A dedicated group of MPS students travelled to Ottawa during reading week for a two-day policy discussion session with major federal government players from Treasury Board Secretariat and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada.
Students were assigned teams and collaborated to spearhead policy recommendations to questions about current priorities in the federal government such as information technology, digital government, artificial intelligence, clean technologies, diversity, and foreign investment. All groups did not fail to impress government representatives, including the Secretary of the Treasury Board Yaprak Baltacioglu, who sat in on day one of the policy sessions.
The student presentations were met with positive feedback as well as interest from both government employers. Two networking sessions that followed the presentations allowed students to network with employees to gain more insight about key priorities at the federal level. Consequently, numerous students were considered for employment opportunities for the upcoming co-op term in the spring!
The MPS visit to Ottawa was exceptionally beneficial for both government leaders and students. It created an opportunity for open policy discussion between MPS students and the federal government while demonstrating that our students really have what it takes to be instrumental to positive change as future fellow bureaucrats!