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Bruce M. Hicks

on Ottawa Citizen - October 5, 2015


A. Alan Borovoy

1932 - 2015


Eugene Lang

Conference: Building A Better Canada

Thursday March 26 - Saturday 28, 2015

Bruce M. Hicks

Conference: Senate Reform in Canada

Going Boldly Where No Senate has Gone Before?

Friday March 13 - Saturday March 14, 2015

Bruce M. Hicks

on CBC radio - March 12, 2015

Eugene Lang wrote for:

The Star

"We need new thinking to meet Canada's new challenges"

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"Monetarism is dead, finally"

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"What Keystone XL pipeline means to Barack Obama"

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"Canada's messy way of going to war"

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Bruce Hicks wrote for:

Ottawa Citizen

"Lessons for Canada in how the UK appoints judges"

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The Star

"How to reform the Senate in as little as one year's time"

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Director Alex Himelfarb Named to Top 25 Influential People List

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Deadline for Fall 2015 applications: February 11, 2015

Bob RAE, former Premier of Ontario

John McCALLUM, former Minister of National Defence

and former Chief Economist, Royal Bank

Kevin PAGE, former Parliamentary Budget Officer

Recent 2013-14 guests have included:

Mr. David Mulroney, Mr. Dominique Wolton, Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, Dr. Clayton Ruby, Amb. Marie-Anne Coninsx, Mr. Paul Heinbecker, Ms. Marie-Lucie Morin, Senator David Smith, Mr. Robert Calderisi, Ms. Marianne McLean, Mr. Tony Giles, Mr. Craig Scott, Mr. Irvin Studin, Mr. Eric Morse.


Alex Himelfarb, GSPIA and CGC Director, Official Blog:



Master’s program in Public and International Affairs (MPIA)

Prospective Students

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Welcome Message

“My colleagues and I would like to welcome you warmly to the School of Public and International Affairs. You will find here a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment, as well as exciting career opportunities both at home and abroad.

The School's young and dynamic Faculty members are active researchers in their fields with expertise in a wide variety of areas including immigration and refugee policy, the environment, international development, health systems, citizen participation, and issues of governance at all levels.

Our students come from diverse academic backgrounds. All are bilingual; some speak three or more languages. Many have spent time abroad either on exchange or in some professional capacity. Some have already acquired valuable work experience in government, the media, or community service. We are especially proud of this rich diversity and wish to build on it by making available to them an array of internships as well as exchanges with sister programmes in Quebec and abroad.

Thanks among others to the Director of the School, students have direct contact with leading public figures in Canadian and international life. The School therefore offers a unique opportunity for expanding one's horizons. We are confident that you will find your time at the School an unforgettable experience. "

Roberto Perin

Graduate Programme Director


Our Program

Housed within Canada’s first bilingual School of Public and International Affairs, our program offers a unique, high-quality bilingual education that prepares students for leadership roles in public life. Through this two-year degree, they will become well versed not only in public policy and administration, but in public affairs — a broader examination of Canadian public institutions and the domestic and international settings in which they function.
The program will equip them with the skills to analyze the key challenges in Canadian public life, place Canada’s public institutions in their global content, apply the core knowledge and tools of public management and policy, and work effectively in both official languages.

Our program is unique in Canada, building on four fundamental dimensions which respond to critical needs of public life:

1. Public Affairs. Students will develop an understanding of how the processes of policy-making and public management are shaped by structures and forces beyond the public sector. They will examine how public decision-making is led and constrained by economic processes and actors. They will also look at the relationship between state structures and civil society, exploring the emergence of new forms of governance that transcend state and civil society.

2. Bilingualism. Key to the program is graduating fully bilingual leaders. There is a strong presence of both Anglophones and Francophones among the student body. Studentsl pursue their studies in English and French. All professors and personnel are bilingual. Guest lectures, colloquia, and seminars are conducted also in both official languages. Student exchanges to partner universities further strengthen the bilingualism of students. This focus responds to demands from federal and provincial governments for fully bilingual leaders and public service employees.

3. Interdisciplinarity. The program draws upon several disciplines and areas including Canadian Studies, Economics, History, International Studies, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. Only an interdisciplinary approach can capture the wealth of interrelationships at play within our understanding of public affairs.

4. International context. The curriculum places Canadian public institutions in their international context. For instance, students will explore how public decision-making is structured by international economic and social forces.They will analyze how the Canadian state functions within an international system of state structures and international organizations, through which public goods and issues increasingly are conceived on a global basis. It is critical that future public leaders comprehend these international processes of change, and can develop the appropriate strategies.

Program Highlights

  • Canada’s first bilingual Master’s program in public and international affairs.

  • A small, specialized program ensuring close interaction with professors who are experts in their fields.

  • A solid preparation for leadership positions within governmental organizations at the federal, provincial, and local levels; non-governmental organizations; public affairs journalism; and business-government relations.

  • An internship component with a governmental or non-governmental organization.

  • A university exchange opportunity within Canada or abroad.

  • A continuation of Glendon’s proud tradition of preparing future bilingual leaders for public life.

  • A bilingual campus in a picturesque setting in midtown Toronto.



School of Public and International Affairs Glendon Campus, York University
2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3M6 T: 416 487 6706 F: 416 487 6786