Our Team

Danny Holmes, SPPA Society President

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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

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Hi, friends! I am honoured to be your VP Communications for 2017-2018! I help the SPPA Society engage with and support students through our events, website, and social media platforms. I am also building new initiatives in mental health and wellness. If we haven’t met yet, I hope we will soon! I am currently in my second year of the Master of Public and Policy program. Originally from Northern Ontario, I hold a BScH and MSc in Biology from Queen’s University and UWaterloo. Before moving to Ottawa, I worked in academia, industry and the public and nonprofit sectors ON, the US and the UK. Aside from science and policy, I am passionate about gender equality, the outdoors, cooking, meditation and yoga. Come say hi or email carleton.sppa.society@gmail.com if you wish to join SPPA Society’s digital marketing and/or health and wellness teams! 

James Kappel, VP Finance

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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 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

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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 

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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!

Jacky Tran, Graduate Student Association Representative

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Hello! My name is Jacky and I am excited to be one of the two representatives of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). I am a first-year student in the MPPA program, and received my BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary. I decided to pursue public policy after doing my undergrad in biology because of the internship I did with the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. I have a deep appreciation for sweaters, karaoke, and of course, food. I’ll eat anything! I sincerely hope that the SPPA this year will continue to bring positive change to our tight-knit community. I look forward to hearing from you about any concerns that I can bring to the GSA!

Aula Mustafa, Graduate Student Association Representative

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Hi, SPPA team! I’m happy to be your representative in the GSA. My goal is to address any questions and concerns you may have about the GSA and our role within the association. I recently completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science at McMaster University. My passion for environmental sustainability coupled with a curiosity to explore a future in public administration drew me to this incredible program. My hobbies include practising yoga, hiking, and obsessing over Game of Thrones.  I’m excited to get to know more of you and I look forward to sharing a great year together. Don’t hesitate to come up and say hi next time you see me!

Adam Nicholl, Student Representative at Large

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Hello everyone! My name is Adam Nicholl and I am one of this year’s Student At-Large Representatives for the SPPA Society Steering Committee. I’m in my 2nd year of the MPPA program and I hold a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree in Public Management from the University of Guelph. I’m from Oakville, ON but I’m enjoying living in Ottawa and taking advantage of our Nation’s Capital – especially attending Question Period! Like most of us, I have many policy interests but I especially enjoy policy analysis and public management.  Besides my academic interests, I also love anything to do with Canadian history and the Monarchy. I’m excited to work with the SPPA Society and other committee members to make this year the best yet!

Alexandra Rosenfeld, Student Representative at Large

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I’m Alex and I’m one of your Student Representatives-At-Large. I hope to be a voice for YOUR issues, promote wellness and foster an inclusive environment. I hold an honours degree in Sociology from Carleton. After graduation, I worked as a Litigation Analyst and Research Coordinator for INAC, a Fellowship Coordinator for Mount Sinai Hospital and as a Policy Analyst at Transport Canada. My research interests include women & labour, Indigenous policy, and governance. I love to kickbox, hike with my Bullmastiff, catch a last-minute flight and volunteer for Dreaming For Kids, which provides education for children in Africa http://dreamingforkids.com

Tazmin Mitha, Professional Development Representative

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My name is Tazmin and I am excited to be your Professional Development Representative this year! I am originally from Vancouver and completed my undergraduate degree in International Relations at UBC. I first came to Ottawa in 2014 to work as a Parliamentary Guide; this experience opened my eyes to the fascinating world of public service and the inner workings of government. I am now in my second year of the program and working at Global Affairs within the G7/G20 Summits Division. I am interested in gender equality, child welfare, and Indigenous policy. I love travelling, spending time outdoors, and meeting new people. I look forward to planning career-related events and would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions!

Leith Wrightman, Community Representative

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Greetings and salutations! I’m Leith and I am your Community Representative! I did my undergrad at Western University in Communications and Political Science, as well as a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Feeling like a single master’s was not enough, I decided to move to Ottawa for a second! My studies revolve around information policy and how ideas and information flow through a society. I am currently working at Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada in the Spectrum and Telecommunications Sector, but I have also worked for international NGOs, a Member of Parliament, and elsewhere in the Federal Public Service. In my free time, I read a lot of science fiction, play D&D, weightlift, and couch-surf. Looking forward to getting to know you and helping to foster a sense of community in the program!

Lil Morton, Management Representative

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My name’s Lil and I’m super excited to be your management rep this year. I moved to Ottawa from Barrie to go to Carleton to get my BPAPM in public policy administration and am now working on getting my masters in the same thing. I’m fairly convinced I have the cutest cat ever and am completely obsessed with him. Outside of school and work, I like to eat candy, dance, and watch hockey & baseball (go leafs go!). I can’t wait to work with the rest of the SPPA society to bring you the best year ever!

Joshua Russel, Master of Sustainable Energy Policy Representative

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Hi! I’m Josh, the representative for the Sustainable Energy Policy program (SEP). Originally from the GTA, I moved to Ottawa in 2010 to study Political Science at the University of Ottawa. Unsatisfied with life as a Gee Gee, I came to Carleton for the SEP degree. I spent the last two years working at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada where I became increasingly interested in energy solutions for remote communities and community building. This year I will work towards building the relationship between the SEP program and the wider MPPA family! If you have any ideas to collaborate on, just want to talk sustainability or do some rock climbing, let me know!

Ian Bron, PhD Representative

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[Profile to come]
Mitra Nassiri, Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Representative
[Photo and profile to come]
Diploma Representative
TBD
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