End-of-year General Assembly results and new council positions

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the General Assembly on March 16th!

In the documents section of our blog you can access:.

Congratulations to the GEOGRADS Council Officers for 2016-17 who were appointed at the meeting:

  • Étienne Guertin: Treasurer
  • Jasmine Eftekhari:  VP Communications
  • Marion Macé: VP Internal MENV+DEA
  • Tiera Zukerman: VP Social MENV+DEA
  • Emory Shaw: VP Social MSC+PHD

Two positions are unfilled, and will therefore be open for nominations at the by-elections next September:

  • President (unfilled)
  • VP Internal MSC+PHD (unfilled)

General Assembly Proposed Agenda

GEOGRADS General Assembly
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
4:00pm – 5:45pm in H-1271 (geology lab)
Light lunch will be served  🍴

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
In accordance with our bylaws, here is the proposed agenda:


  1. Appoint Chair, Minute Taker and Time Keeper (2-3 mins)
  2. Approval of the Agenda (5 mins)
  3. Approval of Minutes from the General Assembly of Jan 20, 2016 (5 mins)
  4. President’s Report (8 mins)
  5. Internal/Federation Report (5 minutes)
  6. By-Law Changes (20 minutes)
  7. Nominations (25 minutes)
  8. Appointment of Interim VP Social MEnv/DEA (5 mins)
    • Motion to appoint Tiera Zukerman as VP Social MEnv/DEA (acting from January 2016 – present) until May 31st, 2016.
  9. Financial Report (15 minutes)
    • 2015-2016 Financial Report (10 mins)
    • Motion to contribute toward Frank Wilderson anti-black racism talk April 24th (2-3mins)
    • Motion to contribute $75 to the Dominion Special Issue on Land Defence (2-3mins)
  10. Other Business
    • Endorsements (text here – pending)
      • Concordia Against Tribunals (3mins)
      • Other endorsements
    • TRAC (3 mins)
  11. End of Nomination period (5 minutes)
    • Decision regarding campaign period and elections
  12. Adjourn

Estimated run time: 1h 45mins (i.e. from 4:00 – 5:45pm)
(Classes start at 6:00pm, room is booked until 6:30pm)

If you have anything to add, it is always possible to add items to the Agenda!
Also, check out this quick reference about Robert’s Rules.

General Assembly and Nomination Period

The next GEOGRADS General Assembly:

  • Weds March 16, 2016
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm in H-1271 (geology lab)
  • Light lunch will be provided

In accordance with our bylaws, we announce the nomination period for Executive Office positions of GEOGRADS for 2016-2017.  That’s right, we have some seats to fill!  Nominations for executive committee will be presented at the General Assembly.

The agenda for the General Assembly will be announced on or before March 14th. Feel free to submit items to the agenda, such as endorsements, to gpe.grads@gmail.com until March 13th.


Many seats will be opening on the executive next year!


To nominate yourself for a position (see below for list of positions):
1. Print and complete the nomination form (download here)
2. Collect at least three signatures from registered graduate students of the GPE department (MSc, MEnv,DEA, PhD).
3. Present completed nomination form to the General Assembly on March 23, 2016.

Nomination period (7 days): March 9, 2016 – March 16, 2016.
Uncontested positions will be acclaimed at the General Assembly on Weds, March 16, 2016.
Contested positions will enter into a campaign period (3-business-days) followed by a ballot vote on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Elected officers begin their positions on June 1st 2016.

Eligibility for elections:

  • Candidates must be registered in the MSc, MEnv, DEA or PhD program in the Department of Geography Planning and Environment, and be a student in Good Standing with the Office of the Dean.
  • Candidates must not be graduating within the term of the position (i.e. June 1 2016 – May 31, 2017)


  1. President
  2. VP Communications / Secretary
  3. Treasurer
  4. VP Social and Events (MSc)
  5. VP Social and Events (MEnv/DEA)
  6. VP Internal (MSc)
  7. VP Internal (MEnv/DEA)

Duties as described in the GEOGRADS By Laws: Continue reading

Invitation to Q&A for new tenure track hire in Science of Environmental Change, Sustainability and Resilience

As you may have heard our department will be hiring a new tenure track faculty member specializing in Science of Environmental Change, Sustainability and Resilience.

We are inviting all graduate and undergraduate students to meet and quiz the candidates.  Your participation is extremely important and we would really appreciate you input even if the candidates being interviewed area of expertise does not coincide with yours. These sessions will be held on the following dates:

  1. Jeannine St-Jacques – Weds, March 2 in H-1252
    • Title: River flows in the Canadian West: past, present and future
    • Seminar at 9:30am followed by discussion
    • Q&A from 4:45 to 5:30
  2. Rebecca Tittler –  Weds March 9 in H-1252
    • Title: Management of boreal and urban forests for sustainability and resilience: Why, where, and how much?
    • Seminar at 9:30am followed by discussion
    • Q&A from 3:15 to 3:45 (coffee will be served)
  3. Luc Pelletier  –  Mon March 14 in H-1252
    1. Title: Spatial heterogeneity in greenhouse gas fluxes: the case of northern peatlands
    2. Seminar at 9:30am followed by discussion
    3. Q&A from 3:15 to 4;00
  4. Geneviève Metson  – Weds March 16 in H-1252
    1. Title: Sustainability and resilience in the face of environmental change through the urban phosphorus lens
    2. Seminar at 9:30am followed by discussion
    3. Q&A from 2:15 to 2:45
  5. Emilie Saulnier-Talbot –  Weds March 23 in H-1252
    1. Title: Sustainability and resilience of freshwater systems in a rapidly changing world
    2. Seminar at 9:30am followed by discussion
    3. Q&A from 3:15 to 3:45 (coffee will be served)

Times may be subject to change. Room numbers TBA.

Cynthia Hammond: “Every Tree a Staunch Heart: Feminist Spatial Occupations in Bath, England, 1909-1912”

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Suffragette Annie Kenney, photographed with a Lawson Cypress in Bath, England, 1909. Courtesy of Bath in Time. 

GPE Dept Seminar Series

Cynthia Hammond (Concordia Art History)
Every Tree a Staunch Heart: Feminist Spatial Occupations in Bath, England, 1909-1912

  • 12 February 2016
  • 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
  • H-1267 (Concordia Hall Building)

On the outskirts of Bath, England, a remarkable feminist landscape took shape between 1909-1912. During these years, over sixty women visited a private home, to plant a tree or shrub in a carefully designed arboretum. This field of trees was intended to be a living monument to women who had either fought for the right to vote in the streets of England, or who had undergone hunger strikes and force-feeding in prison. The “Suffragettes’ Wood” (also called “Annie’s Arboretum” after the famous working-class suffragette, Annie Kenney) is the only known example of collective feminist landscape design in England. It is, however, one of many forms of feminist spatial occupation during the same period. In 1965 the Suffragettes’ Wood was destroyed to make way for a housing estate, leaving few material traces behind. Fortunately, an extensive photographic archive survived, and was made public, digitally, in 2008. It was this archive that alerted Cynthia Hammond to this powerful feminist history in Bath, and led to her research-creation work, “The Suffragettes’ Orchard.” Her presentation will tell the story of the Suffragettes’ Wood, its creation, decline, and destruction. It will also tell the story of how, starting with a small public art project, a community came together to create this city’s first public monument to women.

Cynthia Hammond is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University.

Presented by the Department of Geography, Planning, & Environment, Concordia University