UMGSA General Council

The UMGSA General Council is made up of representatives from over 40 departments at the University of Manitoba who vote on issues that affect graduate student life. Take a look at the list below and see if your department is represented. There are great reasons to make sure that your department is represented on council, including the department grant you receive twice a year for participation. If your department isn’t on the list below, follow our step-by-step guide on how to become a councillor. If you want to get to know your councillor, contact us and we will put you in touch with the representative from your department.

What does General Council do? Councillors meet monthly (usually the fourth Wednesday of the month) in the UMGSA Lounge at 221 University Centre (or on Zoom during COVID-19). The UMGSA Executives report to council about what their committees are working on, Executives relay updates about university administration, councillors share news from their departments, and council discusses and votes on issues that affect graduate student life. If you have an issue that you would like to have discussed at General Council contact us, or your departmental representative and they can advocate on your behalf. If you would like to learn more about the UMGSA Executives, you can read their profiles or familiarize yourself with their duties in the Governance and Operations Manual.

If you want to know what goes on at a UMGSA General Council meeting, you can read the minutes of past meetings here. Guests are also welcome, so feel free to join us for a General Council meeting to see what it’s all about.

Departments and Representatives on UMGSA General Council

Faculty of Agricultural & Food Science

Agribusiness and Agri-Economics: Vacant

Animal Science: Oluwakemi Omotosho

Biosystems Engineering: Shubham Sharma & Shivam Tejaswi

Entomology: Joel Gardner

Food & Human Nutritional Sciences: Thilini Dissanayake & Breanne Semenko

Plant Science: Jacob Kolody & Md. Ehsanul Haq

Soil Science: Curtis Cavers & Clemence Muitire


Faculty of Architecture

Architecture: Benita Kliewer

City Planning: Anna McKinnon & Colt Maddock

Interior Design: Sean Hewlett 

Landscape Architecture: Jeeth Reteesh


Faculty of Arts

Anthropology: Vacant

Economics: Michael Apata & Shantanu Debbarman

English, Film, Theatre, and Media: Amy-Leigh Gray

History: Cara Ginter

Linguistics: Oluwakemi Kolapo

Political Studies & Public Administration: Jessica Drakul & Nabila De la Cruz Garcia

Psychology: Reegan McCheyne & Jessa Hogarth

Sociology & Criminology: Avery Hallberg 


Asper School of Business

Asper – Master of Finance: Vacant

Management – PhD & MSc: Jingnan Li & Zhe Shen

Management – MBA: Meenakshi Sharma


Faculty of Education

Education – PhD: Ahmad Zirak Ghazani

Education – Admin, Foundations & Psychology: Abiola Olowolagba 

Education – Curriculum, Teaching & Learning: Vacant


Faculty of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering: Farinaz Jonidi Shariatzadeh 

Civil Engineering: Kadir Yanac

Electrical & Computer Engineering: Abolfazl Babaei & Amirmasoud Amirkabiri

Mechanical Engineering: Osamudiamen Olaye & Behzad Fakour


Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Environment & Geography: Kiran Yendamuri & Zakhar Kazmiruk

Earth Sciences: Adam Snyder

Natural Resources Institute: Brendan Middel & Sobiya Aziz Badat


Faculty of Graduate Studies

Applied Health Sciences: Brenda Tittlemier & Banke Oketola

Peace & Conflict Studies: Maha Mehanna


Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management

Kinesiology & Recreation Management: Ganesh Tailor & Olivia Tefft


Faculty of Law

Master of Human Rights: Diana Ubokudom


Faculty of Nursing

Nursing: Suzaine Opena & Zi Zhang


Faculty of Science

Biological Sciences: Ashley Tripp 

Chemistry: Scott Legare

Computer Science: Vacant

Mathematics: YG Liang

Microbiology: Dustin Maydaniuk

Physics & Astronomy: Brydyn Mac Intyre


If you would like contact information for any of the above councillors please e-mail our Governance and Communications Coordinator with your question and request at:

You may also want to contact your department’s graduate student advisor or graduate chair for more information about getting involved at the department level.