board of directors

The Board of Directors represents the interests of graduate students at Laurier who are members of the GSA, provides strategic direction expressed in broad policies, and offers clear future oriented leadership, outward vision and a broad range of viewpoints. Composition of the Board includes character, talent, and loyalty to the GSA, and fosters diversity into the whole of the organization.

The Board directs, monitors and inspires the organization through strategies and policies that are forward looking, including the influence of external factors and trends and capturing relevant values for the successful outcomes and conduct of the GSA.

The Board is accountable to the GSA membership through the following areas of focus:

  • Member and Stakeholder Representation

  • Setting Strategic Direction

  • Financial and Risk Oversight

  • President Succession Planning and Monitoring

  • Governance and Policy Development

The Board must act in a manner that is consistent with the Corporations Act of Ontario, and the GSA's Letter Patent and Constitution.

The Board meets once per month to discuss generative topics relating to the membership, governance and strategy items, and to monitor the President.

Governance Policies

These policies, found here are intended to help foster the highest governance standards, integrity, and accountability. They are structured to provide detail on the roles and responsibilities of the Board, how the Board remains accountable for its own practices, and to establish limitations and monitoring practices for the President.

Constitution

This constitution governs the transaction of business and affairs of the GSA in representing, promoting, and defending the common interests of graduate students at Wilfrid Laurier University. The constitution can be viewed here.

Strategic Plan

Every five years, the Board of Directors, GSA President, and GSA staff creates a strategic plan to guide the association and its growth over the next five years. The document is to be broad enough to account of flexibility needed at Laurier, while being detailed enough to ensure accountability to students. The plan includes the GSA’s vision, mission, and values, details the organization of the internal structure, their strategic goals, and town hall feedback from each faculty. You can view this document here.

Amandeep K. Singh

Amandeep K. Singh

Ahmad Rafih

Ahmad Rafih

 
 
 
Ann Marie Beals

Ann Marie Beals

 
Filip Adamski

Filip Adamski

 
Julia Empey

Julia Empey

 
Katie Montague

Katie Montague

Name: Amandeep K. Singh
Email: asingh@wlugsa.ca
Program: PhD Community Psychology
Position: Chair of the Board
Why did I get involved: To be able to articulate and advocate for the various and complex needs of graduate students.
What leadership means to me: A reflexive learner that helps to foster a supportive and critical space for people to thrive, develop skills, and take initiative.
Fun fact: I was on a bhangra team for 6 years.

Name: Ahmad Rafih
Email: arafih@wlugsa.ca
Program: Part Time MBA 
Position with GSA: Board Member
Why did I get involved: To be part of the team and assist where needed using my skills to bring more to the GSA community 
What leadership means to me: It is a combination of ethics, dedication, and good faith with a direction and strategy
Hidden Skill/Talent or Fun Fact: I am a self taught chef.

 

Name: Ann Marie Beals
Email: ambeals@wlugsa.ca
Program: PhD Community Psychology
Position with GSA: Staff Liason / Board Member
Why did I get involved: To become an advocate for grad students
What leadership means to me: Being credible 
Hidden Skill/Talent or Fun Fact: I love being on the land - in nature. It is my spiritual wellness and sparks my soul.

 
 
 

Name: Filip Adamski
Email: fadamski@wlugsa.ca
Program: MBA, Part-Time 
Position with GSA: Board Member
Why did I get involved: To advocate for students, to learn from my peers, to make a positive impact and to build stronger ties to the Laurier and graduate student community. 
What leadership means to me: Evoking inspiration in others and leading by example.
Hidden Skill/Talent: Long distance running endurance (with limited upkeep).

 
 

Name: Julia A. Empey
Email: jempey@wlugsa.ca
Program: PhD English and Film
Position with GSA: Vice Chair of the Board
Why did I get involved: I got involved with the GSA because I care deeply about the graduate student experience here at Laurier and wanted to meaningfully contribute to the GSA
What leadership means to me: Leadership means making the choices that need to be made, not because those choices are easy but because they are the right choices that will better the collective. 
Hidden Skill/Talent: I can do more than touch my toes: I can put my palms flat on the ground easily. 

 

Name: Katie Montague
Email: kmontague@wlugsa.ca
Program: Masters of Social Work
Position with GSA: Board Member
Why did I get involved: I chose to get involved in the GSA because I am passionate about hearing graduate student voices and advocating for their needs within Laurier.
What leadership means to me: To show up, to follow through and to work towards creating space for all voices.
Hidden Skill/Talent or Fun Fact: The number 1 thing on my bucket list is to go skydiving.