2021 List of Executive Nominations with Biographies


My name is Erica Li-Humen. I graduated from Edwards School of Business with my MBA in 2003. Prior to joining the university, I worked with provincial government for over 10 years as business development manager. I have been with the university since 2019. I worked with the Controller Officer as Institutional Approver, and a Finance Analyst with College of Medicine. In December 2020, I started my new career path with Global Institute for Water Security as Financial Analyst. Although my roles and responsibilities were quite different in the past, I gained a numerous skill with different university units. I appreciate people who I have been working with to provide me the opportunity to challenge myself and help me to achieve my goals.

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ASPA Tuition Reimbursement Fund Application

The application form for the 2020-2021 ASPA Tuition Reimbursement Fund is now available online at: paws.usask.ca/go/awards. Students can apply online through their PAWS account as follows:

  1. Log into the Scholarships and Bursaries channel in PAWS (paws.usask.ca/go/awards)
  2. Click on the green “Apply for awards” button
  3. Click on the “Select Application Form” scroll-down menu under “Current Students
  4. Select the “2020-2021 ASPA Tuition Reimbursement Fund Application”; click “Apply

Please note the following:

  • ASPA members with family members graduating in 2021 can still receive the award for work done in the 2020-2021 academic year, even if they are not taking any further courses at the U of S.
  • Credit units completed after the end of this academic year (after the end of April 2021) will not be counted for this application, although they will be counted as part of the 2021-2022 application, as per the agreement between ASPA and the University that this award is based on. For example, 3rd year medical students who complete their credit units after April 2021 will not receive the full amount for the 2020-21 academic term but will be able to receive it the following year even though they started their studies during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Tuition Reimbursement Fund is available for members’ immediate family (spouses, partner, and children).

Grievance Update

ASPA continues to have several open grievances, eighteen (18) to be exact.  To date, of those eighteen (18); ten (10) were filed in 2020.  This compares to the eight (8) and nineteen (19) filed in 2019 and 2018, respectively.  We have however over the recent months been able to resolve a few the grievances related to the Employer’s failure to deduct Association dues.  Many of these grievances have been resolved by having positions moved within the scope of ASPA that were not previously in any bargaining unit.  The theme of the other bulk of our grievances relate to the assertion that the employer has wrongfully laid off a member.

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Temporary Layoffs

Written by Darcy Hryn-Bird

As you are probably aware the University of Saskatchewan (the employer) announced on April 28, 2020 how they will manage their workforce moving forward.  You should have received an email from People and Resources outlining their plans.

The people leaders in your area will be reviewing the work that is being done in your area over the upcoming days.   The employer identified in this communication that  “Staff working in essential campus operations will continue, some work in isolated areas of campus or sites outside the main campus may partially re-start, and work that can be done remotely will continue to be done off-campus.” 

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2020 List of Executive Nominations with Biographies


Karen E. Mosier is a Research Coordinator for the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. Karen has her BA in Psychology and MSc in Pharmacy. Karen has over fourteen years’ experience in research administration at the University of Saskatchewan. 

Karen was the ASPA representative on the Non-Academic Pension and Benefits Committee for 3 years until it was disbanded in June 2019. Karen has been on the ASPA communications committee since April 2018. In August 2019, she stepped up to chair two combined committees to form the Communications & Public Relations Committee. Karen has written 21 ASPA member highlights and 13-member interest articles for the ASPA Advocate website. Karen is also a member of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators. She is the co-leader of the CARA Member Engagement Committee and has written 30 articles for the CARA Connection newsletter. Karen recently published her first book entitled “Soft Skills and Professional Tips for the Office”.

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2:00 pm (Call to order)

Click a the links below to access documents related to the Annual General Meeting.

Condolences to the Gellner Family

Dear ASPA Members

We are very sad to advise everyone that Annetta Gellner passed away on Wednesday March 25, 2020 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Annetta served ASPA for 21 years as our assistant and that was after serving the university for 35 plus years in the registrars office. Annetta was an integral part of ASPA and for many years was the only constant in a rotating list of executive members. Speaking from personal experience having served as president for the first time 18 years ago, Annetta kept me on track with all the things a president has to do and was a wealth of information on everything from how to run a meeting to the story behind decisions made many years prior. I will miss Annetta but feel lucky to have worked with her.

You can read her obituary at this link https://www.arbormemorial.ca/hillcrest/obituaries/annetta-inez-gellner/47276

Curtis Larson

ASPA President”