Board of Directors Election 2024

Nominations

The GSA-UW is now accepting nominations for the upcoming Board of Directors election to fill nine (9) vacant positions. University of Waterloo graduate students are invited to put forward their application and run as a candidate in the Board of Directors election. Official notice is hereby served for the election to fill the vacancies of the GSA Board of Directors.

The directorships terms of office are:

• Nine (9) directorships beginning May 1, 2024, and ending April 30, 2026.

We are accepting applications from February 12th – March 10th, 2024 at 11:59 EST. All applications are to be sent to the CRO at gsa-cro@uwaterloo.ca

Description of Director Position:

The GSA Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing corporate interests of the Graduate Student Association. Directors are elected by graduate students each year at the GSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in the Winter term.

The Board of Directors have monthly regular meetings, and operates according to the Carver Policy Governance framework, meaning that the Board focuses on strategy and oversight, and delegates day-to-day management to staff. Directors are expected to dedicate 15-20 hours of time commitment per month. Directors are eligible for a monthly remuneration of $50 for their active participation on the GSA Board. 

We are seeking people with not-for-profit experience. A background in accounting and auditing, budgeting, insurance and lobbying, marketing, privacy management, or risk and controls knowledge is desirable but is not necessary. A technical description of the position can be found in our Policy Registry, and in GSA Bylaw #5.

The GSA Board of Directors are involved in significant conversations and decisions directly related to student life at UW, and this dialogue is strengthened when the Board of Directors is comprised of students with diverse backgrounds, identities, challenges and experiences. The GSA Board of Directors is responsible for identifying and removing structural barriers and enacting policies and practices of inclusions so that all graduate students have equal access to and can benefit from the programs and services offered. The GSA welcomes and encourages applications from qualified individuals who are Black persons, Indigenous persons, and persons of colour, persons with disabilities and/or accessibility needs, all religions and ethnicities, and all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations.

Nomination Period & Form:

  • Nomination forms can be found here:  Director Nomination Form
  • Nominees can either use single form or multiple copies of the form to collect all 5 signatures from members nominating them. Digital signatures on nomination form are also allowed.
  • Nomination forms must be submitted to the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) at gsa-cro@uwaterloo.ca before the March 10th, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST. 
  • Nominees will receive a confirmation of receipt from the CRO within three business days of submission.

Campaigning & Voting Period

  • The campaigning period will be from March 18, 9:00 AM to March 23, 11:59 EST. 
  • Candidates are offered to provide a photo and a brief statement to be posted on the GSA website (Maximum 150 words)
  • Online voting BEFORE the AGM: Starts on March 24, at 9:00 AM EST and closes on April 3, at 4:30 PM EST. A notice will be sent to all eligible graduate students and they may vote once during this period.
  • Online via electronic ballot at the AGM: April 3, at 4:30 PM EST.

Questions

The Board of Directors is responsible for the operations of the GSA and is accountable to the graduate students of the University of Waterloo. For information please view Board of Directors, the Association’s governance webpage, and By-Laws (By-Law#5).

Comments, concerns, and questions should be directed to the Chief Returning Officer at gsa-cro@uwaterloo.ca.

Last Updated: February 14, 2024

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