Rajmeet Virk

Rajmeet Virk
Current MPIA Student

Rajmeet is currently in her first year of the MPIA program after having obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, French and Communications at Simon Fraser University in 2017. Before starting her Master’s degree, she worked at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for two years in various positions. Her areas of interest include gender equality and diversity, as well as human rights and humanitarian intervention. She is grateful for the opportunities the MPIA program provides – most notably the class trip to the UNGA in New York – and she am excited to see what opportunities may come post-graduation!

Allison O'NeilAllison O’Neil
Current MPIA Student

Allison is a first year MPIA student from Montreal. Her research focuses on the portrayal of Indigenous issues by Canada’s major political parties. Before starting at Glendon, she worked for two years at the Kyoto City Board of Education in Japan as a language teacher. She completed her bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of British Columbia in 2015.


Hasti AlmasiHasti Almasi
Class of 2018
Title: Specialist, Policy Analysis (Federal-Provincial-Territorial & Indigenous Housing Policy)
Company: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Hasti obtained her MPIA at Glendon in 2018. She has worked for the federal government at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation since 2016, where she started as part of the MPIA co-op requirement in the summer. Her background is in international development, having lived and worked in the Caribbean (Barbados), consulting with organizations such as the Caribbean Policy Development Centre and UN Women/UNDP Caribbean. Hasti specializes in subject matter related to housing, disability and women’s rights. Her additional areas of interest include gender equity, anti-racism, refugee/migrant rights, Indigenous rights & Reconciliation, capacity building and multilateral diplomacy and negotiation. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing, dance, live music, and films.

Claire BigandClaire Bigand
Class of 2018
Arctic Officer for the Canadian International Arctic Centre
 Global Affairs, Oslo

Claire has developed a keen interest in Arctic research, Indigenous Peoples rights, innovation and international relations in the domain of public affairs. She believes that it is her role as a recent alumnus to spread bilingualism’s power to build bridges and to integrate what she learned into her everyday life. Watch Claire’s testimonial here!

Desiré BirukundiDesiré Birukundi
Class of 2017
Immigration Services Advisor
Federal Government of Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Desiré is currently working as an immigration and settlement consultant in the Peel-Halton region and is grateful to the MPIA program and the Centre for Forced Migration Studies at York University as they helped him to be well equipped in the area of national and international regimes related to immigration and refugee problems in Canada and elsewhere in the world. The advanced seminar of the MPIA programme has been a highlight for him as he was able to successfully present an alternative public policy in relation to immigration and post-migration mental health problems of refugees in Ontario. The public problem analyst function that he developed during his three years in the MPIA program will be useful throughout his career in immigration and refugee policy. As a result, he is thankful to have the opportunity to be part of this program and is proud to represent as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Madalina ChesoiMadalina Chesoi
Class of 2015
 Library of Parliament

Since graduating in 2015, Madalina has had the opportunity to work on Parliament Hill. She is currently an analyst at the Library of Parliament, specializing mostly on migration questions. She highly enjoys the variety of the work requested and appreciates the numerous opportunities to contribute to different projects and work with colleagues in other divisions. In her daily tasks, she uses her critical thinking skills as well as her knowledge of the machinery of government to analyze and propose policy options. She enjoyed her time at the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs because the master program offered a lot of flexibility in its curriculum and encouraged students to find a co-op placement that’s pertinent to the student’s professional development. She also appreciated the size of the cohort and the support received from the professors and administrative staff.

Aletheia DelivréAletheia Delivré
Class of 2018
Project Officer
 UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning

Aletheia graduated from the Double-Degree MPIA programme at Glendon and IEP Strasbourg in 2018. She was offered a consultant position immediately following graduation at the UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, based in Paris, where she had done an internship earlier in 2018 within the R&D team. Although she only started working as a full-time member on the R&D team a few months prior, she already had rare opportunities to participate in some very interesting things in the context of research on SDGs, education and cities. After months spent defining and revising research tools and our analytical framework, with a small team of experts, they launched a pilot on the field early December 2018 – her first official UNESCO mission to the north of France – with approval from UNESCO to take the programme international in 2019-2020. The official online launch was live in late December, on the UNESCO-IIEP web page, Twitter and LinkedIn. She is deeply grateful for the important role the double-degree MPIA programme with Strasbourg played in the opportunities that presented themselves both during and after her studies.

Christine EbrahimChristine Ebrahim
Class of 2018
Title: Communications Officer
Company: Canada Gazette – Public Services and Procurement Canada

Christine obtained her Masters in Public and International Affairs at Glendon in June 2018. Her research focused on the failure of diplomacy in Syria since 2011. Before starting her Master’s degree, she worked as a Canadian Diplomat for the Department of Global Affairs. She is passionate about the Middle East and is currently working for the official newspaper of the Government of Canada (The Canada Gazette). 

Michelle GallantMichelle Gallant
Class of 2011
Title: Senior Policy Advisor
Company:Ontario Public Service, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Species Conservation Policy Branch, Species at Risk and Biodiversity Protection Section
Michelle takes great pride and appreciation in being a public servant and for having the privilege to be immersed daily in the deliberation, development, and advancement of public policy to resolve environmental challenges and support government mandates. Michelle is a former journalist and graduated from the MPIA as a member of the 2011 class. Michelle is active in her local community, including as co-founder of a citizen’s group called ‘Reimagine Peterborough’ that advocates for improved public engagement and policy outcomes in Peterborough’s Official Plan review, and in supporting women becoming involved in politics. In 2018, Michelle was a recipient of the Peterborough-Kawartha Women’s Leadership Award presented by then-Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Maryam Monsef. 

Michelle HudonMichelle Hudon
Class of 2018
Title: External Relations Officer
Company: Ministry of National Defense

Michelle started the MPIA program in 2016 after having completed her Bachelors Degree at Queen’s University in French Studies and Commerce. During her Master’s Degree she spent one semester abroad at SciencesPo Strasbourg. She had the opportunity to complete her co-op term at Defense Research Development Canada and was fortunate enough to be bridge into a full-time position after graduation. She is currently enjoying living in the nation’s capital and exploring what Ottawa has to offer.

Erin PaquetteErin Paquette
Class of 2016
Title: Project Coordinator, Policy & Strategic Research Department
Company: Legal Aid Ontario   

Erin graduated form the MPIA in 2016. Over the course of her second year at Glendon, she had the opportunity to study abroad at SciencesPo in Paris. After graduating, she began working for Legal Aid Ontario, an organization funded by the Ministry of Justice. Through her work, she has had the chance to work on projects touching on varying fields of law. She uses her analytical abilities to summarize facts, legal arguments and grant applications. She is consistently using the political knowledge acquired throughout the MPIA program; such as policies that affect First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. In addition, she is able to use her analytical skills, communication and project coordination competencies acquired through the weekly Capstone seminar at Glendon.

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