2021 Outstanding Achievement Awards Recipients


Congratulations to the MPP class of 2021! Every year the School of Public Policy awards those who have made significant contributions and progress throughout their studies with a number of awards. The following are the 2021 Capstone and Project awardees. 

Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) Award
The CAPPA award is given for the outstanding capstone of a graduating student. The awardee is SPP's nominee for the National Student Thought Leadership Award competition at at the annual national IPAC conference in August. 
Soma Barsen for her Capstone titled Vancouver’s Dirty Laundry: Policy considerations and interventions to address synthetic (plastic) microfibre ocean pollution in a large urban centre” 
Supervisor: Nancy Olewiler

Master of Public Policy Award
The MPP Award recognizes a capstone that exemplifies outstanding public policy research in all respects and application of what has been taught in the program including: problem definition, analytical framework, analysis, specification of policy alternatives and analysis of those alternatives.
Ashley Muchka for her capstone:Traffick stop: Addressing labour exploitation of migrant workers in Canada” 
Supervisor: Josh Gordon

Ethical Significance Award
The Ethical Significance award is given when a capstone to touches on social, economic, or political injustices in any policy sphere and exemplifies outstanding analysis.
Munir-Khalid Aziz Dossa for his capstone entitled: “Electing a diverse city: Improving visible-minority representation in local governments in Metro Vancouver” 
Supervisor: Josh Gordon

Doug McArthur Capstone Award
This award honours a graduating Masters of Public Policy student from SFU in recognition of the completion of an outstanding capstone. The capstone has the potential to have a lasting impact and influence public policy decisions and actions. It demonstrates skilled and innovative approaches that fully incorporate societal objectives such as efficiency, social justice, freedom of choice, protection against harm, development, and sustainability, as well as government management imperatives such as effectiveness, costs, implementation challenges, stakeholder and public acceptance. Its methods help to reconcile the interplay of complex, often competing objectives when developing alternatives and solutions to a significant and challenging policy problem.
Jenn McDermid for her capstone: Moving beyond end-demand legislation: Understanding the impact of client criminalization on sex worker health and safety and policy alternatives to end-demand approaches to sex work 
Supervisor: Kora DeBeck

Project Award 
The Project Award goes to an outstanding public policy project paper that as with our other prizes represents outstanding research on a topic of major importance to society. 
Andrew Marriott for his paper:Privacy or profits? The future of consumer protection and digital privacy in Canada
Supervisor: Josh Gordon

MPP Caucus Service Award
Awarded to the individual(s) who went above and beyond in service to the caucus and their fellow students over the past year, demonstrating acts of leadership, initiative and support. 
Megan BowersDisha Bhatnagar and Ruby Sarkar.

Congratulations again to our prize recipients and to all of you for your their hard work and perseverance during these stressful times. We are so proud of you all!