Our Team

Danny Holmes, SPPA Society President


Hello, everyone! I couldn’t be happier to represent the SPPA Society as this year’s President! I completed my undergrad in Political Science at Western University and received my MA in Political Science from UWaterloo. National security, intelligence and international development are my passions, and I’m always happy to talk to anyone interested. As an avid hockey fan, I am looking forward to the Leafs bringing the cup home this year and the SPPA ball hockey team repeating the title! If you ever want to chat or have concerns, shoot me a message and I’d be happy to meet. I’m looking forward to an awesome year ahead!

Grace Martin, VP Communications


Hi, friends! I am honoured to be your VP Communications. Please introduce yourself and let me know if you would like to be a part of the SPPA Society’s social media and/or health and wellness teams! Originally from Northern Ontario, I grew up immersed in the natural beauty of Lake of the Woods and Lake Huron. I hold a BScH and MSc in Biology from Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo, respectively. Before moving to Ottawa, I worked in academia, industry and the public and nonprofit sectors in Ontario, the US and the UK. Aside from science and policy, I am passionate about gender equality, the outdoors, cooking, meditation and yoga.

James Kappel, VP Finance


Hello! I’m originally from the Okanagan Valley, and I lived in Calgary for over a decade before moving to Ottawa. I have a Double B.A. in Political Science and Communications Studies from the University of Calgary, and after spending seven years in the banking and insurance fields, I decided to return to school and complete a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA). I’ve really enjoyed my first year in the MPPA program, and I’m glad to have chosen Carleton University. In terms of the program, I’m really interested in municipal affairs and public management. I’m a big hockey fan, and I like reading and cooking. If you’re into hating on the Toronto Maple Leafs, I’m probably going to want to do that with you, too. I’m looking forward to this year on the executive committee, as well as meeting all of you in the fall.

Audrey Tong, VP Community


Greetings! I’m Audrey, the 2017-2018 SPPA VP Community. Hailing from Vancouver, I moved to Ottawa to pursue my Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA). After completing my undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of British Columbia and working at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, I saw how important it was to develop public policy that accurately reflects the reality of the communities it is intended to serve. I am now in my second year of the MPPA program, with interests in policy analysis, institutional design, information technology, and Indigenous policy. I am a huge foodie and an avid traveller. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, feel free to message me! I look forward to planning fun activities and networking opportunities for the SPPA community, and meeting you all in person!

Sophia Royle, VP Academic 


I’m Sophia and I’m thrilled to be your 2017-2018 SPPA VP Academic. I am originally from Vancouver, and I graduated from the University of British Columbia in May of 2015 with a BA in Political Science and a concentration in Environment and Society. I moved to Ottawa to start this program last year by way of Jasper National Park, where I worked as an administrative assistant at the Parks Canada field office for most of 2016. My main interests are Indigenous rights and environmental policy, so I’m taking the MPPA’s Indigenous Policy and Administration concentration. Apart from school, I like to get outside to bike, snowshoe, or hike – all balanced with my Netflix addiction, of course. Please feel free to send me an email or a message if you ever have any questions or concerns, I would love to hear from you!

Graduate Student Association Representatives

Jacky Tran and Aula Mustafa – Profiles to come!

Professional Development Representative

Tazmin Mitha- Profile to come!

Student Representatives at Large

Alexandra Rosenfeld and Adam Nicholl – Profiles to come!

Community Representative

Leith Wrightman – Profile to come!


Management Representative

Lil Morton – Profile to come!


Master of Sustainable Energy Policy Representative

Joshua Russel – Profile to come!


Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Representative

Mitra Nassiri – Profile to come!


PhD Representative

Ian Bron – Profile to come!


Diploma Representative


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