Public Policy, Achievements

Master's students from the School of Public Policy win national case competition

March 08, 2018

From SFU News...

A team of four master’s students from the School of Public Policy took top honours at the seventh annual CAPPA IPAC National Public Administration student case competition, Canada’s only national-level case competition dedicated to public administration and policy.

First-year students Rehnuma Islam, Peter Lunka, Chris Raftis and Sinéad Stinson, along with teams from 12 schools coast to coast, had a gruelling week of research, analysis and practice in preparation for the Feb. 23-24 competition, hosted by SFU’s School of Public Policy at the Vancouver campus.

The case, a hypothetical pipeline project involving BC and Alberta tested the teams because of the complicated range of factors to consider.

On competition day, teams had 20 minutes to present their approach and were grilled with questions by a panel of six judges in the roles of BC MLAs, who determined the winning combination of strategic thinking, feasibility, thoroughness and presentation style. The members of the judging panel are no strangers to complex issues, with their real-life roles at senior levels of federal and provincial governments and the private sector.