Max Bell School first year teaching cohort

Max Bell School Faculty 2021-22

The Max Bell School’s accomplished and well-rounded MPP teaching team is committed to helping shape and prepare the next generation of policy leaders. Here are some of the academics teaching public policy theory, and practitioners demonstrating how to put core skills into practice

Core Faculty and Leadership

Christopher RaganChristopher Ragan

Economics professor and Director, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Member of Finance Minister’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth; Former Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada; former Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada


Nathalie DuchesnayNathalie Duchesnay

Faculty Lecturer, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Policy Lab Coordinator, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Course lecturer, MBA program at the Desautels Faculty of Management

President, NextStep Services


Pearl EliadisPearl Eliadis

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Over 20 years of experience in democratic governance and public policy; has been retained by clients including the UN, the European Commission and the OSCE in China, Ethiopia, Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan and Timor-Leste


Taylor OwenTaylor Owen

Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics, and Communications, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Public Policy Forum Fellow and the 2016 Public Policy Forum Emerging Leader

Author of Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State, and The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley Reengineered Journalism 


Andrew Potter

Andrew Potter

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Former editor in chief of the Ottawa Citizen and public affairs columnist for Maclean's Magazine

Author of The Authenticity Hoax: How We Get Lost Finding Ourselves, and the co-author, with Joseph Heath, of the best-selling book The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't be Jammed


Jennifer WelshJennifer Welsh

Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance & Security, McGill University 

Co-founder of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law & Armed Conflict

Former special advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the responsibility to protect 


MPP Teaching Faculty (2020-21)

Nii AddyNii Addy

Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of International Development

Former consultant and researcher for organizations including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Hewlett Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. and ICF International.


Francisco Alvarez-CuadradoFrancisco Alvarez-Cuadrado

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, McGill University

Former Visiting Scholar at the Grupo de Analisis para del Desarrollo (GRADE).


Anne AndermannAnne Andermann

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Founding director of the CLEAR Collaboration, that aims to help frontline health workers address the underlying social causes of poor health through a combination of direct patient care, referral and advocacy for larger social change.


Raymond AtugubaRaymond Atuguba

Managing Partner and Founder, Atuguba & Associates

Dean, University of Ghana School of Law


Simon BagshawSimon Bagshaw

Former Senior Policy Advisor, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs



Adam Daifallah

Adam Daifallah

Senior Managing Director, Teneo

Formerly sat on the editorial board of the National Post in Toronto; Former Washington, D.C. correspondent of The New York Sun


Laura DawsonLaura Dawson

Principal Program Manager (Americas). Amazon Web Services Institute, Amazon Web Services

Former senior advisor on economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa

Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute


Dirk DruetDirk Druet

Affiliate Researcher, Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, McGill University

Non-Resident Fellow, Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations of the International Peace Institute


Don DrummondDon Drummond


Stauffer-Dunning Fellow in Global Public Policy and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University

2011-12 Chair for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services


Yolande JamesYolande James


Former Member of the National Assembly of Quebec; former Minister of Families


Geoff KelleyGeoffrey Kelley

Negotiator between Quebec government and Mohawk community of Kahnawake

Member, Quebec National Assembly (1994-2018)

Minister responsible for Native Affairs, 2005-2007, 2011-2012, 2014-2018.

Negotiator between the Quebec government and the Mohawk community of Kahnawake.


Tasha KheiriddinTasha Kheiriddin

Media commentator and political analyst

2004 Ontario Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Former Vice-President of the Montreal Economic Institute; Former Director for Quebec of the Fraser Institute


Nicholas KingNicholas King

Associate professor in Biomedical Ethics, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University


Sonia LaszloSonia Laszlo

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, McGill University

Member of the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Organizations (CIRANO) and the Grupo de Analysis para el Desarrollo (GRADE).


Michael McAdooMichael McAdoo

Partner & Director, Global Trade and Investment, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)



Vrinda NarainVrinda Narain

Policy Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Former Associate Dean, Academic, of McGill University's Faculty of Law

 Recipient of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice’s Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship.


Andrew NgAndrew Ng

Deputy Director for India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, Global Affairs Canada



Kevin PageKevin Page

Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer

President and CEO of the Institute of Fiscal Studies & Democracy, University of Ottawa

Over 25 years of experience in the Canadian federal public service including Finance Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office


Ian PeachIan Peach

Adviser to the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick

Public Policy Consultant

Former Director of Constitutional Relations in the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs; Former Senior Policy Advisor in Saskatchewan Executive Council

Former Dean of Law at the University of New Brunswick


Madeleine RednernMadeleine Redfern

Co-Chief Executive Director, CanArctic Inuit Networks




David ShribmanDavid Shribman


Awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of U.S. politics

Ten years as the Washington Bureau Chief of The Boston Globe


Cindy SkrzyckiCindy Skrzycki

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh

Correspondent, GlobalPost

Former staff of the Washington Post


Jamison SteeveJamison Steeve 

Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity

Executive Director, The Martin Prosperity Institute

Former Principal Secretary, Office of the Premier of Ontario


John StewartJohn Stewart

Director of Policy and Research, Canadian Nuclear Association

Chair of the Policy Committee of Canada’s National Electricity Roundtable from 2015-18

Formerly Canada’s representative to the Washington-based Global Nexus Initiative


Erin StrumpfErin Strumpf

Associate Professor & William Dawson Scholar, Department of Economics and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University



Debra ThompsonDebra Thompson

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University

Leading scholar of the comparative politics of race

Author of The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census


Brian ToppBrian Topp

Partner, KTG Public Affairs

Former Chief of Staff to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley

Deputy Chief of Staff to Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow

Executive Director of ACTRA Toronto


Daniel WeinstockDaniel Weinstock

Full Professor, Director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy

Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy, Faculties of Law and of Arts, McGill University

Previously a Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal, Daniel Weinstock held Canadian Research Chair on Ethics and Political Philosophy. He was also the director of the Research Centre on Ethics at Université de Montréal (CRÉUM) for many years.



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