Call for applications: Action Canada Fellowship

Action Canada is now seeking applications from emerging Canadian leaders for our 2015/16 fellowship year. The application deadline is February 13, 2015.

Each year, Action Canada selects up to 20 outstanding young Canadians to participate in our 11-month leadership development program.

Action Canada enhances Fellows’ leadership skills, broadens their understanding of Canada and its policy choices, and is building an exceptional network of leaders for our future. The program revolves around five intensive, five-to-eight-day working conferences (scheduled around weekends) held across Canada.

For more information, visit the Action Canada website:

IPAC New Professionals Workshop 2014: November 10

New Professionals Workshop: Tackling Complex Problems Through Innovative Solutions
November 10th, 2014 – Ontario Room, Mowat Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto

This one-day workshop is designed to merge professional development and networking, with contributions from innovative leaders in the public sector, academia, the non-profit and the private sector.

Among the topics that will be presented are gamification, the activities of the MaRS Solutions Lab, and tempered radicals and institutional entrepreneurs. The keynote speaker for the workshop – Ms. Zahra Ebrahim – encapsulates the innovative and creative message of our workshop. Zahra is the Principal and Founder of archiTEXT; she is an internationally recognized innovator who uses design thinking as a mechanism for creative problem solving.

Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference

The application deadline for the ninth Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference is in just two weeks – September 30 is the final day to apply.

The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference was created to broaden the perspectives of future leaders in business, unions and public administration so that their decisions are based on a practical understanding of the influence of their organizations on the general welfare of the community.

Members of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference come from different regions of Canada, different perspectives and different careers. All members share one thing in common: they are high potential individuals expected to achieve senior leadership positions in their organizations and communities.

The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference is designed to pack the most intense experiences of life in Canadian industry and community into a unique 2-week event.

Thank you to donors of the David Peterson Scholarship fund

The School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) Alumni Network has received a letter  of thanks from Mark Stabile, the Director of SPPG, for its contribution in 2013-14 to the David Peterson Scholarship.

The 2013-14 SPPG Alumni Network Executive could not have made this contribution without the foundation laid by the 2012-13 Executive and their volunteers, including Vasiliki Bednar, Anna-Maria Cappella, André Côté, Viola Dessanti, Jane Hilderman, Jacob Mksyartinian, Kaleb Ruch, and Samantha Young.

The SPPG Alumni Network Executive would like to share this thanks with all those who participated and made contributions in order to raise scholarship funds for an SPPG student.

This donation to the David Peterson Scholarship will support an SPPG student’s participation in an international learning opportunity, or an international or domestic policy internship with a non-profit organization that is unable to provide compensation for an internship. When the Scholarship is granted, the SPPG Alumni Network will be recognized as a donor.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the SPPG Alumni Network,

2014-15 SPPG Alumni Network Executive

New Jobs: UNICEF, Ministry of Health, Federation of Canada Municipalities

Policy Specialist, UNICEF. Apply by July 14.

The Policy Specialist is responsible for supporting UNICEF Canada’s leadership and authority on children’s rights through activities that advance the rights of Canada’s children. The responsibility broadly includes supporting and collaborating with the Director and the Chief Advisor of UNICEF Canada’s domestic policy team.

Policy Analyst, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Apply by July 16.

Do you have talents in research, analysis and written communications and an interest in primary health care?

Use your project management and policy skills to good effect in this great opportunity supporting Ontario’s primary health care system.

Program Manager, Building Resilient and Inclusive Communities Program, Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Apply by June 30.

In collaboration with Latin America-based field office personnel, the BRIC Program Manager will assist with the start-up and implementation of BRIC. S/he will implement the day-to-day Canada-based components of BRIC including developing and maintaining municipal and related networks in Canada, facilitating the development of a roster of Canadian and other experts (municipal volunteers, consultants, retirees and interns).

Alumni Network Executive Election

Hello SPPGers,

After a wonderful Alumni Network Meeting, it is time to vote on the Alumni Network Executive for the 2014-15 year. This year, 4 positions were acclaimed, and we congratulate them on their new roles:

Vice-Chair (Communications) – Heather Paszat

Vice-Chair (Connections) – Andrew Perez
Vice-Chair (Events) – Loulia Kochaji
Vice-Chair (Operations) – Max Greenwald
Two positions, Chair and Vice-Chair (Finance), are contested and will be up for election.
The candidates for Chair are Leonardo Tovar and Thomas Vogl and the candidates for Vice-Chair (Finance) are Thomas Vogl and Jose Javier Iguiñiz Romero. The candidates’ biographies/statements and voting information have been sent to Network members via email. If you haven’t received it, email
Happy voting everyone!

New Jobs: Tim Horton’s, CAHO, Ryerson

Government Relations Specialist, Tim Horton’s.

This role is a key member of the Regulatory Affairs team with a focus on government affairs. Reporting to the Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, this position is responsible for the coordination, preparation execution of various activities within the Government Affairs team. 

Policy Advisor, Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO). Apply by June 13.

Reporting to the Director, Policy and Member Relations, this senior level Policy Advisor will bring exceptional quantitative and qualitative analysis, research, project management and communication skills to this role.

Projects Manager, Institute for Privacy and Big Data, Ryerson University. Apply ASAP.

The Project Manager manages, reports and operates various projects from development to implementation stage. Plans, executes and implements all aspects of a project within agreed budget, specifications and timelines, and manages client-team relationships. Develops new project proposals in this area, as required.