What is the SA board of directors?

What the Student Association’s board of directors does and how to vote in the elections

Deck the halls with lots of posters.

It’s election season at George Brown College (GBC) and starting on Thursday, March 28 students can vote online or in person to elect the Student Association (SA) board members for the next school year. The Dialog is funded by the SA.

What is the SA board of directors and what do they do?

The SA focuses on “representation, advocacy, delivery of services and the operation of businesses to support its overall mandate,” as stated in its constitution.

Composed of 10 members, 3 executives and 7 education centre representatives, the board of directors governs the SA between the Annual General Meetings and works with SA staff to ensure that its operations are in the interest of students.

The board sets the strategic vision of the SA and ensures that it follows its constitution and bylaws, policies, procedures and all applicable laws.

They also approve the SA’s annual budget and student ancillary fee proposals from the college.

The SA board meets once a month to discuss SA business and student concerns.

Who is running?

There are six candidates running for the director of education and equity, the sole executive position up for election in the spring.

They are Asif Farabi, Arnel Fleurant, Taliyah Gallwey, Nusrat Khan, Manisha Punjabi—who is running on the Students with a Dream slate (SWAD)—and Shewta Shukla.

You can read our round-table interview with four of the executive candidates. You can also read all the candidate statements on the Student Association’s website.

The remaining two executive positions of director of communications and director of operations positions will be elected in mid-term elections in the fall semester.

The candidates for the seven education centre representative positions are: 

Arts, Design and Information Technology Educational Centre Representative

  • Vimal—Students With A Dream (SWAD)

Business Educational Centre Representative

  • Ashutosh Goyal
  • Sergio Parada Hernandez
  • Taranjeet Singh Manchanda
  • Carla Rudberg
  • Mina Zamani

Community Services and Early Childhood Education Educational Centre Representative

  • Benny Brown

Construction and Engineering Technologies Educational Centre Representative

  • Ricardo Brown
  • Tejinder Pal Singh—Students With A Dream (SWAD)

Health Sciences Educational Centre Representative

  • Jolie Tadros

Hospitality and Culinary Arts Educational Centre Representative

  • Jamie Jamieson

Preparatory and Liberal Studies Educational Centre Representative

  • Shathvahi Ramesh

How to vote

Online voting will be accessible at sagbc.simplyvoting.com starting on Thursday, March 28 and will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3.

Students can also vote in person at the following dates and locations between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

St. James
Thursday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 3
Outside the Kings Lounge, Room 150
A Building, 200 King St. East. 

Casa Loma
Tuesday, April 2
Student Centre, E building, first floor
142 Kendal Ave.

Monday, April 1
Main lobby
51 Dockside Dr. 


What is the SA board of directors?