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Annual General Meeting of the EGSA-AÉDÉ 2017-18

Thursday, September 28th, 3pm to 5pm (LMX477)

Are you looking to get involved? Build your academic and professional networks? Gain experience while serving your community? The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the EGSA-AÉDÉ is where the direction of the Association is set (in broad terms) for the upcoming academic year (2017-2018). Members commit to portfolios and standing committees. As a volunteer driven organization, we are always looking for new volunteers to help us fulfill our mission of building community for our student body at the Faculty of Education! There are lots of ways to contribute, including:

  • Creating and promoting workshops for skills development
  • Planning social events for your colleagues and classmates
  • Proofreading, editing, or laying out the newsletter
  • Advocating on behalf of students
  • Supporting other students in their graduate school journey
  • Managing the website and our social media presence

The AGM is also where elections are held for any vacant external representative positions.

Currently, the following external representative positions are available:

  • Educational Policy Committee (1 graduate student)
  • Educational Equity Committee (1 Anglophone graduate student, 1 Francophone graduate student)
  • Management Committee for Educational Research Units (1 graduate student)
  • Faculty Council (1 Anglophone graduate student)
  • CUPE 2626 Stewards’ Council (1 graduate student)

Responsibilities of external representatives:

  • The external representative shall make reasonable efforts to attend the meetings of the committee or council to which she was elected. If she is unable to attend a meeting, she shall inform the Association so that a replacement may be found.
  • The external representative shall make reasonable efforts to attend the meetings of the Association Committee (“EGSA-AÉDÉ Meetings”) to report on the activities of the committee or council to which she was elected. If she is unable to attend, she shall provide her report to the chair so that it may be presented.

Election procedure

  • To become a candidate for a position, interested members may nominate themselves or others for a position by e-mail to the chair or by a declaration during the position’s nomination period at the AGM
  • Candidates shall have an amount of time designated by the chair to present themselves for a position. All candidates for the same position shall receive equal time to present.
  • Candidates who are unable to be present for the AGM (“absentee candidate”) may submit a brief text to the chair, who shall present it to the AGM on the candidate’s behalf. If the chair is running against an absentee candidate, the text shall be read by another member present.
  • Elections shall be conducted by secret ballot.
  • In the case of an uncontested position, the vote shall be a Yes or No vote.
  • In the case of a vote where no candidate has a majority, the lowest candidate shall be dropped from the ballot and the vote be retaken


  • Association Committee Chair
  • Administrative Officer
  • Information Technology Officer
  • Physical Resource Officer
  • Program Representatives (M.Ed.; M.A.; Graduate Diploma; Ph.D.)
  • Communication Officer
  • Marketing and Social Media Officer
  • Newsletter Editor
  • The Journal Editor
  • Academic Officer
    • Academic team members
  • Social Officer
    • Social team members

If you have any questions regarding the positions please email

Preparing Proposals for Academic Conferences Workshop

Date: September 13, 2017 at 1:30pm

Location: MRT 007

Presenter: Professor Nicholas Ng-A-Fook

Language of Presentation: English and French

Adobe Connect:


Presenting at conferences is a great way to meet people, share your work, get feedback, and enhance your CV.  Writing your conference proposal can be intimidating, and for this reason the EGSA-AÉDÉ has organized a workshop with the President of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE), Professor Ng-A-Fook, with information on how to write your proposal for CSEE, tips to get accepted, and hands-on activities.  If you have a working proposal, feel free to bring one!  If not, we will provide samples.  

Refreshments will be provided thanks to support from the EGSA-AÉDÉ.

It is possible to attend this session in person or virtually over Adobe Connect.

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Information Session and Discussion on the Research Ethics Application

Date: Monday, May 15th, 2017 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location: Vanier (VNR) 1050

Language of Presentation: English and French


Adobe Connect:

Are you beginning to think about or plan your ethics proposal? Dr. Barbara Graves, Chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Ethics Board (REB), will provide an overview of the ethics application process and tips for completing the ethics application.

We recommend you bring a laptop or a tablet to be able to navigate the Research Ethics Board website during the information session or download a copy of the ethics application ( and bring it with you to the session.

The information session will be available on campus and virtually over Adobe Connect.

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Thesis Proposal Information Session

Date : Thursday April 27th, 2017  1:30pm – 3:00pm

Location : LPR 284

Language of Presentation : English and French

 Registration :

Proposal Information Session: Are you feeling confused or overwhelmed writing your research proposal? In partnership with the graduate studies directors, the EGSA-AÉDÉ is running an information session that will address expectations for the proposal and strategies for writing a proposal and defending a PhD proposal. Don’t miss your chance to take part in the conversation, as the proposal is a very important component of your graduate studies.

The information session will be available on campus and virtually over Adobe Connect.

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Conversation Club

Do you want to improve your second language speaking skills? Come join us Wednesdays at 5pm in the basement of the Royal Oak on Laurier St. and practice your second language!

Join our facebook group for the most up-to-date information!

End-of-March Pub Night

Date: March 30, 8:00 p.m.
Location: La Maison, 191 Somerset St. E (corner of King Edward Ave. and Somerset St. E)

Join us for a night out to celebrate the end of the month of March! Tasty snacks to be provided! If you have class that night, don’t worry about swinging by afterward.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Student Speaker Series – April 13, 2017

The Student Speaker Series provides students an opportunity to practice their presentation skills and share their ideas with their peers. Students may practice presenting for an upcoming conference, defense, or share other ideas (e.g., methodology, epistemology, theoretical framework) with their peers.

Students are invited to be part of the audience to learn from their peers and provide constructive feedback to the presenters. Sessions will be advertised via the EGSA-AÉDÉ newsletter, Facebook page and Twitter. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Date: April 13th, 2017 1PM

Location: LMX 477


1:00 PM : Julie Vaudrin-Charette

1:30PM : Hembadoon Oguanobi

2:00 PM : Discussion

(Please note, abstracts are presented in the language in which they are received)

Un avant-goût des rôles identitaires, défis et succès dans la mise en oeuvre des appels à l’action de la CVR par les enseignants. (Julie Vaudrin-Charette, PhD Candidate)

Une analyse de pratiques en cours  dans le programme de formation collégiale au  Québec,  où  les  questions  liées  aux  relations  allochtones-autochtones  restent  abordées  de  façon embryonnaire, et souvent selon le bon vouloir des enseignants, nous semble essentielle. Spécifiquement,  comment  les  éducateurs  se  représentent-ils  ces  collaborations  pédagogiques,  et comment  leurs  actions  s’avèrent-elles évocatrices  du  curriculum  imaginé  de  la  Commission  de vérité  et réconciliation,  de  celui,  prévu  ou  non,  des  instances ministérielles,  et  de leur  expérience  individuelle  et collective de la réconciliation?  

Encountering and exploring the polysemy effect of the tag ‘refugee’. (Hembadoon I. Oguanobi, MA Candidate)

Dillion (1998) writes, “The refugee is a scandal” (p. 30), and I want to know, in what ways. In my presentation, I will be exploring the notion of what it means to be a refugee in the 21st century and how nations exclude this heterogeneous group of persons from the protection of the state. Warner (1999) writes “without citizenship, one is stateless, and hence unprotected. Only Citizens can be protected, mere persons cannot” (p. 257). I draw from Arendt (1978) and Kristeva (1991) in finding ways to protect refugees in our midst, and not treat them as enemies to be excluded as other/them.

Demystifying the Comprehensive Examination Process

Date: March 30, 3 p.m.

Location: LMX 387

Presenters: Program Directors Nathalie Bélanger & Ruth Kane

Language of presentation: French and English


Are you confused about the expectations of comprehensive examinations? Do you continue to wonder how to tell if you are well prepared? Directors of Graduate Studies, Nathalie Belanger and Ruth Kane, will explain the comprehensive examination process and provide students with strategies that will help them to work with their supervisor and committee members to prepare for the examination. They will work with participants to identify how one can prepare for success in the comprehensive examination.

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