Current GSA Directly-Elected Officers, Management, and Staff

Our Directly-Elected Officers provide guidance and leadership and represent graduate students on U of A committees and councils, in addition to performing specific duties within the GSA.

The management and office staff help run the GSA’s day-to-day administration and services, and support the activities of the organization as a whole.

Click on the links below to view more information about specific positions.

For general inquiries please e-mail gsa.frontdesk@ualberta.ca. For questions about GSA Grants, Awards, and Bursaries please e-mail gsa.grants@ualberta.ca.


GSA Current Directly-Elected Officers

For descriptions of the portfolios of the Directly-Elected Officers, click here.

GSA President

GSA Vice-President Labour

GSA Vice-President Academic

GSA Vice-President External

GSA Vice-President Student Services


GSA Council-Elected Officers

GSA Speaker

GSA Chief Returning Officer

GSA Senator


GSA Management

Executive Director (full-time) - gsaed@ualberta.ca

  • Courtney Thomas, BA & MA (University of Alberta), PhD (Yale)

Director of Operations (part-time) - gsa.operations@ualberta.ca

  • Heather Hogg, BA (Mount Allison University)

Associate Director (full-time) - gsaad@ualberta.ca

  • Julie Tanguay, BA (Université Laval), LLB & JD (Université de Montréal)

Assistant Director (full-time) - gsaassist@ualberta.ca

  • Lisa Hareuther, BA (University of Alberta) & MA (Simon Fraser)

In addition, the GSA Accountant and GSA Financial Manager work part-time.


GSA Staff Represented by the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA)

The GSA staff facilitate the following:

  • Graduate student groups
  • Scheduling some 1,300 meetings a year for the Directly-Elected Officers
  • Electing graduate students to a cumulative total of over 150 GSA and University committees through the GSA Nominating Committee
  • Processing some 1,000 grants, bursaries, and awards annually
  • Addressing about 1,000 inquiries at the front desk each year
  • Drafting and distributing 50-plus newsletters and bulletins each year
  • Planning GSA events and orientations
  • Maintaining paper and electronic files (including over 45,000 electronic files)