Executive - Staff - Front Desk - Officers of Council - Organizational Chart
SGPS Executive
President (president@sgps.ca)
Chris Cochrane
As President, it's my job to represent graduate and professional students to the university administration, Senate and Board of Trustees. I also serve as an SGPS representative on a number of university committees, such as the Senate Committee on Academic Development, the Campus Planning Advisory Committee, the Graduate Studies Executive Council, the Strategic Management Enrolment Group and the Student Life Centre Council. And along with the other members of the Executive, it's part of my job to oversee the internal operations of the SGPS. So if you have a question or concern about something happening at the university or involving the SGPS and don't know who else to contact, feel free to shoot me an email. Chances are if I can't help you myself, I can point you in the right direction.
VP Campaigns and Community Affairs (vpcca@sgps.ca)
Lorne Beswick
Hi, I'm your Vice President Campaigns and Community Affairs. Generally, I am the external representative of the SGPS, representing and communicating the interests of the members of the SGPS to external student associations. I also promote the interests of SGPS members by advocating on their behalf to people and organizations external to the University. If you would like to become involved or have any concerns, I encourage you to contact me or to join the Campaigns and Community Affairs Standing Committee.
VP Finance and Services (vpfs@sgps.ca)
Christina Huber
As the Vice President Finance and Services, I manage the finances of the SGPS. Health and dental plan, dental bursary and various grants are some ways in which we at the SGPS endeavour to meet the financial needs of our fellow students. If you have any concerns or questions on your financial right as students, feel free to email me or drop by at the office!
VP Graduate (vpg@sgps.ca)
Mark Kellenberger
My primary role is to advocate for and represent the interests of graduate domestic and international students to the Graduate Studies Executive Council, the School of Graduate Studies and various SGS or Senate academic and student life committees. I also oversee the Student Advisor Program, one of the most important SGPS services. I also chair the Academic Affairs Standing Committee. Send me an email or make an appointment if you'd like to know more, to share something about your experience as a grad student, or if you would like to get involved with some of the work we're doing at the SGPS.
VP Professional (vpp@sgps.ca)
Mark Asfar
Hello! I am your VP Professional. I represent the interests of Professional Students at SGPS Executive and handle the organization's Human Resources.
SGPS Permanent Staff
Executive Assistant (ea@sgps.ca)
Andria Mahon
My role is to assist the Executive in the governance of the SGPS by overseeing research on post-secondary education, human resources, campaigns, outreach, etc. I'm also the person to contact if you want to get involved with the SGPS.
Executive Director (ed@sgps.ca)
Sean Richards
Do you have a question about the SGPS? Ask me!! I am one of 4 full-time staff people at the SGPS. It is my responsibility to ensure the overall well-being of the SGPS and to act as an information resource for SGPS Executive, Staff, and SGPS Members. Please contact me at any time with questions or concerns about your experience as a graduate or professional student or with regard to any aspect of the SGPS.

I also supervise the SGPS website and the SGPS communications strategy. I promote the SGPS, SGPS member events, and any other information that pertains to SGPS Society members. I am also responsible for the creation and distribution of E-Newsletters, the Orientation Guide and the Graduate and Professional Student Handbook. Any problems or concerns with the guides, website, or communications should be directed to me.
Assistant Executive Director (aed@sgps.ca)
Pam Asselstine
As Assistant Executive Director I work with the Executive Director and the Front Desk Staff to maintain efficiency and excellence at the SGPS office. My role involves many different things such as: assisting with the administration of the health and dental plan, helping with bursary and funding applications, club registrations, coordinating training and various financial tasks. Have a question about the SGPS health and dental plan? Drafting a constitution for your club and are not sure where to begin? Would like to know what your options are for funding? Other concerns? Sean or I can help!
Front Desk (frontdesk@sgps.ca)
Nancy Warnica
Hello to all Graduate, Law, Education and Theology students! The front desk staff are here to welcome you to the office and field your questions and concerns. We also provide support to the rest of the SGPS team as they work on projects on your behalf. Got a question about the health and dental plan? Insurance claim rejected? Need an ISIC Card? Stop by the SGPS Office - we're here for you.
SGPS Staff
Social Commissioner (social@sgps.ca)
Ciara Bracken-Roche
Hello everyone, I am really happy to be taking the helm as social commissioner this year! After a very successful summer and Orientation Week social schedule, the social team and I will continue to plan and carry out social and athletic activities throughout the year to bring all of you fantastic graduate and professional students together. These events are planned for you so please don't hesitate to forward any suggestions for our upcoming social activities. We post all our events on the Facebook SGPS Group, and email your departments directly to help keep you informed. I encourage you to send your ideas to social@sgps.ca and we'll do our best to carry out your suggestions with great success!
Athletics Coordinator (athletics@sgps.ca)
Prashant Agrawal
Hi everyone! As the new athletics coordinator it is my goal to make sure the athletic needs of the SGPS members are met in fun and social settings. Whether you are looking to pick up a new activity or wanting to continue your favourite sport, I will be more than happy to help you organize a team or find a league to suit your needs. Also, keep an eye out for special tournaments/fun days we will be organizing to get you out of the office and actively interacting with other members. I hope to see many bright, smiling faces at our events this coming year, can't wait to meet you all!!!
Logistics Coordinator (logistics@sgps.ca)
Ahmad Abou Saleh
As Logistics Coordinator I assist the Social Commissioner in planning all of the orientation events in the beginning of the year. I also help plan and carry out the social events throughout the year. I look forward to meeting many of the new and returning graduate students at these events.
Planning Coordinator (planning@sgps.ca)
Jamie Summers
Hello! I'm very excited to be you're Planning Coordinator for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. The Social Committee is organizing some great events for orientation week and fun events throughout the year, so get excited! A new year is a great time to get out and meet other grad students from all walks of life. I look forward to getting to know all our new and returning members!
Equity & Diversity Commissioner (equity@sgps.ca)
Erica Baker
As the SGPS Equity Commissioner, I am responsible for keeping the activities of the SGPS aligned with equitable principles. In my capacity as the Equity Commissioner Internal, I will be sitting on committees within the University that deal with equity and accessibility and I will be working within the SGPS, with Executive, Staff and Council members, to ensure that the SGPS' and the University's activities are broadly accessible, that hiring is fair and transparent, that training in equity issues and inclusivity are available, and that the rights of the diverse population of graduate and professional students are represented and protected under our (Universities and SGPS) Policies and Bylaws. My most important role, however, is to ensure that every one of our members feels welcomed and comfortable working, living and learning in this environment and as such, I welcome people to contact me with any and all equity related issues.
Equity & Diversity Coordinator (equityco@sgps.ca)
Mathieu Crupi
As the SGPS Equity Coordinator, I assist the Equity Commissioner in all work associated with equity internal to the SGPS membership and within the broader Queen's University community. The focus of my role is to organize and liaise with equity-seeking groups on campus and to establish relationships with community organizations in Kingston. Much of my work also consists of organizing equity-related events, campaigns, and anti-oppression training. If you're interested in volunteering for any of our initiatives or just want to chat about equity at Queen's, feel free to get in touch with me!
International Students Affairs Commissioner (international@sgps.ca)
Jhordan Layne
As the SGPS International Student Affairs Commissioner, I work to support and advocate for international graduate and professional students on Queen's campus. My goal is to communicate with international students in an effort to welcome them and facilitate their integration into the Queen's and Kingston communities. I also look forward to investigating the current situation of international student affairs at Queen's and making recommendations to the SGPS Council, the University administration and other institutional bodies in order to make Queen's a more inclusive space for international students. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to volunteer or if you have any insights into international student affairs at Queen's or beyond.
International Students Affairs Coordinator (isc@sgps.ca)
Ahmed Abdel Razek
As the SGPS International Student Affairs Coordinator, I assist the International Student Affairs Commissioner in her advocacy and support work. The focus of my role is to be a point of contact and a source of information for new and current international students and to articulate their needs to the Commissioner in order to shape an informed and effective international student affairs agenda. Please do get in touch if you have any queries or ideas about international student affairs at Queen's.
Sustainability Coordinator (sustainability@sgps.ca)
Megan MacCallum
As a Sustainability Coordinator my responsibilities are to encourage, enforce and implement sustainable practices within and outside of the SGPS, make use of water, energy and resources more efficient, collaborate with related organizations and administration, build a commitment to decrease GHG emissions, as well as represent SGPS on Queen's Sustainability Advisory Committee. We hope to influence leadership, innovation and advancement of sustainability on and off campus. Share your passion with us: Together, we can make a difference!
Officers of Council
Speaker (speaker@sgps.ca)
Eric Rapos
I prepare material for and run Council and Annual General Meetings. I also chair the Bylaw and Policy Revisions Standing Committee and am responsible for maintaining and interpreting the SGPS Bylaws and Policies.
Deputy Speaker (deputyspeaker@sgps.ca)
~ vacant ~
As Deputy Speaker, I chair general meetings and council meetings in the absence of the Speaker. In addition, I maintain and organize official lists of current council members, distribute and familiarize Robert's Rules of Order to council members and ensure council members from each department attend meetings.
Chief Returning Officer (cro@sgps.ca)
Travis Skippon
The CRO is responsible for organizing and running elections for the SGPS.