GSA Elections

The results for the 2017-2018 GSA Election results are as follows:

GSA Executive Positions

President: Tim van Boxtel
Vice President Internal: Avijit Mallick
Vice President External: Shawn Hercules
Vice President Services: Robert Ballagh

Vice President Administration: Naim Tajvarpout

GSA Faculty Representatives to the Council

Faculty Representative Council- International: Vi Dang
Faculty Representative Council- Business: Samira Farivar
Faculty Representative Council- Humanities: Curran Egan
Faculty Representative Council- Health Science: Alexander Qian and Nick Yelle

Open positions

GSA Faculty Representatives to the Council:
  • 1 Business,
  • 1 Humanities,
  • 1 International
  • 2 Social Science

Nomination Form

For questions about the election, please contact the GSA Chief Returning Officer, Kara Tsang at

Call for Nominations- Chief of Officer (CRO) 2017-2018


Do you want to get INVOLVED? The GSA is seeking nominations for one Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for a term starting Friday, April 21 to April 26, 2017.

Applications should include a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and any complimentary skills along with your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Both documents should be submitted to

Duties and responsibilities of the CRO are:
– Running any elections, by-elections and referendum for the GSA. Note that regular elections are held annually in February/March and by-elections are held in September or October to fill any vacant positions on the GSA. 

  • Non-voting position on the Board of Directors of the GSA.
  • Chair for the Annual General Meeting, held in March.
  • Honorarium of $450

For more information on GSA elections and the CRO‘s role, please see the by-law available here.




Come out with your friends to 3rd annual year-end block party and enjoy free rides/games/food and much more!


Come join the GSA for a fun filled day on the slopes!
Location: Snow Valley, Barrie
Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017

Time: 7:30 am – 6:30 pm (Departing Mary-Keyes at 7:30 am, arrival back at 6:30 pm)

Cost: $25 includes transportation to Snow Valley, ski rental, lift ticket and lesson ($35 for snowboarders, however, if you have your own boarding equipment then the cost is $25. Ski prices are not discounted if you have your own skis)

We will be leaving Mary-Keyes residence at 7:30 am sharp (please arrive 15 minutes earlier to fill out a waiver). We will depart Snow Valley at 4 pm for arrival back at McMaster at 6:30 pm.

To register, please click here.
After signing up – no refunds will be given as we have to confirm the equipment rentals.


Wine and Appetizer Social

Have you ever wondered what happens on a typical day at the Graduate Students Association or how to get involved?

Well, wonder no more! Come and join us for Wine and Appetizer Social (non-alcoholic beverages will be served as well) at the Phoenix Bar and Grill,  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Friday, February 17Meet the members of our executive council and faculty representatives and have your all your questions answered. Limited quantities available, please arrive early to avoid disappointment!

GSA Trip to Chicopee Snow Tube Park

Come join the GSA for a fun filled day at Chicopee Snow Tube Park!

Location: Chicopee Snow Tube Park
Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2017 
Time: 12:45 pm – 5:00 pm (Departing Mary-Keyes at 12:45pm, arrival back at 5:00 pm)

Cost: $15 includes transportation to Chicopee Tube Park and snow tube rental.

We will be leaving Mary-Keyes residence at 12:45 pm sharp (please arrive 15 minutes earlier to fill out a waiver). We will depart Snow Valley at 4 pm for arrival back at McMaster at 5:00 pm. 

After signing up – no refunds will be given as we have to confirm the equipment rentals.

Please click here to register.

The Phoenix

We have launched a new website!


Hello Graduate Students!

We don’t get a reading week, the Phoenix has created some exciting daily deals for you! Please come with your student card check out some delicious food!

Also, note that all graduate students with a valid GSA sticker can enjoy 25% off food purchases after 2:00 pm every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. 



Purple Serenity – Paint Night

Join us on for Paint Night at the Phoenix. There will be wine tasting, sangria specials, and food specials!

Tickets are just $45 and includes all your paint supplies.