Max Bell School Faculty 2023-24

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 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

Christopher.Ragan [at]

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

Andrew2.Potter [at]


Nathalie Duchesnay

Policy Lab Coordinator, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Course lecturer, MBA program at the Desautels Faculty of Management

President, NextStep Services

Nathalie.Duchesnay [at]


Pearl Eliadis

Pearl Eliadis

Associate Professor (Professional), 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

Pearl.Eliadis [at]


Leslie Fierro

Leslie Fierro

Sydney Duder Professor in Program Evaluation, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Formerly worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Deloitte Consulting LLP, Claremont Graduate University, and the International Development Research Centre.

Co Editor-in-Chief of New Directions for Evaluation

Leslie.Fierro [at]

Rees Kassen

Director, Trottier Institute of Science and Public Policy, McGill University

Full Professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, and in the Max Bell School of Public Policy 

Rees.Kassen [at]


Taylor Owen

Taylor Owen (on sabbatical)

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

Taylor.Owen [at]

Vincent Rigby

Vincent Rigby

Slater Family Professor of Practice, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Former National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister

vincent.rigby [at]


Daniel Weinstock

Full Professor and 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, C.M. held the 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.

Daniel.Weinstock2 [at]


Jennifer 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

Jennifer.Welsh [at]

MPP Teaching Faculty (2023-24)


Ken Boessenkool

Campaign Manager for Rajan Sawhney, 2020-2021 J.W. McConnell Professor of Practice

Research Fellow at the CD Howe Institute, contributor to The Line and President and founder of Sidicus Consulting Ltd


Neil Bouwer

Professor of Practice, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Assistant Deputy Minister, Government of Canada

Laura 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 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


Mayssun El-Attar

Faculty Lecturer, Department of Economics

Debbie Field & David Kraft

Coordinator, Coalition for Healthy School Food

Associate Member, Centre for Studies in Food Security, Toronto Metropolitan University

Yolande James

Yolande James


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

Julian Vikan Karaguesian

Director for Research, Economic Policy, Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)

Former Special Advisor, International Trade and Finance Branch, Finance Canada

Course Lecturer, Economics, McGill University

Geoffrey 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 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 King

Nicholas King 

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

Sonia Laszlo

Sonia 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).

Louis Levesque

Louis Levesque

CEO of Finance Montreal

Former Deputy Minister of Transport Canada

Over 30 years of experience in the public service with senior roles at Finance Canada, Privy Council Office, and International Trade

Michael McAdoo

Michael McAdoo

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

Jesse McCormick

Senior VP, Research, Innovation and Legal Affairs for the First Nations Major Projects Coalition

Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng

Foreign Service Officer, Global Affairs Canada

Cheryl Oates

Principal at gt&co

Previously Executive Director, Communications and Planning, Office of the Premier of Alberta

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Toronto

Senior Fellow, Massey College

Affiliate Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Kevin 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

Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

McConnell Visiting Scholar (2023-2024)

Expert on human trafficking, labour migration and human rights; 2021 O’Brien Fellow in Residence

David 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 Skrzycki

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh

Correspondent, GlobalPost

Former staff of the Washington Post

John Stewart

Policy Director, Economist and Manager

Formerly 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

Narendra Subramanian

Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Brian 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



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