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The GSS Council represents and advocates on behalf of all graduate students at UBC Vancouver to the University, the Government, and the public. The Council is comprised of executive members and graduate student representatives elected from each graduate department of the University.

All graduate programs and departments, regardless of size, are entitled to appoint one council member to the GSS Council. Depending on the number of enrollment, larger departments may request a second council member.

2017/18 Council Meetings

Council Meetings take place once a month and continue through the summer semester. Council meetings are open to current UBC graduate students (as non-voting members).

Date: third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise stated)
Time: 5:30pm-9pm
Location: Michael Kingsmill Forum at The Nest (Fourth floor near Gallery 2.0)

Past Council meeting minutes

Changes to Council Membership

(April 2018)


  • Sarah Nelle Jackson as departmental rep of English Language and Literature
  • Rochelle Sumampong-Heavens as departmental rep of the School of Nursing.
  • Christina Rubino as departmental rep of Rehabilitation Sciences.


  • Claire Gregoire as Councillor for Mechanical Engineering.
  • Nandinee Haq as Councillor for Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Heather MacKay as Councillor for Forestry.
  • Anna Vozna as Councillor for Language and Literacy Education.
  • Natalie Marshall as Ordinary Member from the Executive Oversight Committee.

How Do I Become a GSS Councillor?

Step 1: Contact the GSS (aa@gss.ubc.ca) to see if your department has a representative on Council.

Step 2: If there is a vacancy, you will need to inform your department’s Graduate Student Association (or equivalent), Graduate Secretary, or Graduate Administration staff that you are interested in becoming the Departmental Representative.

Council members must be appointed in an open and democratic election.

  • If you are the only candidate: please complete the Affidavit Of Election and send a copy to the GSS.
  • If there are more than one candidate: please contact your department’s Graduate Student Association (or equivalent), Graduate Secretary, or Graduate Administration staff to organize an election. The selected candidate will need to submit a completed Affidavit Of Election to the GSS.

Step 3: Attend an orientation session prior to being seated on the Council and becoming a voting member. All new council members must attend this session.

Schedule of Council Meetings

  • April 19, 2018
  • May 17, 2018
  • June 21, 2018
  • July 19, 2018
  • Aug 16, 2018
  • Sept 20, 2018
  • Oct 18, 2018
  • Nov 15, 2018
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