Tamara Trotman, MPP, Public Policy

People Profiles

October 28, 2015

Tamara Trotman is helping governments from Denmark to Yeman thrive.

Trotman is a finance counsellor at the Canadian Mission to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international economic organisation based in Paris that aims to stimulate economic progress and world trade. She completed a Master's in Public Policy (MPP) at SFU in 2006.

Trotman works to advance Canada’s economic interests and promote economic growth and development for the OECD’s 34 member countries and key partners around the world by providing policy recommendations.

“I examine economic and structural issues, trends and policies across countries and work with my colleagues from the OECD Secretariat and other countries through a peer review process to assess the performance of each country,” says Trotman.

Trotman explains that her practice is driven by a desire to make people's lives better.

“Prior to working for the government, I was doing media and investor relations in the private sector. I was always interested in serving the public as opposed to just generating profit and now I get to do that. Our work means that governments are better positioned to respond to the challenges facing their countries and are better able to improve the well-being of their citizens,” she says.

Trotman was also the head of the Canadian delegation to the Paris Club, a group of official creditors who work to find solutions to the payment difficulties experienced by debtor countries. The club has treated approximately 583 billion dollars of debt since its inception in 1956.

Trotman explains that working in one of the world’s top policy fora is a thrilling experience.

“I get to work with accomplished and inspiring people from around the world with whom I would never otherwise have contact. I’ve attended meetings with academics, heads of state, scientists, an orchestra conductor and even an astronaut,” she says.

Trotman credits her graduate school experience as helping prepare and propel her career in public service.

“There are a lot of unexpected events and challenges that come up in government for which there are no courses. The Master's in Public Policy program helped me develop the ability to think strategically in a short time frame so that I am able to navigate those kinds of situations successfully,” she says. 

Author: Jackie Amsden

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