Beyond the Headlines is composed of a dedicated team of volunteers from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. Our volunteers have a wide array of policy interests and skill sets. Each volunteer takes on a diverse array of roles, including: Producer, Technical Producer and Show Host. Feel free to email the team or contact us at

 Senior Producers


Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPam Abeysekara

Before arriving in Canada at the age of six, Pam Abeysekara lived in both Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Business, Political Science, and Economics from the University of Waterloo, where her co-operative program allowed her to develop an interest in public policy and its potential to solve an array of issues faced by society. In particular, she’s interested in how public and private interests can intersect to create comprehensive policy solutions.

Policy Interests: Social Policy and Welfare Reform


Processed with VSCO with a6 presetJulia Chan

Julia was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in International Business from the Humber Institute of Technology in June 2016. In addition to pursuing her Master of Public Policy, Julia works as a Health Economics Analyst at Preyra Solutions Group, a Toronto-based health care consultancy. She has a broad range of policy-related interests, including human rights, health, and anti-terrorism policy; however her main area of interest lies in environmental and climate policy. Passionate about the power of public radio and podcasts, Julia is delighted to be a part of the BTH community. In her free time she enjoys playing the tambourine and ordering Uber Eats.

Policy Interests: Environmental and Climate Policy, Health Policy, and Foreign Policy

Processed with VSCO with kk1 presetKayla Ishkanian

Kayla Ishkanian was born and raised in Burnaby, British Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from McGill University. Coming from the think tank world, Kayla is eager to bring her sass and passion for policy to Beyond the Headlines. As a stand-up comedy enthusiast, Kayla can be found either watching a comedy show or writing jokes, as well as spending her student loans at Sephora.

Policy Interests: Indigenous Affairs, Intergovernmental relations, and Campus Sexual Assault Policy


Processed with VSCO with c1 presetKaterina Kalenteridis

Katerina Kalenteridis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Labour Studies and Anthropology from McMaster University. She enrolled at the School of Public Policy and Governance to pursue her interests in both labour and social policy, and hopes to connect with the policy community through her time at Beyond the Headlines.

Policy Interests: Labour Policy and Social Policy



Processed with VSCO with a6 presetJonah Kotzer

Jonah Kotzer is from Toronto, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, he traveled extensively throughout the Pacific and was based out of Hiroshima, Japan and Melbourne, Australia. He has an interest in the relationships between the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments and how those relationships manifest themselves in policy. His interests include, food, live music, local events and general merriment.

Policy Interests: Intergovernmental Relations, Municipal Policy, Labour Policy, and Transport Policy


Processed with VSCO with c1 presetTayyaba Mohsin

Tayyaba Mohsin is originally from Pakistan and currently resides in Toronto. After completing her undergraduate studies in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences, she worked in public health at Interactive Research and Development on a WHO program called “Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses”. Tayyaba has been a cultural ambassador of Pakistan to the US and Japan during her educational treks. In her free time, she likes travelling, reading and socializing with friends.

Policy Interests: International Development, Public Policy for Children, and Public Health and Education


Processed with VSCO with g3 presetMacrina Smart

Macrina was born and raised in the heart of downtown Toronto, and obtained my Honours Bachelor of Arts in her own back yard – the St. George campus at the University of Toronto. After 4 incredible years of work and exploring Western Europe, Macrina has returned to Toronto to pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree from SPPG. Her free time is almost exclusively devoted to drinking coffee and playing with her puppy.

Policy Interests: Food Security, Financial Literary, and Gender Issues within Public Policy


Junior Producers

BTH will be accepting applications for Junior Producers beginning in September.

If you are a Masters of Public Policy student at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance and are interested in joining BTH for the 2017-2018 season, please email for additional information.