Alumni Network Mentorship Program

Thank you to all alumni who signed up to mentor a second-year SPPG student–we really appreciate your involvement!

Please don’t forget to register for the Mentorship Program launch event, which will take place at SPPG on February 5th at 6PM:

You will have a chance to meet your mentee(s) and hear from our guest speaker, RBC’s Paul Yeung, over snacks.

If you have any questions about the Alumni Network’s Mentorship Program, please contact us at sppg.alumni (at)

We look forward to seeing you at the launch!

New Job: Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC)

Senior Manager, Research and Statistics, Investment Funds Institute of Canada. Apply ASAP.

Corporate overview

The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) is the trade association and voice of Canada’s investment funds industry. Founded in 1962, our members are fund managers, distributors and industry service organizations.

IFIC’s Research and Statistics Department is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in the creation and communication of research and the maintenance and enhancement of statistics in support of the Institute`s role as representative voice of the investment funds industry.

Job description

We are looking for a high energy individual with excellent analytical, writing, presentation and management skills interested in taking on a policy-related research and leadership role. Reporting to the Director of Research and Statistics, the Senior Manager, Research and Statistics is responsible for the creation, direction, execution and dissemination of research related to the policy objectives of the Institute, and the collection, dissemination, communication and enhancement of the Institute’s mutual funds statistics.


  • Develop and implement a detailed research plan to support key Institute strategic positions;
  • Contribute to the development, in conjunction with industry committees and policy staff, of policy positions, technical submissions, proposals and strategies;
  • Provide evidence-based materials and discussion documents for policy discussions with regulators, member associations, and other associations;
  • Manage external parties conducting research on behalf of the Institute;
  • Review, analyze and provide commentary on domestic and global academic and public opinion research on industry-related topics;
  • Actively contribute to the development and execution of communication plans for all research;
  • Serve as research spokesperson for public presentations, media interviews and briefings of key stakeholders;
  • Manage the Institute’s collection, dissemination and communication of mutual fund sales statistics;
  • Look for opportunities to enhance the statistical data points, and respond effectively to member needs and requests;
  • Raise the level of awareness and understanding of Institute staff regarding sales trends and all factors that influence fund flows;
  • Manage the Institute’s outside suppliers on any statistical matters;
  • Identify and develop opportunities to leverage internal and external databases;
  • Provide effective direct staff liaison support to IFIC committees;
  • Ensure all committees related to statistics and research are provided with appropriate work plans, agendas and secretariat services;
  • Provide direction and leadership to direct reports, including the creation of objectives, and staff reviews; and
  • Develop a network of and engage in regular dialogue with counterparts at regulatory organizations, trade associations and other stakeholders.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in policy-making arm of government, financial services association, research organization or think tank, relating to the development of policy for financial services, preferably in the investment funds industry.
  • Excellent research, analytical and communication skills.
  • Persuasive presentation skills – must demonstrate capabilities as a media spokesperson and effective public speaker.
  • Creative problem solver with ability to take a proactive and creative approach.
  • Experienced team leader who involves, coaches and develops others
  • Effective project management skills to strongly guide and complete projects on time.
  • Graduate degree in a related area such as Economics, Political Science, or Business, or Law degree meeting requirements to practice.
  • In depth knowledge of the investment funds and/or securities industry.
  • Knowledge of French an asset

Please send your resume and covering letter to: 

Jan Medland


and reference “IFIC Research Position” in the subject line.

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).