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Why AUGSA Goes to Conferences

AUGSA Executives attend a variety of conferences. Wilson Ho outlines some of the reasons.

Attending student-related conferences is an important part of student’s life at Athabasca University. We at Athabasca University Graduate Students Association (AUGSA) are members of the following students’ associations:

  • Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) – a federal student lobby group. According to their own description, CASA “is an alliance of student associations and student unions from across Canada. Through this network of student governments, CASA represents and promotes the interests of post-secondary students to federal and inter-provincial levels of government.” AUGSA’s involvement with CASA allows us to have a strong voice at the federal level, which is especially important given that our members are spread across the country.
  • Alberta Graduate Council (AGC) – a provincial lobbying council. The Alberta Graduate Council represents over 15,000 graduate students studying at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, and Athabasca University. Our involvement with the AGC allows the AUGSA an even stronger voice in Albertan provincial politics.
  • Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC) – The Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC) is a member-driven organization that unites over 175,000 students from 15 post-secondary institutions across Alberta. Established in 1982, ASEC lobbies directly to the government of Alberta through professional, student-driven advocacy.

We choose to be members of the above students’ associations because they cover a variety of topics, and give AUGSA opportunities to voice their opinions via these groups to politicians, business interest groups and other figures of influence. The associations above have at least one conference per year, where it is a great opportunity to meet and discuss current topics that affect post-secondary institutions. Also, it is an excellent opportunity for students to attend and network with other like-minded students, business and political leaders. Ideas from the conference can also develop into excellent research ideas; much of the policy research and development that AUGSA does is a result of conversations with other student leaders at these conferences.

For more information and links in regards to the above associations, links to their website, as well as upcoming conferences dates, please visit us at