Considering policy work for the federal government or a think tank? Wondering what a career in public policy is really like? Hear from a range of speakers who have experience working the government and think tanks in Canada to learn about what they do, how they got there, and their tips for graduate students considering this career path
Jean-Philippe Brassard, Regional Director, Greater Montreal Business Office, Canada Economic Developments for Quebec Regions
Jean-Philippe Brassard joined the federal government in 2010 through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) Program. He started as a senior policy analyst in Strategic Policy at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (2010-11). He then served as senior policy analyst (2011-14) and deputy director (2014-15) in Trade Controls at Global Affairs Canada, before being named director of the Greater Montreal Business Office of Canada Economic Developments for Quebec Regions in October 2015. Prior to joining the federal public service, M. Brassard worked for four years on projects in North-America and West Africa as an economics consultant for a Montreal-based engineering firm. M. Brassard holds a B.Sc. in biology and M.Sc. in geography from Université de Montreal, an M.A. in Economics from UBC, and completed his Ph.D. coursework in Economics at McGill University. He was coordinator of the RPL program from 2011 to 2014, was an administrator for Force Jeunesse in 2006, and in 2005 was co-producer and sound-manager for a documentary on the social rehabilitation of landmine victims in Cambodia.
Nadia Ferrara, PhD., Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Regional Operations Sector, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Currently, Dr. Ferrara is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister in the Regional Operations Sector at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). Dr. Ferrara has been working for the Government of Canada since 2003. As a medical anthropologist, she remains on Faculty at McGill University as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology, where on her spare time she supervises graduate and undergraduate students. Before entering the Government, Dr. Ferrara worked for 16 years as an art therapist, specializing in cross-cultural psychotherapy with Indigenous peoples in Quebec and Ontario. Her education includes a Master of Arts in Art Therapy, a Master of Science in Transcultural Psychiatry, and a Doctorate in Medical Anthropology. Along with the publication of several journal articles and chapters in various books in North America and in Europe, Dr. Ferrara has published two books on her work with the Crees of Northern Quebec; the first entitled, Emotional Expression among Cree Indians, and the second, Healing through Art. Dr. Ferrara’s most recent publication, Reconciling and Rehumanizing Indigenous-Settler Relations, is a reflection on her work as an applied anthropologist and advocate for Aboriginal peoples. She is also an artist and one of her sculptures is permanently placed at her former high school in Montreal.
Scott Patterson, Director, AAFC Regional Office in Montreal
Scott Patterson was named Regional Director of the Quebec Regional Office for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in June 2014. He had been Deputy Director of the Quebec Regional Office since 2009. Scott joined the federal Public Service in 1999 and has held various senior analyst positions with Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly Public Works and Government Services Canada), the Canada School of Public Service and Treasury Board Secretariat. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University.
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