Erin moved from Barrie to Toronto to complete her undergraduate studies at York University’s Glendon College. After completing her bilingual BA in Political Science, she decided to enrol in the Munk School to put all the knowledge she had gained in university to practical use. Her policy interests include: municipal policy and healthcare.
Raised in Ottawa, Anna moved out East to obtain a Bachelor’s of Arts at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS. There, Anna majored in Economics, minored in Sociology and became fascinated by the dynamics of human behaviour. Anna is now in her second year of her Masters of Public Policy where she has developed an insatiable curiosity for optimizing systems; whether it’s a bustling restaurant’s operations or a complex healthcare system.
Aryeh Ansel is from Toronto. He holds an Honours Bachelor Administration from Ivey Business School. Prior to entering the MPP program, Aryeh worked as a management consultant for 3 years, serving multinational clients in Toronto. His interests include government strategy and communications and economic policy.
Nimmi Augustine enrolled as an Officer in the Canadian Armed forces. She attended the Royal Military College of Canada and graduated with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering in 2016. During her training as a Marine Systems Engineering Officer, a portion of her training took place in Portsmouth, England at HMS Sultan and as well on board the Canadian frigate HMCS Ottawa. She left the military in 2018 to pursue her Masters in Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is particularly interested in the intersection of cybersecurity and human rights. Just this past summer she completed an internship in Tunis, Tunisia with a digital rights NGO.
Shalini Ramgoolam is a first year Master of Public Policy student at the University of Toronto. She has recently completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. She has a wealth of experience in public affairs working as a policy analyst at Global Affairs Canada, Public Safety Canada, the Privy Office of Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency. In her spare time, Shalini is an avid dancer with a passion for salsa and bachata. She also volunteers with the Girl Guides of Canada as a Brownie Leader where she organizes weekly programming for young girls to encourage them to be confident, resourceful and respectful leaders of tomorrow. In all things, she is driven by the desire to contribute to a more just and fair society.
Daniella is a 2020 Master of Public Policy candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto with a major in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and minors in History and Sociology. Daniella’s policy interests include immigrant settlement and integration, Indigenous affairs and human rights in the criminal justice system. She is excited to engage in meaningful policy discussions with Beyond the Headlines this year. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.
Geneviève is in her second year of the Masters of Public Policy program at the Munk School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. In her academic, professional and extracurricular endeavours, she blends her interests in communications, social policy, and international development. Geneviève is particularly interested in poverty reduction, gender equity, public health and education policy. She has developed a keen interest in improving, and improving access to, social support programs for low-income demographics. Geneviève is super excited to be a part of Beyond the Headlines in the 2019-2020 year, to learn from show guests who have rich and diverse experience, and to broaden her understanding of today’s policy issues. She also loves music and being active! Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.
Fatemah is a recent graduate of Carleton University who currently lives in Woodbridge but still calls Ottawa her second home. She’s incredibly passionate about immigration, multiculturalism, and social policy but also holds a keen interest in polling and public opinion. When Fatemah’s not working on assignments or shows, you’ll find her punching her stress away at a kickboxing studio. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.
Diana obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary, majoring in Philosophy, and Law and Society. She is currently a first-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and is interested in social and health policy. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.
Erin Christensen is a Master of Public Policy candidate specializing in Environmental Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for the UBC Political Science Department and served on the Canadian Red Cross’s Youth Advisory Committee. Erin is currently conducting research focused on understanding the systemic conditions which prevent a transition to a well-being driven economic system and innovative environmental policy pathways that may not exist in a Canadian context today. Her interests span the areas of environmental governance, public finance, well-being economics, and the internationalization of public policy. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.
Hongyu is an MPP student for the Class of 2021. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelors’ degree in Law in 2014, and left (escaped) the practice of law in 2018. He is still getting used to the concept of winter. Policy interests: economic policy, program evaluation, urban development. Feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn.
Thea is a first year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Munk School and is interested in environmental policy as well as exploring how Canadian institutions, such as the federal system, affect certain policy outcomes.
Chen is a year-one Master of Public Policy student at the Munk School. He completed his undergraduate studies in Hong Kong while growing up in Mainland. As a newcomer to Toronto as well as Canada, everything taking place just seems appealing to him. His policy interests include: citizenship, social policy, and election affairs.
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Wahaj is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from Ryerson University for Public Health and Safety. He has an avid interest in policy issues concerning social welfare in Canada, including accessibility of affordable dentistry and pharma-care. In addition to an interest in research, Wahaj has completed multiple projects in the field of occupational health; in 2018, for example, he collaborated on a project with The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to study the field attenuation of orchestra shields and presented it in a poster format at the annual Partner in Prevention (PiP) conferences hosted by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS). He has also been a part of Demystifying Medicine, which is a YouTube-based seminar series at McMaster University. Currently, Wahaj is collaborating with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) under the Public Good Initiative to research the educational concerns of the visually impaired at the secondary school level.
Brody Longmuir is a 2021 Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Brody completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in political science and history. He has previously worked in the provincial government with the Chair of Cabinet and Chief Government Whip and in the federal government with his local MP. Brody has also spent time working for a lobbying firm in the wine and agricultural sector. More recently, Brody ran for city council in his hometown of St. Catharines and was elected earlier this year to the position of president of a local business improvement association. He is passionate about issues including the environment, education and health care.