The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the UMGSA. All of the Executive Members are elected during the UMGSA general elections held each March. If you would like to suggest ideas, raise your concerns, or meet with any of our Executives for any reason, call us at 204-474-9181 to make an appointment, or drop by our office anytime Monday to Friday, 9pm to 4pm.
The 2019 UMGSA General Election resulted in a tie for the position of Vice-President Services & Support. The successful candidate will be decided by a run-off election on May 16th and 17th. Click here to learn more.
The Executive is headed by the President, who is responsible for ensuring that the UMGSA runs effectively and sits on the U of M Board of Governors, the Senate, and chairs the Executive Committee. The Vice-President Finance & Administration looks after Policies and Bylaws, the UMGSA budget, conference grant funding, and other services. The Vice-President Services & Support is responsible for liaising with outside organizations and planning events to help improve graduate student life at the University. The Vice-President Academic is responsible for coordinating academic events, providing services for students in financial need and providing advocacy on academic issues on behalf of graduate students. The HSGSA President represents the interests of Health Sciences students at the Bannatyne and St. Boniface campuses. Additionally, two Senators and the Vice-President Academic represent graduate student interests in the University Senate.
Carl Neumann, UMGSA President
Office Hours: Wednesdays from 11:30am – 1:30pm, UMGSA Office
Hello Grad Students! As the President of the UMGSA, I am the official spokesperson for the Association, and I am here to ensure that all Grad Students and their interests are well-represented both within and beyond the University. Please do not hesitate to contact me and the rest of our team with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have.
I am pursuing my MA in Philosophy here at the UofM. I am serving my third term as President, and over the past two years I have served on more than 35 committees, councils, and boards at the University. Prior to that I was active on the UMGSA Council and on several of its committees. I was the VP and then President of the Ethics Center Students’ Association, and I have also repeatedly been a Teaching Assistant for several courses in Philosophy including both Environmental and Business Ethics.
Before my time at the UofM I completed my BEd at OISE at the University of Toronto, and then worked as a substitute teacher in the Winnipeg School Division. During that time I was also an Executive-at-Large with the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association, and a member of their Council for several years. I completed my undergraduate degree at Carleton University with a specialization in Philosophy, Ethics and Public Affairs, and a minor in Economics. During that time I served as a student Senator for three years and a Student Association Council Representative for two years.
Cody Ross, Vice-President Finance & Administration
Office Hours: Thursdays from 9:00am to 11:00am, UMGSA Office
Hello all. I am Cody Ross and I am thrilled to be a returning UMGSA Executive serving students as Vice President Finance and Administration.
I am currently in the 3rd year of my PhD program in the department of Geological Sciences where I examine hydrological processes and the factors that control how rainfall is transformed to streamflow.
My goal as a UMGSA executive has always been to optimize services that are offered to graduate students at the university. I am particularly focused on ensuring that the majority of the UMGSA budget is returned to students in the form of grants and awards. This year I hope to amalgamate existing UMGSA programs to better showcase graduate student research at the university. I also hope to improve the financial sustainability of the association and explore opportunities for external revenue streams.
I look forward to working with graduate students at the University of Manitoba for a second term and am always available during office hours or by email to help students maximize the benefits that they receive from the UMGSA.
Roxie Koohgoli, Vice-President Academic
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm, UMGSA Office
Hi, I’m Roxie! I am located at all three campuses (St. Boniface Research Hospital, Bannatyne, and Fort Garry) where I research Nutrition Medical Biochemistry. I received my B.Sc. (Honours) from the University of Guelph and was an Associate Research Scientist at Newcastle University Medical School’s Institute of Cellular Medicine before coming to UoM.
Since coming to UoM, I have been actively involved within the community, sitting on various committees, advocating for graduate student rights, and organizing multi-disciplinary symposiums and conferences. As your VPA, I will advocate on your behalf on academic matters, strengthen relations with Academics, Alumni, and Industry, and continue to enhance the UMGSA Awards. In addition, I will increase communication and collaboration between students and faculty across all the UoM campuses, creating opportunities for innovative and multidisciplinary research. I am excited meet all of you and serve as your VPA during the 2019/2020 Executive Year!
Okechukwu Efobi, Vice-President Services & Support
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, UMGSA Office
Hello, fellow grad students! I feel honoured to be elected as the Vice President Services & Support (VPSS). In my position as the VPSS, I am the liaison officer and the events planner for the UMGSA. As I liaise with other student associations, the government and external organizations, I am committed to the provision of quality and constructive representation of the interests of all UMGSA members.
A large number of grad students are on the U-Pass program. This is a great scheme. However, the user experience needs some upgrades. My key target is to form a coalition with UMSU, the university and other stakeholders to collectively push for improvements to the transit system. Please feel free to bring forward your ideas, suggestions or help on this matter and others. For UMGSA events, I intend to take the lead of past executives, while applying necessary improvements, on the orientation, social and sports events being organized by the UMGSA. The adjustments are aimed at increasing events participation and overall satisfaction.
Bio: I’m Okechukwu Efobi, a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have a Master’s degree from Yokohama National University, Japan and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nigeria. My background includes working, from an early age, in my family business, both in junior and supervisory roles. I have also worked as an executive in associations and as a volunteer in several organizations.
Mahder Teffera, HSGSA President
Office Hours: Thursdays from 9:30am to 11:30am, 402 Brodie Centre
My name is Mahder Teffera and I am a Master’s student in the department of Immunology doing research at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease. My research interests include studying infectious diseases, human and animal health, and microbiology/virology. I completed my Bsc at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in Microbiology. I am excited to serve as the President of the HSGSA in the 2019-2020 term and represent health graduate students to the best of my ability along with the other executives.
I have been involved in community outreach and volunteering since high school, from organizing school events to volunteering at hospitals and countless community events. Most recently I have been serving as VP-student outreach in the immunology department student council where I worked closely with fellow students to organize events and plan activities for our department. I will apply skills I have gained along the way to best serve in my role as an executive member of HSGSA.
Julia Minarik, Senator 1
Office Hours: Thursdays from 9:00am to 11:00am, UMGSA Office
To offer a brief and academic centric self-portrait: my name is Julia Minarik and I graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy & Economics last year with the Paul Russell Gold medal for the highest standing in Philosophy. I’m currently finishing up the first year of my M.A. program with a focus on philosophy of art, where I am ardently pursuing research on tattoos and aesthetic obligation (shout-out to my amazing advisor Prof. Carl Matheson for humouring my philosophical excursions without hesitation). My side reading includes an ever-dependable stack of metaphysics and gothic fiction, and more recently has seen the addition of some well-known science fiction that I have, up to this point in my life, criminally neglected. My one and only dream is to teach philosophy in some capacity, but according to many I am likely fated for a future in university politics. In line with these aspects of my character which have supposedly determined the place of my future self, I’m thrilled to be returning to university governance as a Senator for the UMGSA.
As a Senator for Arts on ASBC from 2016-17, and the Vice President of ASBC from 2017-18, I found a passion for university governance in my frustration with university bureaucracy and dissatisfaction with many of the university’s operations and policies. I am both emotionally invested and willing to navigate this space for students, so please come visit me, email, or otherwise inform me of issues you see within the university; come protest, come vent, come with fire, and I will be your willing and determined resource who will help you set things ablaze.
Ehsan Tahmasebian, Senator 2
Office Hours: Fridays from 12:30pm to 2:30pm, UMGSA Office
My name is Ehsan Tahmasebian and I am in the last year of my Ph.D. program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have also completed my M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba.
I served as the vice president and co-councilor of ECE-UMGSA chapter 2014-2017. During my term as the ECE-UMGSA VP, I was in charge of organizing events, such as orientation for new graduate students in ECE department as well as social events inside ECE department. I also represented our department in the UMGSA Council, and I served in UMGSA Events Committee in 2015. During 2017-2019 I have been o-councillor of ECE department in UMGSA Council. These experiences helped me to recognize the importance of the UMGSA for graduate students during their graduate programs.
As a senator during the 2019/2020 term, I will represent UMGSA on different Senate and council committees such as FGS Faculty council, FGS Appeals Committee, Student Senate Caucus, Senate Committee on Academic Computing, Senate Committee on Rules and Procedures, International Advisory Committee, Survey Review Committee, Next Gen Web Experience Project Board and University IT Advisory Council advocating for graduate student interests.