Hasti Almasi
Class of 2018
Title: Business Support Analyst – Financial Institutions
Company: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

I obtained my MPIA at Glendon in 2018. I have worked at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for just over 3 years, where I started as part of the MPIA co-op requirement. My 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. My areas of interest include gender equity, refugee/migrant rights, youth leadership, civil society organizations and stakeholder relations. In my spare time, I enjoy creative writing, dance, live music, and films.

Claire Bigand
Class of 2018
Title:
Arctic Officer for the Canadian International Arctic Centre
Company:
 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 alumni to spread the bilingualism’s power to build bridges and to integrate what she learned into her everyday life. Watch Claire’s testimonial!

Desiré Birukundi
Class of 2017
Title:
Immigration Services Advisor
Company:
Federal Government of Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

I am currently working as an immigration and settlement consultant in the Peel-Halton region and I am grateful to the MPIA program and the Centre for Forced Migration Studies at York University as they helped me 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 me as I 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 I developed during my three years in the MPIA program will be useful to me throughout my career in immigration and refugee policy. As a result, I am thankful for having had the opportunity to be part of this program that I am proud to represent as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Madalina Chesoi
Class of 2015
Title: 
Analyst
Company:
 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 Delivré
Class of 2018
Title: 
Project Officer
Company:
 UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning

I graduated from the Double-Degree MPIA programme at Glendon and IEP Strasbourg in 2018. I was offered a consultant position immediately following graduation at the UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, based in Paris, where I had done an internship earlier in 2018 within the R&D team. Although I only started working as a full-time member on the R&D  team a few months ago, I’ve already had rare opportunities to participate in some very interesting things in the context of our research on SDGs, education and cities. After months spent defining and revising research tools and our analytical framework, with a small team of experts, we just launched our pilot on the field early December 2018 – my 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. I am deeply grateful for the important role the double-degree MPIA programme with Strasbourg played in the opportunities that presented themselves both during and after my studies.

Christine 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 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 Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Maryam Monsef. 

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

I started the MPIA program in 2016 having just completed my Bachelors Degree at Queen’s University in French Studies and Commerce. During my Master’s Degree I spent one semester abroad at SciencePo Strasbourg. I had the opportunity to complete my co-op term at Defence Research Development Canada and I was fortunate enough to be bridge into a full time position after graduation. I am enjoying living in our nation’s capital and exploring what Ottawa has to offer.

Ellouise McGeachie
Class of 2018
Title: Marketing and Communications – Proposal Manager
Company: G4S Secure Solutions
 
Ellouise has her Bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature and Communications (double-major) from York and completed the MPIA program in 2018. She is passionate about current events, privacy and surveillance, and international affairs. In her spare time, Ellouise enjoys traveling, music, and reading. 

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

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

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