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Aryana Ashrafi
Program Year
: One
Hometown
: North Vancouver, BC
Previous Degree
: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Minor in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Studies from UBC
Previous experience
: As an undergraduate, Aryana’s interest in public policy grew from her lived experiences, political science studies, and volunteer roles with equity-seeking groups. Most recently, she had the opportunity to work with Transport Canada in a Junior Analyst position, working on files to advance marine safety initiatives.
Areas of policy interest
: Environmental and Social Policy — more specifically, how marginalized groups are affected by these policy areas.

Sydney Belford
Program Year:
One
Previous Degree: Combined Honours in International Development Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies, Minor in Philosophy, Dalhousie University
Work & Volunteer Experience: In my most recent position I conducted a provincial needs analysis and developed educational materials for staff competency training in 2SLGBTQIA+ senior care within long-term care homes. During my undergraduate I completed a placement with the Nova Scotian chapter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; as well as, held positions within the non-profit sector on community issues related to employment equity, service access, food sovereignty, security and justice, and sensible campus drug policy.
Areas of Policy Interest: Social Policy, Housing Policy, Drug Policy, Child and Family Wellbeing, Rural Policy

Kristen Belsher
Program Year: One
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, University of British Columbia
Work Experience: Since graduating from the University of British Columbia, I have been working for the Canada Border Services Agency in the Enforcement and Intelligence Division. Previously, I worked as a Junior Policy Analyst at the Public Health Agency in Ottawa. While pursuing my undergraduate degree at UBC, I volunteered as an Ambassador and Mentor at Go Global, UBC’s exchange program, and as a Junior Policy Analyst for the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation, where my research focused on Multilateral Affairs within the Climate Change Branch. I continue to volunteer as a Senior Editor for Spheres of Influence, a digital publication dedicated to analyzing issues in international relations.
Areas of Policy Interest: Immigration Policy, Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Environmental and Climate Policy, Social Policy

Lucas Bjorgan
Program Year: One
Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Studies, Concentration in Asian Studies, Minor in History; University of Regina
Work Experience: After convocation in 2019 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work for two years with the Miyazaki City Board of Education in Miyazaki, Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher, where I gained valuable insight into the inner workings of another society's public service. My role included both teaching English in various classroom settings and contributing to local internationalization efforts in Miyazaki Prefecture. During my undergraduate studies I worked in the University of Regina's Information Technology, Audio-Visual Services, and International departments, worked with international students, and volunteered in various capacities for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Areas of Policy Interest: Foreign Policy, Trade Policy, Infrastructure Policy, Technology and Innovation Policy

Callie Bouchard
Program Year:
One
Hometown:
Winnipeg, MB
Previous Degree:
Advanced BA in Anthropology, minoring in Biology; University of Manitoba
Previous Experience:
I have varied academic, work and volunteer experience. Between these three areas, I have developed valuable skills and perspectives. My pre-pandemic volunteering with the Bear Clan in Winnipeg fueled my interest in public policy, as well as relations between GOs, NGOs, and policies that directly impact low-income communities. Moreover, I recognize that critical comprehension of GO and NGO operations, support of grassroots-level organizing, and direct involvement with communities are essential in gaining a comprehensive view of community lives in the public policy sphere. I believe my varied background and holistic analytical approach towards local and global issues will be valuable in the MPP program.
Areas of Policy Interest:
Environment and Sustainability, Indigenous Governance and Climate Justice, Health and Social policy

Elise Buckley
Program Year:
 Two
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Honours Major in English Literature and Minor in French; University of British Columbia
Work Experience: I have four years of work experience with Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization that supports innovation in Canada via research and training programs. As a Programs Specialist at Mitacs, I coordinated international research awards for students and postdoctoral fellows, ensuring smooth program operations. After 3 years, I progressed to Senior Programs Specialist, taking on additional responsibilities and developing strong project management skills. My time at Mitacs also served to expose me to Canadian education and innovation policy as well as policy implementation. Prior to working at Mitacs, I taught English in Cahors, France for 8 months. As an undergraduate student, I completed an 8-month co-op term as a Research Assistant for the Copyright & International Trade Policy Branch of Canadian Heritage, where I engaged in forward-looking policy research.
Areas of Policy Interest: environmental policy, food policy, Indigenous rights, social policy

Justin Carmichael
Program Year: Two
Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta
Previous Degree(s): BA Political Science, SFU
Work Experience: Justin completed an internship at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver, working for both the U.S. Department of State and Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service as the commercial economic statecraft intern, applying his knowledge of Canadian and BC politics to completing projects, research, and cables for the two departments. Justin also previously worked in IT at the SFU Bookstore, before assuming his current role as Government Relations Coordinator in the Office of the Vice-President, External Relations at SFU. In his current role, Justin assists the SFU executive in outreach activities with all levels of government, research on key government and internal SFU initiatives, and assists in government-planned events that take place at any one of the three SFU campuses.

Treena Chambers
Program Year:
Two
Previous Degree(s): BA, International Studies, Simon Fraser University
Work Experience: Treena is a Métis scholar who has worked as a union organizer, bookseller, and researcher. She has worked on the categorization and digitization of archival materials on projects such as The People and The Text and as well she has worked with the Indigenous Voices Awards and the Indigenous Literary Studies Association.
Areas of Policy Interest: Social Policy, Criminal Justice Policy, Indigenous Governance, and Foreign Policy.

Christy Chan
Program Year: One
Hometown: Calgary AB
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts, major in Sociology and minor in Development Studies
Work Experience: One of the most inspiring experiences is my work with local non-profits, such as the Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA). I worked as a Brand Ambassador with RCA to establish an in-depth understanding of Alberta's renewable resource sector. The role allowed me to critically examine the impacts of human waste on the environment and on certain marginalized demographics. In addition, I volunteered with YWCalgary and Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association as an English Language facilitator.
Area of Policy Interest: The merge of environmental, food security, and social policy.

Liam Daher
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Conc.: Accounting; Minor: Economics, Carleton University
Work Experience: Liam’s work experience includes roles with the federal government, in the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, the not-for-profit sector, with the Business and Higher Education Roundtable, and the post-secondary environment as a Teaching Assistant at Carleton University. His most recent role with the Business and Higher Education Roundtable saw him managing the claim submission and reporting process for the organization’s federally funded Work Integrated Learning (WIL) initiative, which aims to create 44,000 WIL experiences annually across Canada by 2022.
Areas of Policy Interest: Economic Policy, Climate and Environmental Policy, Social Policy, Health Policy and Foreign Policy

Claire Davies
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Honours with Distinction) – Global Development Studies major, French studies minor – Queen’s University
Work Experience: I have worked for organizations such as Environment and Climate Change Canada, the United Nation Development Program, and Patchwork Gardens Organic Farm. Most recently, I was a Policy Analyst with Transport Canada where I worked on files related to climate change adaptation for Canadian northern transportation systems.
Areas of Policy Interest: Environment, Climate Change, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Human Rights, and Trade Policy

Rebecca Demyen
Program Year: One
Hometown: Regina, SK
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics with Minor in Sociology, SFU
Work Experience: I chose the MPP program due to my interest in driving societal change through policy. My interest in economic and social policy developed following my experiences working in pharmaceuticals, banking, and telecommunications. In each of these fields I observed discriminatory and exclusionary policies that alienated marginalized populations, feeding my desire to find opportunities to develop inclusionary policies that strive for equal opportunities for Canadians. Witnessing heat waves and record-breaking fire seasons becoming increasingly perennial events here in BC, I believe environmental policy requires significant improvement to sustain our natural environments.
Areas of Policy Interest: Economic Policy, Environmental Policy, and Social Policy

 

Joeveen Dhari
Program Year: One
Hometown: Richmond, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of British Columbia
Work Experience: Joeveen is joining the MPP Program after two years of working at lululemon. She is currently employed as a member of the digital engagement team where she monitors social trends and inspires user engagement. Joeveen was recently chosen to join lululemon’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action) residency program as part of the Building an Inclusive Brand cohort.  In this role, she gained experience in analyzing stakeholder engagement at a global level and built frameworks to support equity and inclusion internally. She has since brought this knowledge back to her home team, where she leads workshops, panel discussions and regularly acts as an IDEA consultant. Joeveen has also held various internship positions with organizations such as BC Civil Liberties Association and Amnesty International Vancouver.
Areas of Policy Interest: Environmental Racism, Social Corporate Responsibility, and Indigenous Rights

Miguel Antonio D. Dicen
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Economics (with Distinction), Business Minor, University of Victoria, BC
Work Experience: Miguel is joining the MPP Program straight from completing his Bachelor’s Degree. Having lived and studied in various countries in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and North American regions has exposed Miguel to various cultures and forms of government which inspired him to pursue a graduate degree in public policy.
Volunteer Experience: While completing his undergraduate studies, Miguel was an acting Treasurer and co-founder of the University of Victoria (UVic) Investment Club. He, likewise, participated in the annual Public Policy competition held in 2019 at UVic where his team won second place.
Areas of Policy Interest: International Development, Environment, Social Services, International Trade

Gabrielle Feldmann
Program Year:
One
Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Previous Degrees: Joint Honours BSocSc in Public Administration and Political Science, University of Ottawa
Work Experience: Gabrielle has held positions across the policymaking nexus. She is a recent alumnus of the Parliamentary Internship Programme, where she experienced policy-making at the political level. Previously, she has held policy and research roles in the federal government at Women and Gender Equality Canada, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and Public Services and Procurement Canada. In the non-government sector, she has held research roles at the Public Policy Forum and as a volunteer at Samara Canada.
Areas of Interest: social policy; financial policy; health policy.

Cara Fogliato 
Program Year: Two
Hometown: Coquitlam, BC
Previous Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a Minor in Development & Sustainability, Simon Fraser University
Work Experience: I began my career in the public service as a Co-op student in 2015 with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. After graduation I was bridged into the Department and eventually transferred to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for a promotional opportunity. For the last three years, I have been working for DFO as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Regional Director General. In my current role, I provide advice and process recommendations to Executives and other Senior Management, manage Executive-level correspondence and briefings and provide a liaison function between the Deputy Minister’s Office and the Regional Management Team. 
Areas of Policy Interest: Sustainability, environmental policy, and social policy. How issues resulting from climate change exacerbate poverty and inequality, as well as, the challenges of governance and decision-making processes to address these issues.

Miranda Gariepy 
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor degree in International Studies, specialization in International Development and Cultural Change, with a concentration in Social Studies
Work Experience: Miranda had the pleasure of working for the Honourable Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, in her constituency office. Prior to that, she spent time on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. This has given her the experience to understand Canada’s legislative process and how to engage and advocate in the public sphere. Outside of government, she applied her skills and passion for social justice and systemic equality in the non-for-profit sphere within the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, working with at-risk seniors and individuals with a history of substance use and homelessness.
Areas of Public Policy Interest: Miranda is interested in assessing and improving policies that focus on decreasing systemic inequalities and promoting upward mobility. She is also driven by her interest in advancing environmental protection and empowering the participation of marginalized groups, with a focus on indigenous perspectives, in the policy-making process.

Ella Haslhofer
Program Year:
One
Hometown:
Calgary, AB
Previous Degree:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies and Certificate in Law, Queen’s University
Work and Volunteer Experience
During my undergraduate studies I volunteered in various roles that allowed me to reflect on the existing gaps between policy aspiration and implementation. A few examples include my time serving as the volunteer coordinator for a student-run mental health charity, as an athletic trainer for individuals with mobility impairments and developmental disabilities, and as the co-chair of the Queen’s West Africa AIDS Foundation.
I completed three summer internships as an analyst at a global accounting and consulting firm and spent one summer as the executive assistant for Passive House Alberta. While the former experience allowed me to strengthen my analytical research skills and aptitude for problem solving, the latter provided me with the opportunity to learn more about urban environmental issues and the important relationship between the public and private sectors.
Areas of Policy Interest:
Child and Family Policy; Social Policy and Inequality; Politics and Policymaking; Education Policy
My primary area of interest is child and family policy. Specifically, I hope to address the issues of child exploitation and abuse as I continue my education and start to build my career. 

Kevin Hemmat
Program Year:  One
Hometown: West Vancouver, BC
Previous degree: BA, Political Science, UBC
Work Experience:  I've worked in government and politics for over four years, including as a field organizer and manager and campaign staffer. Since 2019, I've worked as the Director of Communications for the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country. In this position, I also lead our Constituency Youth Council which aims to give young people a voice in government and better engage youth in Canada's political process.
Areas of Policy Interest: My areas of policy interest include finding ways to improve civic education and engagement in Canada, particularly among young people. I am also interested in finding policy solutions to the rise of misinformation and disinformation, which I believe is coercive to our political discourse and is a problem that will only become more pronounced in the years to come without concrete solutions.

Richard Howard
Program Year: One
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication, Minors in Philosophy and Public Relations; Ryerson University
Work Experience: Since the completion of my undergraduate degree, I have worked for both Privacy Horizon Inc. and Letko Brosseau & Associates as a communications intern. While working for Privacy Horizon I developed a resource library that provides clients with access to streamlined technical and policy information relating to various privacy and security topics. At Letko Brosseau I worked with the organization’s ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) team to develop their ESG report and the advertising committee to develop a wide variety of advertisement concepts which have been featured in publications such as The Economist.
Areas of Policy Interest: Environmental and Climate Policy, Indigenous Policy, Social Policy, and Labour Policy

Melissa Lappage
Program Year:
One
Hometown: Perth Andover, New Brunswick
Previous degree: Bachelor of Arts, Honours Major in Political Science and a Minor in Psychology; University of New Brunswick-Fredericton
Work experience: I have pervious academic experience/research in renewable energy in Canada, clean water policy in the Atlantic provinces, climate and environmental politics, and bottom-up climate politics. I have volunteered for the Women+ in Politics organization in Fredericton, NB and was able to gain valuable experience in campaign canvassing and promoting women in politics. I was also a member of the Fredericton, NB Green Party-MP youth council and was able to gain experience in discussing how to manage and find solutions for community based issues.
Areas of policy interest: Environment and climate change, Indigenous rights/justice, and social policy

Rachel Ling
Program Year:  One
Hometown: Richmond, BC
Previous degree: Bachelor of Science, major in Microbiology and Immunology; McGill University
Work Experience: After graduating from McGill University, I have been working in the healthcare field as a health practitioner, instructor, and regulator. I am currently involved in three health regulatory bodies in BC (College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists of BC, College of Dental Technicians of BC, and College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC) as a board and/or committee member. I feel very honored to be involved in many important regulatory decisions and I find regulatory work very rewarding and fulfilling.
Areas of Policy Interest: Health Policy; Regulation; Social Policy; Economic Policy.

 

Wendy Ma
Program Year: Two
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics and Statistics, Minor in Commerce; University of British Columbia
Work Experience: Wendy has been working for the Canada Revenue Agency since 2016 as a Quantitative Analyst, specializing in data and statistical analysis.  She has a vast scope of experience as a project lead and has worked on over 30 projects, ranging from child benefits to excise duty programs.  The bulk of her work involves extracting, analyzing, and manipulating large databases; developing and performing data quality assurance methods; researching and presenting briefing material to senior management; and managing relationships with clients.  In the past year, she has also contributed to interdepartmental working groups involving key stakeholders such as the Privy Council Office, Statistics Canada, and ESDC.  Wendy will continue to work-full time while pursuing her master’s degree, and trusts it will be a rewarding and effective complement to her quantitative background.
Areas of Policy Interest: Environmental Policy, Indigenous Rights, Social Policy, and Business and Economic Innovation

Balraj Mattu
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: North Delta, BC
Previous Degree(s): Humanities (Minors in Math & History)
Work Experience: I have been working as a substitute teacher for the Vancouver and Surrey School Districts for the last four years. Being in and out of classrooms at different schools on a daily basis has allowed me to observe a wide range of teaching practices and helped me understand why some strategies work while others fall short.

Erica McAdam
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Law, Carleton University
Work Experience: After completing my undergraduate degree in law, I worked as a legal assistant for eight years specializing in labour and employment law. During this time, I maintained my commitment to volunteering my time in my community. The experience and perspective I gained volunteering in shelters and with at risk youth in the GTA ignited my passion for pursing further education that would enable me to work in a career where I could make a positive different in my community.  
Areas of policy interest: Drug and Health Policy; Social Policy; Indigenous Policy.

Richard Mozisek
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Political Science, Simon Fraser University
Work Experience: I worked as a Junior Policy Analyst at Health Canada in Ottawa. I assisted a team in implementing the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety at the Health Products and Food Branch. I also worked as a Safety Policy Analyst at the Fleetwood BIA which is a non-profit organization in Surrey, BC. I created policy guidelines for small businesses to be partially reimbursed for improvements that benefitted the community.
Areas of Policy Interest: technology, energy, transportation, and economic policy. 

Mariam Nasser
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Delta, BC
Previous Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Canadian Studies, UBC.
Work Experience: While pursuing her undergraduate degree at UBC, Mariam worked as an Editor for the IONA Journal of Economics, and became the Editor-In-Chief in her final year. Upon graduation, Mariam worked as an Associate and licensed Investment Representative at RBC Dominion Securities for 1.5 years. In December 2019, she began working for Service BC as a Customer Service Representative. Working at Service BC helped solidify Mariam’s interests in working with governmental policy. 
Areas of Policy Interest: Social Policy, Criminal Justice Policy, Immigration Policy,and Economic Policy.

Grace Park
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences with a minor in International Relations, University of British Columbia
Work Experience: Grace’s work experiences ranges from being a laboratory technician in analytical chemistry laboratories to event planning for scientific workshops. She has collaborated with scientists to publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has recently completed contracted work as a research assistant with analytical research companies in Vancouver. Her policy interests emerged through her environmental and international relations studies at UBC, volunteer experiences within Downtown Eastside Vancouver, and work experiences from Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Areas of Policy Interests: Environment, Natural Resources, Indigenous, Social, Housing, International Relations 

Elizabeth Pinsent
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts, History; UBC
Work Experience: I have extensive experience working for and volunteering with non-profit organizations. Most significantly, I worked as office manager for the British Columbia Law Institute, the province’s independent law reform agency, for ten years. This provides me with a unique perspective on the challenges faced by nonprofits operating in the policy sphere.
Areas of Policy Interest: Social justice and human rights; climate change and environmental issues; accessibility to services for disabled persons; issues of systemic discrimination and inefficiencies, particularly as relates to public safety and criminal justice policy.

Daniella Prandoczky
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Previous Degree: BA, Honours Major in Sociology and Minor in Philosophy; York University
Work Experience: During my undergraduate studies I began working as a Research Assistant for Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Climate Change, a research project that bridges labour and climate issues with the aim of providing equitable solutions for workers in transition. I recently completed a summer internship at the Ontario Workplace Safety Insurance Board, providing research, administrative, and communications support to the Office of the Chief Strategy and Analytics Officer, the divisional Engagement Council, and various teams and projects across the Strategy and Analytics division.
Areas of Policy Interest: Labour Policy, Environmental Policy, Social Policy, Local Economic Development, Local Government. 

Emily Saint
Program Year: One
Hometown: Port Coquitlam, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of British Columbia
Work Experience: Emily has experience working in both the private and public sector; she worked for MNP Consulting and Paragon Testing as well as the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada where she analyzed banking satisfaction and researched emerging technology. Since graduating from UBC she has worked as a Trainer for the 2020 BC Election training all election officials in her district. 
Areas of Interest: Environmental Sustainability, Social Policy, Indigenous Governance

Torrey Siggelkow
Program Year:  One
Hometown: Vegreville, Alberta
Previous degree: Bachelor of Arts Honours in Political Science, University of Alberta 
Work Experience: I have work experience with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. I have completed an internship with APARDAAP and not for profit working with asylum seekers in France. I moved to Vancouver for an internship working to create community spaces for undergraduate students on campus at UBC. Most recently I have been working for a small business focused on fair and direct trade with international communities to expand their success and globalize their market.
Areas of Policy Interest: Foreign Policy, International Development, and Social Policy 

Yashar Tasouji (Yash)
Program Year:
One
Hometown:
Coquitlam, BC
Previous Degree:
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, SFU
Work Experience:
As a political science undergraduate, I had the opportunity of working as a Research Intern at the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) through the SFU co-op program during the summer of 2020. At the DSBIA, I was responsible for gathering data from over 100 businesses on their perceptions of safety, crime, and COVID-19. I created two surveys (safety & crime, COVID-19) and conducted interviews to gather the data. I used this data in my final report, which included a quantitative and qualitative analysis, followed by policy recommendations for the DSBIA and the City of Surrey. This taught me the importance of data and analysis in any policy debate, exposed me to social issues such as poverty and the difficulties associated with formulating reasonable policy actions, while giving me direct field research experience. In the summer of 2021, I worked with the Canadian federal government at Statistics Canada as an enumerator for the 2021 Census of Population.
Areas of Policy Interest:
the intersection between social media and political information/communication, frameworks of decision making and policy analysis, socio-economic policy including poverty mitigation and environmentally sustainable economic practices, the legal operationalization and practical realization of human rights, and contemporary political theory with a focus on democratic (and non-democratic) governance systems.

Mark Thompson
Program Year: Two
Hometown: Burnaby, BC
Previous Degree: Bachalor of Arts – Political Science major; Dialogue in Communication minor – Simon Fraser University
Work Experience: I have been working for the Government of Canada with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) since 2017 in a program delivery position that assists First Nations overcome barriers to self-government within the BC Treaty Process through proposal-driven projects. I previously worked as a Research Assistant for a start-up firm in the American health care sector. I also completed the Semester in Dialogue program, and was involved with SFU’s branch of the student-lead entrepreneurial non-profit, Enactus, during my undergraduate career.
Areas of Policy Interest: Universal income; health care; mass media; Fourth Industrial Revolution; Indigenous self-government.

Sasheeka Udawatte
Program Year:  One
Hometown: Surrey, BC
Previous degree: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in History, SFU
Work Experience:  Worked at Indigenous Services Canada. Started as a co-op student during my undergrad, and was bridged in after graduation. Also volunteered with Amnesty International's Vancouver branch.
Areas of Policy Interest: Foreign Policy and its intersection with human rights; Immigration Policy, Social Policy. 

Sarah van Baarsen
Program Year:
Two
Hometown: Ladner, BC
Previous Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (first class standing), UBC.
Work Experience: During my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to be involved in research surrounding purchase priority and socioeconomic status, where I was assisted in data collection, processing, and analysis. I volunteered with the SPCA, where along with my regular duties within the shelter, I participated in quarterly meetings that touched on issues related to the shelter. I also participated in community council meetings focusing on broader issues surrounding animal welfare and education which were addressed to the municipality. During these meetings, I was able to see policy at work within the community.
Areas of Policy Interest: social, transportation, and economic policy.