Hadi Ramin (Regular/general member)
  • Anupam Das (Regular/general member)

The purpose of the Sustainability Committee is to: 

  • Promote environmental, social, economic and well-being sustainability issues related to
    graduate students.
  • Assume responsibility to guide sustainability initiatives and the application of
    sustainable practices at the GSA.
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with other units to address sustainability.
  • Advise Council on matters related to sustainability.
  • Host at least one initiative or event, whether it be the Sustainability Slam or otherwise,
    during the Fiscal Year.

Diversity Committee

  • Chiamaka Ezekwesili, Vice-President External
  • Indigenous Liaison
  • Zeyed El Karsh (Council member)
  • Kathy Wang (Regular/general member)
  • Zaki Hasan (Regular/general member)
  • Sukanya Pati (Regular/general member)
  • Pearl Masa (Regular/general member)

The Diversity Committee will primarily focus on graduate students with disabilities, graduate
students of diverse sexual orientations, and/or any minority group fostering inclusion,
acceptance, understanding, support, and education. This committee will act as a body to:

  • Make recommendations to the Executive to ensure the GSA is inclusive to all its
    members, so as to provide a better graduate student experience and create a welcoming
    environment and cohesive community for graduate students on campus.
  • Liaise with Council to ensure the GSA services/initiatives are inclusive.
  • Organize events/initiatives in collaboration with the Executive and other committees.