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Executive Leadership

The GSS is directed by the Executives, an elected team of graduate students who work together to serve the interests of graduate students, kickstart initiatives, and represent the graduate student community at UBC.

Sam Kenston


Tackles an ambitious set of goals to support graduate students while carefully coordinating the work of the GSS as a whole.


Tues - Thurs: 1 pm - 5 pm

Isha Gill

VP University & Academic Affairs

"Connects graduate students with the UBC Administration and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, consulting and advocating for graduate student concerns.


Mon - Fri: 10 am - 2 pm

Emily Tang

VP External Relations

Builds and maintains the grad community’s connections with external bodies, making sure the graduate student voice is heard by legislators and student organizations.


Mon - Tues: 1 pm - 2 pm

Stephen Odoi

VP Students

Manages graduate student programs and services, including budgeting, social events, advocacy, and collaborations with partners.


Thurs: 3 pm - 5 pm

Fri: 2 pm - 5 pm

Abhishek Somanagoudar

Financial Officer

Oversees our society's finances to ensure everything runs smoothly.


Fri: 11 am - 5 pm


The GSS Council is the primary governing body of the GSS, and is made up of elected, departmental graduate student representatives, together with the GSS Executive and graduate student senators. The Council guides and oversees the actions and initiatives of the GSS to serve all graduate students at UBC. All graduate programs and departments may appoint a council member to the GSS Council, and larger departments may also request a second council member.

All meetings are open for graduate students and honorary members of the GSS to attend, and are a great opportunity to explore the Society’s current initiatives and observe how the Council functions. If you’re a not a graduate student, please request an invitation to attend by contacting the GSS President (Chair of the Board), at

The Council meets on the third Thursday of every month in the Michael Kingsmill Forum (Room 4301) in the AMS Student Nest, from 5:30-9:00pm. 

Interested in Representing Grad Students?

Find more info and join Council in our Get Involved section.


The agenda is posted 48 hrs. prior to the next scheduled meeting.

Policy Revisions applicable to the next Council meeting:

  • None at this time

Council Minutes

For past council minutes, please check the Archives section.


GSS committees work directly in specific areas of interest to enhance graduate student life at UBC. They have a say in how all the distinct parts of the society operate, and focus on any of the aspects of the society from the running of events, to elections, finance, and policy, and are overseen by the Council.

Committees are a great opportunity to gain experience and know-how in a specific area of interest, and to have a more direct impact on specific issues affecting graduate students.

All committee meetings are open to current UBC graduate students.

Interested in Joining a Committee?

See our Get Involved section, or Contact a Committee Chair.