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The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is an independent, member-driven organization whose purpose is to serve and further the interests of all graduate students at UNB, whether they are in Fredericton, Saint John, or anywhere else in the world. All full and part-time graduate students enrolled at UNB are members of the GSA. Together we are over 1600 students strong!

The GSA is the official voice of graduate students, both within and outside the UNB community. Elected representatives sit on a variety of university committees to ensure that student concerns are presented, and we work to bring about changes to university policy to improve the academic and social experience of graduate students.

Outside of the university community, the GSA lobbies municipal, provincial, and federal government on issues such as post-secondary education funding and policy, academic freedom, and research commercialization through our membership in the Canadian Federation of Students and its National Graduate Caucus.

A place to call your own

Graduate students have their own place to gather on both campuses. In Fredericton, the Alden Nowlan House (more commonly known as the Grad House, located at 676 Windsor Street) serves as a hub for GSA activities. The GSA office as well as the board room/computer loft are located upstairs, while on the ground floor you will find the Windsor Castle Bar, the President’s room, and space to sit and study or just relax. And the back deck is a great place to enjoy a sunny afternoon! Events at the house include literature readings, live music, and guest speakers. Look for notices about upcoming events in our eNewsletter, In the Knowlan

In Saint John, you can drop by the GSA Lounge, located in Ganong Hall, room 203. The Lounge boasts couches, a fridge for your lunch, a coffeemaker, a microwave, a printer, as well as a laptop and projector for anyone wanting to practice presentations/defences. Additions to the Lounge are welcome – contact the GSA-SJ executive committee to make suggestions about what you’d like to see in the Lounge.

Get involved

We hope that your experience at UNB will be a positive one – and becoming involved in the GSA is a great way to enhance that experience! We are always looking for members to sit as departmental representatives on GSA Council/Cabinet, to help organise events, or to serve on one of many committees. To find out more about how you can get involved and about the services offered by the GSA, read on, drop by the office in the Grad House or the GSA Lounge.

To meet and discuss with any of the executive members of the Graduate Student Association, contact by email for availability times and appointment.

Executive Committee

Aditya Roshan
Aditya RoshanPresident
Fourth year PhD student in department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering is serving as UNB GSA President for academic year 2015-16. In past Aditya has served as VP External where he dealt with GSA Health & Dental and UPass related issues. Aditya has also actively participated with Multicultural Association of Fredericton and Indian Student Association UNB Fredericton.

As GSA President, Aditya is working closely with students and insuring to council that GSA is
functioning properly and transparent way.

Apart from GSA duties, Adityas’ research work is focused on Moving Object Detection and Tracking using CCTV cameras and Digital Image Quality Measurements. Aditya loves outdoor games and believe in active and fit lifestyle.

Email: president@unbgsa.ca

Bipin Kumar Badri Narayanan
Bipin Kumar Badri NarayananVP Finance
Bipin Kumar is M.Sc.candidate in Faculty of Comuter Science. He is also part of the Dual degree programme in collaboration with Bonn Rhein Sieg University of Applied Sciences, studying Masters in Autonomous Systems. He got his Bachelor’s degree from Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India.

Outside of work and studies, I will be Trekking, Camping and various outdoor activities like Biking, Kayaking, etc.

Email: vpfinance@unbgsa.ca

Brittany Dixon
Brittany Dixon VP Societies and Events
Brittany Dixon is a MSc candidate in Biology. She currently serves as the VP Societies & Events for the Graduate Student Association. She completed her undergraduate degree here at UNB with a Bachelor of Science in 2013

Email: vpsocietiesandevents@unbgsa.ca

Benoît Éric LeBlanc
Benoît Éric LeBlancVP Administration
Benoît LeBlanc is currently a first year PhD student in Mech. Eng. He is from the small coastal town of Shédiac, and did his undergrad and master’s at Université de Moncton. He has sat as VP External of the engineering faculty in Moncton for 2 years, as well as the FÉÉCUM Financial Comitee, and the Atlantic Engineering Competition Steering Comitee as PR officer and Competition Director.

Other causes at heart include helping to run the Moncton Water-Polo team and provincial organization and fighting for Bicycle Commuter and Pedestrian rights and infrastructure in NB. Hobbies include doing outdoorsy things, singing, learning foreign languages & reading, or volunteering in various activities whenever he has a half-day to spare.

Email: vpadmin@unbgsa.ca

Samar AlamVP Academic
Samar is currently an MBA student in business administration. He currently serves as the VP Academic for the Graduate Student Association and also represents the graduate students as a Senator at the UNB Senate. He studied computer science, entrepreneurship and soccer 🙂 at the University of New Brunswick.

Email: vpacademic@unbgsa.ca

Christopher Thomas George
Christopher Thomas GeorgeVP External
Hello, I am the current VP external for the UNB-GSA. Currently, I am in the last stages of an MPHIL degree where I focus on healing the damage settler colonialism continues to have on Indigenous peoples, especially in Atlantic Canada. I am a research assistant at the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Center at UNB, working in collaboration with other UNB researchers and faculty to support Wabanaki resurgence. I am passionate about grassroots issues, and volunteered for this position to better understand the broader issues affecting graduate students, and to improve student life at UNB.

Email: vpexternal@unbgsa.ca

Saint John Executive Committee

Laurett NwaonumahPresident
Laurett Nwaonumah is a masters student in the Experimental Psychology Program at the University of New Brunswick working under the guidance of Dr. Mary Ann Campbell, Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) at UNB. The CCJS team conducts research and collaborates with various personnel in the community to determine evidence-based practices for crime prevention and reduction among youths and adults.
In terms of my campus contribution, I have plenty of experience demonstrating leadership. This is evident during my time coordinating events on UNBSJ’s campus. With my experience on UNBSJ’s Multicultural executive team for three years, I was required to plan and organize numerous functions showcasing the diversity on UNBSJ’s campus. These functions included food, drinks and entertainment for over 100 students and faculty on a yearly basis. As President of the Multicultural Society, I prepared communications between initiatives of the executive with the members at large. In addition, I served on the GSA as VP-Liaison and was required to act as a GSA-SJ representative to the GSA executive in Fredericton. I am pleased to serve as your current President.

Email: president.sj@unbgsa.ca

Osaretin Alexandra Ero
Osaretin Alexandra EroVP Finance
My name is Osaretin Alexandra Ero. I am from the Edo State, Nigeria. I am currently studying Masters in business administration at University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus.
I graduated with a 2nd class upper degree in accounting from Igbinedion University Okada, Nigeria. My first degree gave me exposure to finance and all activities surrounding it. I started my career in one of the first tier banks Nigeria, Access Bank Plc where I worked in the operations department as the Deputy Head, branch services and in the sales department as a business development officer. My role at the operations department required me to supervise tellers and customer care representatives, open and close all required ledgers for operations as well as approve all cash, cheques and foreign exchange transactions at the branch. I spent 1year on this role before moving to marketing department as a business development officer were my role required me to manage clients, initiate budget for the year as well as acquire new customers

As a banker, I have been able to acquire skills on marketing, negotiating, budgeting, effective listening and interpersonal relationship.
Since my early education, I have consistently toured the line of finance from my first degree to working experience. Finance for me is more like a hobby. It doesn’t feel like work for me because it is a field I have always had passion for. I studied accounting because from an early age I already knew this was me. It was my thing. I plan, budget and execute in every aspect of my life.

As the GSA VP-finance, which requires me to work with my G.S.A executives to draft GSA budget, tracks spending and produce reports on GSA finance. I am willing to put in my best effort and use my skills acquired from my education and work experience in ensuring I deliver on my roles and responsibilities.

Email: vpfinance.sj@unbgsa.ca

Amer Alhalawani
Amer AlhalawaniVP Administration
I am currently an MBA student at the University of New Brunswick. For the past 10 years, I have gained rich and insightful experiences working as a qualified engineer and a dynamic professional. Most of the years I have spent working in Oman which is located in the Arabian Gulf. Before moving to Oman, I completed my undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering (GPA 3.8/4.0) in March
2006. As I continued my education over the years, I have successfully obtained my PMP (Project Management Professional) certificate from the Project Management Institute in the USA in September 2015.
After completing my undergraduate degree, I moved back to Jordan, my home country, to work as an Electronic Engineer for Land Holding Investments in October 2006. This ended in March 2008 when I received a better opportunity in Oman with General Engineering Services. I worked with this company until May 2012 when I decided it was time to develop myself even more. This led me to find a better opportunity that merged my experience in Electronics
Engineering with managing projects. Therefore, I moved to Mideast Data Systems (MDS) LLC. In MDS, I worked as a Project Manager for the last four years and my work dealt mostly with managing projects related to Electrical Installations and Data Centers Infrastructure. For this position, I managed many projects that ranged from small to large size projects. These experiences have taught me how to deal with people, manage teams appropriately, handle multiple tasks, and distribute the work for the team as well as offering the guidance if necessary.

Email: vpadmin.sj@unbgsa.ca

Guru Bhatia
Guru BhatiaVP Communication
Guru is an MBA candidate specializing in Project Management at the University of New Brunswick- Saint John. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a couple of years of administrative and managerial work experience back home in India. He is very passionate about sports, especially cricket. Also, he loves adventure activities and has done bungee jumping, rock climbing, white water rafting, and snorkeling. Skydiving is next on his bucket list. Guru also cares about social causes and has volunteered for many such causes like child labor, environment, and women’s rights in India.

GSA Duties
As VP Communications, Guru’s duties include disseminating information from the GSA to all graduate students and maintaining the GSA Facebook page and the notice board on campus. Contact him if you have suggestions for either of the two. Also feel free to contact him if you want to share any information of interest with fellow UNB Graduate Students.

Email: vpcommunication.sj@unbgsa.ca

Stephany Peterson
Stephany PetersonLiaison To Fredericton
Stephany is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Sociology, with a concentration on the concept of ‘local’. This has flourished in all facets of her life, as an intersection of her academic, professional, and philanthropic passions.

Stephany has served as the Arts Representative for the Graduate Student Association, President of the Sociology Graduate Society, and GSA Council Representative. She has presented and attended academic and industry conferences across the country, and her work has been published on topics of criticality and social construct temporalities.

In her professional career, Stephany is an Arts&Culture Director, serving on multiple boards and committees, including Director of North Market Wharf Cultural Association; Buskers on the Bay Festival Director; Canada Day Week Celebrations Arts&Culture Director; Vice-Chair of Saint John Community Arts Board; and Arts&Culture Director of FUSION Saint John. In additjon to being a captivating orator, Stephany is a writer, penning regular columns for local and provincial newspapers, along with marketing campaigns&funding applications, and fictional works as well. She is also the recipient of the Red Triangle Young Leader to Watch Award, along with numerous awards and accolades for the festivals and events for which she is director.

The concentration of Stephany’s efforts are in service of not-for-profit organizations – these also act as fundraisers that generate hundreds of thousands for arts&culture programming. Her passions are also shared with her community with a book campaign for youth: this sees brand new books given to hundreds of children from priority neighbourhoods each holiday season. She also continues her travels to dozens of countries to learn and share her experiences about local cultures around the world.

Stephany says, “in all facets of my life, it is my mission to be a voice for others, to harness our wealth of opportunities, and to provide support and direction for improving our lives as citizens of Saint John. I look forward to continuing to act in this capacity for – and with – my fellow students”.

Email: liaison.sj@unbgsa.ca