The Geography And Planning Students’ Society (GAPSS) advocates and supports students in the Human Geography and Planning programs at the University of Alberta, or students interested in issues surrounding Human Geography and Planning. Particularly, GAPSS serves its students through academic, professional, and social programming. Academically, GAPSS provides information about professors, classes, graduate school opportunities, and conferences, facilitating mentorship and study programs. Professionally, GAPSS organizes professional workshops and networking events to allow students to meet and learn from individuals in the workshop. Socially, GAPSS organizes social events to create a venue for students to meet other students, and professors in the department.
Your 2017-2018 GAPSS Executive Team:
I’m entering my third year majoring in Planning. Outside of GAPSS, I’m involved in other student-run organizations, including the SU and the Greek community. My interests include long distance running, reading (predominately modern philosophy), watching/supporting Arsenal FC, sketching, and more recently, singing.
I’m a B.A student, majoring in Planning and minoring in Economics. I enjoy music, photography and mixed-use communities. I decided to major in Urban Planning after seeing slum communities in Latin America. On the side, I work as co-founder of 780 Film, a small videography company.
VP Human Geography
I am a first-generation Canadian Muslim. My roots are in Safed, Palestine. I am in my fourth year of my undergraduate degree in Human Geography (honours) at the University of Alberta. I'm particularly interested in food insecurity, children’s wellbeing, and community development. Alongside actively engaging in the preservation of a lost Palestinian culture, I enjoy playing my ukulele, spending time with family, and winning competitive board games.
I’m a third year Urban Planning student and am passionate about food accessibility, sustainability, and the interdisciplinary ways in which cities function. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, hiking, climbing – really anything outdoorsy – as well as travelling to experience different places and cultures.
This fall I’ll be starting my second year of studies in the BSc. Planning program. Though usually out exploring urban areas, I also enjoy volunteering at the Campus Food Bank, being a member of Edmonton’s Youth Council, playing accordion, and wading in the water of Edmonton’s new beach.
Hi! My name is Hamza Farooqui and I’m your GAPSS VP External. I’m in my final year of the Planning program and excited to soon work professionally. This summer I interned with DIALOG and had an incredible experience working on compelling and impactful projects as well as learning skills for my future career.
Hi! My name is Jacqueline Johnston and I was lucky enough to be elected as this years VP Finance. I am in my second year of a double major in Human Geography and Economics. I am looking forward to contributing to GAPSS' success over the next 9 months!
VP Graduate Studies
I am a Masters Student at the University of Alberta’s Urban and Regional Planning Program. I started my planning education at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Design. My key areas of interest are in transportation, sustainable development, urban design, and land use planning.