In spring 2010, I was trying to find a summer job and decided to phone my local Member of Parliament, Rob Oliphant. That phone call turned into a volunteer position which turned into a summer job. The first meeting I attended with MP Oliphant was actually a CJPAC Board meeting! Working in both the constituency and Parliament Hill offices got me interested in politics and I soon heard about the CJPAC Fellowship Program from a number of Fellow alumni.
Going into the Fellowship, I did not know what to expect. However, from my first “campaign team” meeting at the Fellowship Conference, I immediately knew that the program was for me. The opportunity to learn from some of Canada’s top political minds and then apply that knowledge to a simulated campaign was a uniquely rewarding experience. Because of the Fellowship, I have made some lifelong friends across the country and across the political spectrum. I have even attended a wedding of two Fellows from my year!
After the Fellowship, I completed my degree at the University of Toronto and then went on to study Comparative Government at the University of Oxford. After Oxford, I returned to Toronto where I worked as a management consultant specializing in public sector strategy and innovation. Recently, I joined the Office of the Premier of Ontario as a policy advisor where I get to apply some of the tools and skills I learned through the Fellowship program. Overall, I loved my time as a CJPAC Fellow and would highly recommend it to any young Canadian interested in making a difference in their community.
CJPAC Fellow 2012-2013