Current position: Special Advisor Community Engagement, City of Hamilton
Co-op experience: Assistant Environmental Planner, City of Hamilton
Academic background: Political Science, McMaster University
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
Academic background: English, Religion, Women's Studies, University of Toronto
Co-op position: Research Assistant, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Academic Background: Political Science, McMaster University
Co-op position: Junior Business Analyst, eHealth Ontario
Academic background: Philosophy, Brock University
Co-op position: Policy Assistant, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Toronto (Government of Ontario)
Academic background: Economics, Finance Specialization- International Studies option, University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Assistant Analyst, Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
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)
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
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
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
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
Academic background: History & Peace Studies, McMaster University
Co-op position: Health Promotion Assistant, Regional Municipality of Peel
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.
Academic background: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Wilfrid Laurier University
Co-op positions: Safety Research Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Assistant Project Officer, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
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
Academic background: University of Toronto (St. George), History & Political Science Specialization
Co-op position: Customer Experience Analyst, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
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
Academic background: Gender Studies & Political Science, Queen's University
Co-op position: Project Coordinator, Ericsson Canada
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
Academic background: Legal Studies, Arts & Business co-op, minor in Sociology, University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Analyst, Statistics Canada
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.
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
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.
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
Academic background: Philosophy, Western University
Co-op position: Junior Policy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Academic background: Classical Studies, Queen's University
Co-op position: Research Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Finance
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.
Current position: Policy Analyst, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Co-op experience: Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
Academic background: Arts and Science, University of Guelph
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
Louise Chaput is a language teacher specializing in phonetics. She is currently working on the publication of a didactic manual. Another of her fields of interest is the study of Micmac language (Amerindian language). She is the co-author of two books: Décourverte et communication et Invitation à écrire.
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.
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
Academic background: Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University
Co-op position: Research Assistant, Ontario Health Study
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
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.
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
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.
Current employer: Service Canada, British Columbia
Academic Background: Political Science, Simon Fraser University
Academic background: Political Science, Bishop's University
Co-op position: Research Intern, Niagara Parks Commission
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
Academic background: Global Development & Gender Studies, Queen’s University
Co-op position: Research & Insights Analyst, Toronto Transit Commission
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.
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
Academic background: Economics, minor in Management Studies, University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Service Delivery and User Experience Officer, Canadian Heritage
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