Participating in the MPP program has been the best career decision I've made so far. I have always had a strong interest in environmental policy, but the MPP program was the springboard that I needed to launch my career in this area.
Since completing the MPP program in 2013, I have held numerous positions in the field of environmental and climate change policy.
I currently work at Environment and Climate Change Canada in the Pan-Canadian Framework Implementation Office, where I provide policy analysis to support the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework. Over the last two years, I held similar positions in the International Affairs Branch at Environment and Climate Change Canada where I worked on Canada-China relations with respect to environment and climate change policy, as well as in the Energy Sector at Natural Resources Canada where I provided policy analysis on the subject of nuclear liability and compensation. Previously I worked as a Research Associate at Sustainable Prosperity, a green-economy think tank in Ottawa, where I conducted research and policy analysis to promote the use of market-based instruments as a tool to achieve a more competitive and sustainable economy.
I found the MPP program to be particularly helpful to give me the skills for my current job. Policy analysis, policy problem framing, research methods, and writing (memos and slide decks) are skills I currently use on a daily basis.
I am thankful to the professors and staff in the MPP program who provided me with the opportunities and experiences I needed to establish my career, and I would recommend the program to anyone who is interested in pursuing a similar career in public policy.