Vice-Presidential Elections (2019)

SOGS Vice-Presidential Elections

Want to be more involved with SOGS? Want to be an active member of the executive team? Want to give back to your peers and help make graduate student life at Western University the best it can be?

At April 2019 council all Vice-President positions will be up for election! Elected candidates will take office on May 1, 2019. Executive positions are paid and run for 12-months (until April 30, 2020). To nominate yourself, email by April 16. 

Learn more about each Vice-President position here: Not enough information? Email our current president, Mary Blake Rose at, and she will be happy to answer all of your questions. If you want position-specific information, email the current Vice-President corresponding to the position (see below).You can also pop in to the SOGS office (MC, rm 8) and the office staff will also be more than happy to talk with you about how SOGS.

The Vice President Academic ( co-ordinates a number of academic programs and services offered by the Society, including the Western Research Forum, and the Graduate Student Teaching Awards. This VP also meets regularly with the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Students, and with other university bodies, to discuss academic issues and concerns. The Academic Committee, Graduate Student Teaching Awards Committee, and the Gradcast Editorial Board operate in this VP’s portfolio.

The Vice President Advocacy ( works with and oversees the SOGS Equity, Sustainability, Graduate Student Issues, and Graduate Peer Support committees. The VP Advocacy portfolio focuses on graduate student issues, equity concerns, accessibility and inclusivity and improved partnerships with campus and community partners, including the Canadian Federation of Students. This VP contributes to graduate student life by planning Graduate Student Wellness week in October with VP Student Services and oversees SOGS weekly Graduate Peer Support drop-in.

The Vice President Finance (finance@sogs.cahas primary oversight over the finances of the Society. This VP works with the Society’s Accounting Manager and external accountant to manage the Society’s finances and prepares the annual budget. This VP also oversees the operation of the Grad Club, our graduate student pub, and administers various financial aid programs. The Finance Committee, Grad Club Committee, and the Bursary and Subsidy Committee operate in this VP’s portfolio. 

The Vice President Student Services oversees the SOGS Health Plan, International Graduate Student Issues, and Orientation and Social committees. This VP contributes to graduate student life by planning fall orientation events, works with VP Advocacy to run Graduate Student Wellness week in October, and meets with Western stakeholders to improve graduate student services.