Max Bell School partners with the C.D. Howe Institute for Policy Scholars Program


Published: 7Jul2020

The Policy Scholars program provides Max Bell School MPP students with fellowships working in prominent Canadian policy organizations.

The C.D. Howe Institute has partnered with McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy as a participating organization in the Policy Scholars program, a series of new research fellowships awarded annually to promising Max Bell School Master of Public Policy (MPP) students.

“The C.D. Howe Institute pursues its mission to foster economically sound policies by bringing together talented people from academia, the public sector, business and the professions,” said William B.P. Robson, CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute. “We are delighted to join forces with the Max Bell School of Public Policy to provide opportunities for graduate students to develop their skills and make a positive difference to the country.”

Funded by the Max Bell Foundation, the Policy Scholars program enables students to spend six months working at a prominent Canadian think tank.

Max Bell came to McGill in 1928 to earn a commerce degree. In 1962 he joined the Board of Governors, and when he established the Foundation that bears his name, he specified that 30 percent of all grants the Foundation makes shall support McGill University. The Foundation is proud of its long association with McGill, and delighted that the first cohort of students is about to complete their MPPs at the Max Bell School of Public Policy. These Policy Scholars will make important contributions to three of Canada’s foremost think tanks, and the Foundation is pleased to support their work.

This year, the C.D. Howe Institute is welcoming MPP student Momanyi Mokaya to undertake general policy research, in addition to a special project related to one of three subject areas: environment, health and wellness, or education.

“This opportunity is an invaluable chance for me to mature as an economist, to learn new things, and to improve on my past experiences,” said Mokaya. “It also means discovering the world of policy from an institute that is a pre-eminent source of policy innovation. This fellowship will undoubtedly assist me in understanding the different dimensions of economic policy.”

Further, his work will be conducted under two global thematic lenses: the well-being of Indigenous peoples and the impacts of new technologies.

"Our MPP students are coming out of an intensive degree that is reflective of the real world,” said Catherine Stace, the Max Bell School Career Services Manager. “Momanyi’s selection for the Policy Scholars program — which will give him the opportunity to work on issues of vital importance at the distinguished C.D. Howe Institute — recognizes his academic achievements and provides a launchpad for his career."

Chris Ragan, Director of the Max Bell School, shared his thoughts: “With the launch of our MPP program and the arrival of our inaugural cohort, we knew that providing impactful career opportunities with an organization like the C.D. Howe Institute was essential for both the success of our program and the career trajectory of our MPP students.”

Media Contacts

Nicholas Salter

Communications Manager

Max Bell School of Public Policy

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Laura Bouchard

Manager, Communications and Public Affairs

C.D. Howe Institute

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About McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy

McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy is committed to the research, teaching, public outreach, and practical advocacy of sound public policy. Located in downtown Montreal, the Max Bell School offers a full-time and intensive 11-month Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. This innovative Master’s program tackles the complexities of public policy from diverse perspectives, giving students the skills to understand and solve the most important issues impacting Canada and the world today. The School welcomed its first cohort of talented, international Master of Public Policy (MPP) students in 2019. In the years to come, the School looks forward to welcoming new global perspectives as it continues to shape and prepare the policy leaders of tomorrow. For more information, visit or follow the School on Twitter @maxbellschool.

About the C.D. Howe Institute

The C.D. Howe Institute is a registered charity and an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. Widely considered to be Canada's most influential think tank, the Institute is a source of trusted policy intelligence, distinguished by research that is nonpartisan, evidence-based and subject to definitive expert review. For more information, visit or follow the Institute on Twitter @CDHoweInstitute.


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