Alumni profile - Tori Wong

Strategic Advisor to the Director General of Gender-Based Violence Policy, Women and Gender Equality Canada

October 30, 2020

After completing their MAIS coursework and extended essays, Tori relocated to Ottawa to take a co-op position with Global Affairs Canada, where they worked on files related to Canada’s international food security policy. Tori then took a co-op position with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), contributing to a policy initiative concerning natural resource development projects. Following this co-op term, Tori was ‘bridged’ from that co-op position to employment as a policy analyst in the same team.

Tori has since fulfilled positions at Environment and Climate Change Canada where they worked on Canada’s review of its environmental assessment and regulatory processes, and Indigenous Services Canada where Tori worked on research supporting Indigenous businesses and international engagements. Since 2019, Tori has served as the Strategic Advisor to the Director General of Gender-Based Violence Policy at Women and Gender Equality Canada.

For Tori, the MAIS program was a valuable experience because of the opportunities it afforded them to work with accomplished, multidisciplinary faculty and peers. As well, the option to complete co-op terms was a key factor that influenced Tori’s decision to enroll in the SIS for graduate school, as this was a springboard for work experience and career development.

Tori continues to be active with our MAIS program, offering advice to our students about work with the federal government.

Tori also holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and has been a visiting student at the University of Victoria and L’Université Sainte-Anne.