The UTGSU Team

Academics and Funding Commissioner: Divisions 1 and 2
Christopher Ball –

Christopher provides guidance and advocacy for students who may encounter any number of institutional barriers to their academic success.

If you have been the subject of unfair treatment by your graduate unit, have encountered difficulties in receiving funding instalments, or need assistance navigating any of the university’s various support systems you can contact Christopher for support.

Academics and Funding Commissioner: Divisions 3 and 4
Sophie McGibbon-Gardner –

Sophie is responsible for helping members to address academic and funding issues, and for advocating for increased funding resources and academic processes and protections that help graduate students.

Need help submitting a funding complaint or having issues getting feedback from your supervisor? Email Sophie or come to her office hours to talk about a solution!

Finance Commissioner:
Branden Rizzuto –

Branden acts as the UTGSU’s Chief-Financial-Officer (CFO) and works directly with the UTGSU’s Finance Office, Finance Committee, Executive Committee, and Board-of-Directors to facilitate all matters and decisions related to the Union’s finances.

Please email Branden for questions related to the UTGSU’s finances or funding for UTGSU Members and/or Groups.

Civics and Environment Commissioner:
Leonardo Jose Uribe Castano –

Leonardo is in charge of promoting activities that aim to make UofT a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community, as well as encouraging civic engagement amongst graduate students. These initiatives are fostered in both the Environmental Justice and Sustainability committee and the civics committee.

Interested in joining these committees? Email him for more information.

External Commissioner:
Maryssa Barras –

Maryssa is the chair of the Equity and Advocacy Committee, is in charge of the Mobilization Working Group, and is the main liaison between the UTGSU and external bodies. 

Contact Maryssa for any inquiries in equity or advocacy based UTGSU initiatives, for information on what external resources and organizations UTGSU members have access to, for information on provincial and federal student policies and affairs, and for information on how the UTGSU can support your own advocacy initiatives.

University Governance Commissioner:
Lwanga Musisi –

Lwanga acts as a liaison between the UTGSU and the University of Toronto administration by representing the UTGSU on various University of Toronto committees. 

Do you have governance and or representation concerns in your department? Feel free to email Lwanga for your collective voice to be heard.

Internal Commissioner:
Adam Hill –

Adam is responsible for preparing and organizing Director and Executive meetings, chairing both the Policy and Operations  Committee and the Building Management Subcommittee, managing records of proceedings, and tracking our Bylaw and Policy updates.

Interested in our proceedings and/or drafting and revising policy?  Email Adam to join the conversation!