People profiles

Ashish Sharma

Ashish Sharma

Alumnus - Class of 2014

Current position: Policy Analyst, Canadian Heritage
Co-op experience: Data Analyst, Periodical Publishing Policy, Canadian Heritage; Research Assistant, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Gatineau
Academic background: Business Administration, Simon Fraser University
 

Erin

Erin Dessau

Student - Class of 2016

Academic background: Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University
Co-op position: Research Assistant, Ontario Health Study 

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Aamir Hajeeyani

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Political Science & History, University of Toronto
​Co-op position: Research Analyst, Economic Infrastructure Policy, Treasury Board Secretariat

Kayla

Kayla McKinnon

Communications Support (Contract)
Kayla is an alumnus of the Master of Public Service program, and was the Master of Public Service Association’s Director of Administration from 2010 – 2011. Prior to graduate studies, she completed her B.A. in Social Development Studies (Hons) at the University of Waterloo.
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Rick Camman

Alumnus - Class of 2017

Academic Background: Honours Bachelor of Arts: Political Science with Research Specialization Option from Wilfrid Laurier University
Co-op position: Analyst, Retail and Service Industries Division at Statistics Canada

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Patricia Kulaga

Student - Class of 2019

Academic Background: Honours Specialization International Relations, Minor in French Language and Translation, Western University
Co-op Position: Policy and Programs Assistant/Research Marketing Associate, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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Louise Chaput

Lecturer (French Studies)

Louise Chaput has a PhD in French Linguistics. Her research focuses on journalistic discourse and sociolinguistic. Co-author of the textbooks : Invitation à écrire and Découverte et communication, she is also interested in teaching French as a second language. 

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Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Alumnus - Class of 2012
Current position: Community Programming and Operations Analyst, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Co-op work experience: Project Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Economic Development Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 
Canadian Heritage team

Success at Canadian Heritage

MPS alumni

Since 2011, students from various MPS cohorts have earned continued success working at the Department of Canadian Heritage. Starting their career journeys as co-op students, these MPSers gathered top-notch policy experience that helped them acquire post-graduation employment with the federal public service.

Irfan Gova

Irfan Gova

Alumnus - Class of 2014

Current employer: Service Canada, British Columbia 
Academic Background: Political Science, Simon Fraser University

Keegan

Keegan Filion

Alumnus - Class of 2016

Academic background: Political Science, Bishop's University
Co-op position: Research Intern, Niagara Parks Commission

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Jack Arnott

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Bachelor of Arts, major in Political Science & minor in French, Carleton University 
Co-op position: Policy Analyst, at Innovation, Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

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Ian Chesney

Alumnus - Class of 2015

Current position: Policy Advisor, ON Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing
Co-op experience: PERL Policy Co-op, ON Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing
Academic background: History, Queen's University

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Beverly Leung

Alumnus - Class of 2017

Academic background: Global Development & Gender Studies, Queen’s University
Co-op position: Research & Insights Analyst, Toronto Transit Commission

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Aizaz Malik

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Bachelor of Arts, Business & Society, York University
Co-op position: Industry Analyst, Automotive, Transportation, and Digital Technologies Branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Daniel Henstra.

Daniel Henstra

Associate Professor (Political Science)

Professor Henstra's research centres on public administration and public policy. In his work on emergency management and climate change adaptation, he has studied the policy process of federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has analyzed the complex, networked relationships among elected officials, public servants, stakeholders and the public.

Read Daniel Henstra's full profile.

Kate

Kate Ryan

Alumnus - Class of 2012

Current position: Policy Analyst, Student Success/Learning to 18, Strategic Policy Branch, Student Success Division, Ontario Ministry of Education
Co-op work experience: Junior Policy Analyst, Capital Policy Branch, Elementary/Secondary Business and Finance Division, Ontario Ministry of Education

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Sridaya Srivatsan

Student - Class of 2018

Academic background: Economics, minor in Management Studies, University of Waterloo
​Co-op position: Service Delivery and User Experience Officer, Canadian Heritage

Khanh Dang

Khanh Dang

Alumnus - Class of 2014

Current position: Health Promoter, Region of Peel
Co-op experience: Health Promotion Assistant, Region of Peel
Academic background: Political Science and Health Studies, McMaster University 

Jordan

Jordan Hughes

Alumnus - Class of 2016

Current Position: Project Evaluator, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change 
Co-op Position: Assistant Project Officer, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change 
Academic Background: Criminal Justice & Public Policy, University of Guelph

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Genelle Martin

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Political Science and Business, Wilfrid Laurier University
Co-op position: Junior Business Advisor, Ontario Investment Office, Ministry of Economic Development and Growth 

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Diedre Beintema

Alumnus - Class of 2015

Current position: Special Advisor Community Engagement, City of Hamilton
Co-op experience: Assistant Environmental Planner, City of Hamilton
Academic background: ​Political Science, ​McMaster University 

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Jessica Goddard

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Arts and Business, Social Development Studies, University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Analyst, Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) 

Frederick Bird.

Frederick Bird

Research Professor (Political Science)

A graduate of Harvard (Magna cum lauded in History), Harvard Divinity School, and the Graduate Theological Union (Thesis on the history of American responses to poverty), Frederick Bird is a Research Professor at the University of Waterloo and Graduate Officer for the MA in Political Science. He is also a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Concordia University, where previously he was a professor of Religion and a Concordia University Research Chair in Comparative Ethics.

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Jessica Wu

Jessica Wu

Program Assistant

The go-to-person for current students, Jessica is a graduate of the Master of Public Service program and the recipient of the 2014 MPS Excellence Award. Before making the move to Waterloo, she completed her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Law and Society) at the University of British Columbia.

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Joyce Wai

Student - Class of 2018

Academic Background: Philosophy & History, Queen’s University

Co-op Position: Research Analyst (Intergovernmental Policy), Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure

Christopher Gunn

Christopher Gunn

Alumnus - Class of 2014

Current position: Solutions Consultant, Learnography
Co-op experience: Analyst, Regional Economics & Innovation Unit, Ontario Ministry of Finance
Academic background: Political Science, University of Waterloo

John Milloy

John Milloy

Lecturer

John Milloy was first elected Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. John was appointed Government House Leader in 2011. He has also served as Minister of Community and Social Services, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation.

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Raquel Damiao

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Bachelor of Arts, major in Legal Studies & minor in Political Science, University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Junior Program Officer, Income Security and Social Development Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada

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Emmanuel Dowuona

Alumnus - Class of 2015

Current position: Junior Policy Analyst, ON Ministry of Education
Co-op experience: Junior Policy Analyst, ON Ministry of Education
Academic background: ​Law and Justice, ​Algoma University

Matthew King

Matthew King

Advisory Group member

Principal at Stratgov Solutions

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Nathan Tasker

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Social Development Studies, University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Documents and Logistics Branch Forms Management Project Assistant, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Emmett Macfarlane.

Emmett Macfarlane

Assistant Professor (Political Science)

Professor Macfarlane’s research explores the relationships between rights, governance, and public policy, with a particular focus on the Supreme Court of Canada’s impact on public policy and political discourse under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. His current research examines legislative responses to court rulings on rights and the implications these interactions have for policy change, institutional relationships, and the meaning of the Constitution. Another project involves comparative study of bills of rights in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Read Emmett Macfarlane's full profile.

Ed

Ed Cabrera

Alumnus - Class of 2016

Current Position: Strategic Planning Analyst, Global Affairs Canada
Co-op position: Business Improvement Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Government & Consumer Services
Academic background: Political Science & French, McMaster University

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Devon Power

Student - Class of 2018

Academic background: Communications and Multimedia Studies, McMaster University
Co-op position: Junior Economist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Sheila

Sheila McConnell

Program Officer
The go-to-person for the program, Sheila spends her days building a community at the off-campus MPS program space and her nights making our local community a better place. She is an alumnus of Waterloo’s Honours B.A. program in Rhetoric and Professional Writing with an option in Speech Communications, Western’s M.A.
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Jordan Hughes

Alumnus - Class of 2016

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Kirstin Alleyne

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Joint Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Criminology and Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa
Co-op position: Junior Policy Analyst, Education Branch, Department of Indigenous Services Canada (formerly Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)

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Mathura Karunanithy

Alumnus - Class of 2015

Academic background: ​English, Religion, Women's Studies, ​University of Toronto
Co-op position: Research Assistant, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Rosemary McGowan

Associate Professor, Leadership (WLU-OB/HRM)

Dr. Rosemary A. McGowan is an Associate Professor in the Leadership Program at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford campus.  Dr. McGowan’s research explores organizational discourse and focuses on women in management, perceptions of employment equity, work and family/eldercare challenges, as well as managerial roles and identities. In addition, she has co-authored papers on the experiences of college transfer students attending university. She is a published case writer. Her teaching interests include leadership, organizational behaviour, project management, and organization theory.

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Rayeh

Rayeh Kashef Al-Ghetaa

Alumnus - Class of 2016

Academic Background: Political Science, McMaster University
Co-op position: Junior Business Analyst, eHealth Ontario

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Frank Denton

Advisory Group Member

Frank Denton is the CEO of the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, a regulatory body overseen by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Rachel Skinner

Rachel Skinner

Alumnus - Class of 2014

Academic background: Philosophy, Brock University
Co-op position: Policy Assistant, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Toronto (Government of Ontario)

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Ed Cabrera

Alumnus - Class of 2016

 

Current Position: Strategic Planning Analyst, Global Affairs Canada
Co-op position: Business Improvement Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Government & Consumer Services                                                           Academic background: Political Science & French, McMaster University

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Melvin Christopher

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Bachelor of Arts (honours), Political Science, Western University
Co-op position: Policy and Research Analyst, Open Government Office, Treasury Board Secretariat

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Shiffat Ahmed

Student

Academic background: ​Economics, Finance Specialization- International Studies option, ​University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Assistant Analyst, Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat

Alana Del Greco

Alumnus - Class of 2013

Current position: Policy Advisor, Municipal and Federal/Provincial Relations Section, Intergovernmental Relations and Partnerships Branch, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 
Co-op experience: Assistant Environmental Officer, Environmental Service Directorate, Public Works and Government Services Canada; Policy Assistant, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 
Academic background: History & Political Science (York University), Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto)

Niké

Niké Gichuru

Alumnus - Class of 2016

Current Position: Community Partnerships Specialists, Region of Peel 
Co-op Position: Business Intelligence Coordinator, Regional Municipality of Peel 
Academic Background: Political Science, International Relations & Global Governance, University of Waterloo 

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Rachel High

Student - Class of 2018

Academic background: Honours Double Major in Political Science & Sociology, McMaster University
Co-op position: Health Promotion Assistant, Region of Peel
 

Alumnus Cohen Langerak

Cohen Langerak

Alumnus - Class of 2013

Current position: Senior Business Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Co-op experience: Advisor, Science and Technology Branch, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
Academic background: Arts & Science, University of Guelph

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Erin Dessau

Alumnus - Class of 2016

Current position: Senior Research Advisor for Safety Policy and Education Branch, Ministry of Transportation
Co-op position: Research Assistant, Ontario Health Study
Academic Background: Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University

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Jasjeet Kiler

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Bachelors of Science, Health Sciences-Biology & Psychology, University of Toronto
Co-op position: Policy Analyst, Human Services Integration Office, Ministry of Community and Social Services

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Vydehi Kamalanathan

Alumnus - Class of 2015

Academic background: Arts and Business- History, Human Resources Specialization, University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Service Design & Transition Assistant, Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services 

Carl Zehr

Carl Zehr

Advisory Group member

Former mayor of the City of Kitchener


Keith Chau

Alumnus - Class of 2013

Current position: Senior Research Officer, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions - Canadian Heritage 
Co-op experience: Economic Research Assistant, Copyright and International Trade Policy, Canadian Heritage 
Academic background: Political Science & French, Western University

Julia

Julia Ali

Alumnus - Class of 2016

Academic background: History & Peace Studies, McMaster University
Co-op position: Health Promotion Assistant, Regional Municipality of Peel

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Sonal Patel

Student - Class of 2018

Academic background: Rhetoric and Professional Writing with a minor in Legal studies, University of Waterloo
​Co-op position: Policy Analyst, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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Navdeep Bains

Former Lecturer

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, P. C. served as a Member of Parliament for Mississauga Brampton South from 2004 to 2011. Navdeep has extensive parliamentary committee experience and in-depth knowledge of political party organizational structures.

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Sami Elfar

Alumnus - Class of 2017

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Harleen Kahlon

Student - Class of 2019

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Whitney Philippi

Alumnus - Class of 2015

Current position: Policy and Issues Analyst, Capital Policy and Programs Branch, Ministry of Education
Co-op experience: Junior Policy Analyst, ON Ministry of Education
Academic background: English, Trent University
 

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Michelle Di Fiore

Alumnus - Class of 2017

Academic background: University of Toronto (St. George), History & Political Science Specialization
Co-op position: Customer Experience Analyst, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Alumnus Amisha Patel

Amisha Patel

Alumnus - Class of 2013

Current position: Business Improvement Analyst, Health Performance and Accountability, Regional Municipality of Peel
Co-op experience: Student Coordinator, Volunteer Resources Team, Health Services; Evaluation Assistant, Health Performance and Accountability, Regional Municipality of Peel
Academic background: Criminology and Law, University of Toronto

Michelle

Michelle D'sa

Alumnus - Class of 2016

Academic background: Gender Studies & Political Science, Queen's University
Co-op position: Project Coordinator, Ericsson Canada  

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Stephanie Rempel

Student - Class of 2018

Academic background: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Development Studies and German, University of Winnipeg
Co-op position: Research Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure and Junior Trade Policy Officer, Global Affairs Canada

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John Johnston

Alumnus - Class of 2014

Current position: Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
Co-op experience: Organizational Effectiveness Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
Academic background: Communication Studies and Performing Arts, St. Lawrence University

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Christina Ajithkumar

Alumnus - Class of 2017

Academic background: Legal Studies, Arts & Business co-op, minor in Sociology, University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Analyst, Statistics Canada

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Kyla Mackenzie

Student - Class of 2019

Academic background: Bachelor of Arts, double major in English Literature/Law/Justice & minor in Philosophy, Laurentian University
Co-op position: Project Management Coordinator, Office of the Auditor General of Canada

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Janet Standen

Alumnus - Class of 2015

Current position: Records Clerk, City of Waterloo
Co-op experience: Junior Research/Policy Analyst, City of Waterloo
Academic background: Philosophy and Leadership Studies, University of New Brunswick

Khanh Dang

Khanh Dang

Alumnus - Class of 2014

After completing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Health Studies at McMaster University, Khanh Dang wasn’t exactly sure which career to pursue, but she knew she was interested in health policy.

Alumnus Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean

Alumnus - Class of 2013

Current career: Modern and Foreign Language Coordinator/Teacher, England
Co-op experience: Junior Program Officer, Environmental Stewardship Branch, Environment Canada; Student Leadership Program Assistant, Organizational and Human Development, University of Waterloo
Academic background: French, University of Waterloo

Emma

Emma Weel

Alumnus - Class of 2016

Academic background: Philosophy, Western University
Co-op position: Junior Policy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

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Paraniya Balakumar

Student - Class of 2018

Academic background: Bachelor of Science, Major in Neuroscience & Specialist in Psychology, University of Toronto
Co-op position: Policy and Research Assistant, Strategy and Innovation Branch, Environmental Services, York Region

MPS alumnus Jeff Bunn

Jeff Bunn

Alumnus - Class of 2014

Current position: Deputy Clerk, Town of Tillsonburg
Co-op experience: Committee Coordinator, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
​Academic background: Legal Studies, University of Waterloo

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Barrie Li

Alumnus - Class of 2017

Academic background: Classical Studies, Queen's University
Co-op position: Research Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Finance

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Alex Pontieri

Student - Class of 2019

Academic Background: Honours Double Major in Business & Political Science, University of Waterloo.
Co-op Position: Economic Analyst, Ministry of Finance.

Anindya Sen

Anindya Sen

Director; Professor (Economics)

Anindya Sen is a professor at the Department of Economics where he has taught since 1998 and is the current director of Master of the Public Service program.

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Belqies Hamidzada

Alumnus - Class of 2013

Current position: Policy Officer, Sport Canada, Canadian Heritage
Co-op experience: Analyst-Researcher, Industry Canada 
Academic background: Political Science, University of Toronto

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Alumnus - Class of 2012
Congratulations to Matthew Johnson, MPS Class of 2012, who recently began the City of Windsor's new Economic Development Officer position.

Tracy Suerich

Tracy Suerich

Alumnus - Class of 2014

Current position: Program Coordinator, Waterloo Public Square, City of Waterloo
Academic background: Theatre Technical Production, Ryerson University

Lise

Lise Kay

Alumnus - Class of 2012

Current position: Policy Analyst, Fisheries and Oceans Canada  
Co-op experience: Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada 
Academic background: Arts and Science, University of Guelph

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Leah Myers

Advisory Group Member

Leah Myers is the appointed Assistant Deputy Minster responsible for income security and pension policy at the Ontario Ministry of Finance. 

Frankie Condon

Frankie Condon

Associate Professor (English Language and Literature)
Dr. Condon completed her BFA at York University in Theatre (Performing Arts, Honours), her MA at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD at the University at Albany (State University of New York). Prior to her arrival at the University of Waterloo, she taught at Siena College in Loudonville New York, St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Condon's primary area of interest lies within the field of Composition and Rhetoric or Writing Studies.   
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Ryan Kleinau

Student - Class of 2017

Academic background: Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management, Minor in Law, Carleton University
Co-op position: Constituency Assistant to the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for the riding of Waterloo 

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Jessica Barber

Alumnus - Class of 2018

Angela

Angela V. Carter

Assistant Professor (Political Science)

Dr. Carter researches comparative environmental policy regimes surrounding oil developments in key oil-dependent cases (primary Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan, as well as American cases). This research is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Strategic Research Grant entitled "The Environmental Assessment Processes of Canadian 'Frontier' Oil and Gas" with Dr. Gail Fraser and Dr. Anna Zalik at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Read Angela Carter's full profile.

Ben

Ben Schnitzer

Alumnus - Class of 2012

Current position: Senior Policy Analyst, Periodical Programs Directorate, Canadian Heritage 
Co-op experience: Policy Analyst, Canadian Heritage
Academic background: Music, University of Manitoba 

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

Alumnus - Class of 2012

Kate Ryan has long been drawn to education.

At first, she wanted to be a teacher. While studying toward her degree in history at the University of Windsor, she volunteered at her old high school. She soon realized the profession wasn’t for her, but her passion for education remained.