The Executive, consisting of the President and the Vice Presidents Academic, Finance, Communications and Research, and Internal, is elected by the general membership of the Graduate Students' Union in March of each year. The Executive is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Graduate Students' Union, including operating services and implementing campaigns and advocacy work.
The President is an ex-officio member of all standing and ad-hoc committees of the GSU. Coordinating the actions of the academic and facility divisions of the Graduate Students' Union, the President is one of the GSU's representatives on the University's Senate and Academic Council.¬† The President guides and oversees the affairs of the GSU.
The Vice President Academic deals with academic concerns facing graduate students. Assisting graduate students in academic disputes and other concerns, the Vice President Academic also represents graduate students on University committees that deal with academic issues, and is repsonsible for recruiting new students to sit on various committees.
The Vice President Finance is responsible for overseeing the financial affairs of the GSU. Managing all properties owned by the GSU, the VP Finance is active in the University and local community as an advocate for additional student funding.
The Vice President Communications and Research is involved in outreach and advocacy. Responsible for representing the GSU to administration, governments, and media, the VP Communications liaises with other students' unions through the Canadian Federation of Students and its National Graduate Caucus, works on GSU campaigns, advises the Board of Directors on communication matters and is the primary spokesperson for the GSU.
The Vice President Internal organises many of the social events held by the GSU, including GradFest, WinterFest, and Supervisors' Nights.¬† Interacting with clubs, societies, and resource centres at the University, the VP Internal also oversees the GSU Excellence Awards.
The GSU Executive can be reached at the GSU office at (709) 864-4395.