It’s that time of the year again, where dedicated GSA members decide the direction and priorities of the association for the 2021-2022 academic year! Once again, this election will be held virtually in order to ensure accessibility and safety to all of our members!

Below you’ll find the information you need to learn how to run for office! This includes the schedule for the election, list of positions, and all relevant documentation.

Please note that all information on this page is in accordance to our updated bylaws and elections policy.

Referendum Questions

In this year’s election grad students are voting for MORE than just who makes up the GSAs governing bodies! Make your voice heard on important matters like what services and programs Concordia graduate students support and have access to.

See the questions that will appear on this year’s ballot below!

In this year’s election, our community will be voting on more than the upcoming year’s leadership as we’re presenting a referendum question to provide graduate students access to all services provided by the CSU’s Legal Information Clinic (LIC).

Here is the question as you will see it on the ballot:

Do you agree to apply a fee levy of $2.50 per term in order to allow graduate students with full access to the services offered by the CSU Legal Information Clinic?

This would include helping grad students to understand and exercise their rights in immigration, consumer protection, business, contracts, family law, criminal and civil penal, discrimination, as well as any other areas of law. Grad students will be provided with assistance in filling out temporary or permanent resident immigration forms along with other government applications or infractions, given prioritized access to workshops, and referrals to experienced legal specialists, as well as accompaniment to any legal appointments or government services. By voting for this fee levy, grads will be helping to overcome the high costs of access to justice and legal fees for themselves. This fee would be effective beginning in the Fall Semester of 2021.

What are the benefits of this change?

While GSA Members have gotten legal aid from the LIC, they have only had access to a limited amount of services as they do not currently receive a fee-levy from our members.

Voting YES on this proposition would provide students with:

  • Legal Information regarding Immigration to Canada & Quebec;
  • Legal Information regarding starting a business , incorporation or other commercial contracts;
  • Understanding your consumer rights in disputes with merchants about cellphone bills or other issues; 
  • Information regarding contesting a fine or infraction by the authorities;
  • Any other issues that may involve legal information. 

To learn more about the LIC and their services, please visit their site. 

CJLO 1690AM is Concordia University’s campus radio station! CJLO offers a wide variety of programming that truly encompasses the styles appreciated by all of Concordia’s 40,000 students and by a wide range of other communities around Montreal.

Here is the question as you will see it on the ballot:

“Do you agree to apply a $1.00 fee-levy, annually adjusted to the Consumer Price Index of Canada, applicable to GSA members, where the fee shall be used to ensure the growth and sustainability of CJLO 1690 AM, Concordia University Radio?

This fee shall ensure that all graduate students are eligible for full membership privileges including, but not limited to broadcast training, on-air time promotion support for student organized events, and production facilities & equipment resources for student projects. The fee would be effective starting with the fall semester of the 2021-2022 academic year and refundable in accordance with Concordia University tuition & refund policy. “

What are the benefits of this change?

CJLO 1690AM will be able to continue growing and providing graduate students with all of their services and opportunities!

Learn more here. 

 

Final List of Nominees

Below is a list of all candidates who were nominated for the Executive Team.

President

Mir Rifat Mahmud (VOICE)

Vice-President Internal

Mrinalini Mrinalini (VOICE)

Arpitha Thattalath Mohan

Vice-President External

Tavtej Singh Lehri (VOICE)

Vice-President Mobilization

Chamath Reddy Devarapalli (VOICE)

Vice-President Academic & Advocacy

Lourdu Reddy Allam (VOICE)

 

Below is a full list of candidates for Council Positions:

Directors

ENCS 
  
– Shree Mehta (GUARDIANS
– Azimbhai Karimbhai Surani (GUARDIANS
– Apeksha Rameshbhai Pavasiya (GUARDIANS
– Shvetkumar Patel (GUARDIANS
– Emmanuel Mbah 
– Amanjot Kaur (VOICE)
– Avneet Pannu (VOICE)
– Yuvraj  Prabhakar (VOICE)
– Muhammad Haris (VOICE)
– Ritika Garg (VOICE)
– Pooja Jagadish(VOICE)
– Nithish Reddy Yalaka (VOICE)
– Dathasai Prakash Reddy Buddula (VOICE)
– Vinishaa Kuntalo (VOICE)
– Sirisha Kota (VOICE)
– Jeevesh Awal (VOICE)

Arts & Science 
  
– Razieh Shahedialiabad (VOICE)
Gurnaman Kaur (VOICE)

JMSB 

– Gurmanak Singh Kohli (VOICE)
– Sarah Rahimi (VOICE)
– Ishpuneet Singh Chawla (VOICE)
  
Fine Arts 
  
Joni Cheung
Fatemeh Abbasi (VOICE)
Shaghayegh Darabi (VOICE)
Cassandra Paine

INDI

– Christiane Meyer 

Senators

– Parva Raval (GUARDIANS
– Manan Amin (GUARDIANS
– Stallone Mecwan (GUARDIANS) 
– Sandeep Singh
– Riya Dutta (VOICE)
– Satinder Pal Singh (VOICE)
– Duraichelvan Raju (VOICE)

Governor

– Zeel Patel (GUARDIANS
– Shalini Peruka (VOICE)

Election Process

Nomination Period will span from March 27th to April 2nd, 2021.

According to our updated election policy, the nomination period shall not last for longer than 5 days.

  1. Print out the appropriate nomination form and authorization form available above;
  2. Fill it out carefully and get the required number of signatures;
    • Nominations for each Director candidature shall be signed by a minimum of ten (10) G.S.A. members in good standing from their faculty
    • Nominations for each Executive position shall be signed by a minimum of fifteen (15) G.S.A. members in good standing from which there shall be at least one (1) G.S.A. member from each faculty.
  3. Nominations for Senator or Governor can be given by filling out the form.
  4. Complete the forms (Nomination form and Authorization form) and submit it to the Chief Returning Officer’s email [crogsa2021@gmail.com] with the subject as “Nomination_Last Name”.

Campaigning Period will run from April 10th-16th, 2021.

Campaigning by and for candidates shall be permitted during the campaign period.

For information regarding reimbursement of campaigning costs, please check the election policy.

Voting will take place virtually via the MyConcordia Portal.

Voting Days will be held on April 19th & 20th, 2021. 

Election results will be announced no more than 7 days after the polls close.

Once the results are certified, the results will be publicized on this webpage, as well as across our social media!

The term of the incoming team will begin on June 1st, 2020

Election Calendar

Nomination Period 
March 27th (00:00) hrs to April 2nd, 2021 by (23:59 hrs) EST

Nomination Withdrawal Deadline 
April 5th, 2021 by 23:59 hrs EST

Acceptance & Evaluation Period, Final Nomination list announced 
April 9th, 2021 by 17:00 hrs EST

Campaigning Period 
April 10th, 2021 (00:00 hrs) to April 16th, 2021 (23:59 hrs) EST

Voting Days 
April 19th and 20th, 2021 (48 hours)

Positions to Run for!

Running for GSA Office or Council is a great volunteering opportunity for graduate students at Concordia University. Not only do executives and council member work to improve student-life and wellbeing, but this professional development opportunity can be added to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Please note that GSA Executives and Council Members are not considered employees of the GSA, but rather members of our governing system.  

The Executive Team at the GSA is made up of the President and four Vice-President positions. This team is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functions and services of  the GSA and are considered non-voting members of the Council of Directors.

Available Positions include: 

President

Vice-President Internal

Vice-President External

Vice-President Mobilization

Vice-President Academics & Advocacy

To learn more about the responsibilities of each executive position, click here.

The Council of Directors is the second highest governing and decision-making body of the GSA. The council is responsible for setting policy, approving budgets, and appointing student representatives to university bodies.

Available Positions include: 

ENCS Director (11 Positions Available)

Arts & Science Director (7 Positions Available)

JMSB Director (3 Positions Available)

Fine Arts Director (2 Positions Available)

Interdisciplinary/Individualized Program Director

Senator (3 Positions Available)

Governor

 

To learn more the responsibilities of the Council, click here.

Need more information? Ask us here or email crogsa2021@gmail.com