MPP Teaching Faculty (2019-20)

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 is the full list of academics teaching public policy theory and practitioners demonstrating how to put core skills into practice for the 2019-20 year.  

Nii Addy

Assistant professor in McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management

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.

Complexity Seminar: Policymaking in a World of Business

Dale Beguin

Executive Director of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission

Has consulted for governments and organizations across Canada and internationally

Former policy advisor for the National Round Table on the environment and the economy

Policy Case Study: The Ecofiscal Commission as a Creative Policy Institution

Russell Copeman 

Former Mayor of the Borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Fourteen year tenure in the National Assembly, including Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Philippe Couillard

Policy Case Study: Pregnant women, midwives and the issue of clinic access in Nunavik

Irwin Cotler

Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Policy Case Study: Cases in the Pursuit of Justice

Adam Daifallah

Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors

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

Complexity Seminar: The Rhetoric and Communication of Public Policy

Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson

Director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute

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

Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute

Policy Case Study: Maneuvering Behind-the-Scenes of a Major Multilateral Trade Agreement

Don 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

Complexity Seminar: The Budgeting Process

Nathalie Duchesnay

President, NextStep Services

Course lecturer, MBA program at the Desautels Faculty of Management

Policy Case Study: The Rise and Fall of Canada’s State-Owned Alcohol Businesses

Mayssun El-Attar

Faculty Lecturer, Department of Economics

Core Policy Course: Analytical Methods for Policy Evaluation


Pearl Eliadis

Adjunct Professor in McGill’s Faculty of Law

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

Core Policy Course: Ethics, Rights, and Law; Policy Case Study: Preventing Violence Against Women and Children in Kenya

Joseph Heath

Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Columnist, Montreal Gazette and Policy Options magazine

Complexity Seminar: The Ethical Dimension of Policymaking

Chantal Hebert

Political columnist with the Toronto Star and a weekly participant on CBC’s The National “At Issue” panel.

Author of “French Kiss: Stephen Harper’s Blind Date with Quebec” and “The Morning After”, which was shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen prize for political writing.

Core Policy Course: The Canadian Political and Policy Landscape

Sebastien Jodoin

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Member of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment

Faculty Associate of the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale University

Complexity Seminar: Policy and Globalization

Geoff Kelley

Member of the Quebec National Assembly 1994-2018

Minister responsible for Native Affairs, 2005-7, 2011-2, 2014-8.

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

Complexity Seminar: Partisan Politics and the Policy Process

Nicholas King

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

Complexity Seminar: Science in the Policy Process

Core Policy Course: Experts, Science, and Evidence in Public Policy 

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

Policy Case Study: The Many Dimensions of the Lac Mégantic Tragedy

Mark Lloyd

Professor of Practice, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Former associate general counsel at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Worked on President Clinton’s transition team at the White House, focusing on the National Council for the Arts and advising the domestic policy office

Policy Case Study: Information Policy in the Information Age: The Case of the GDPR

Taylor 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 

Core Policy Course: Information and Media Literacy

Kevin Page

Appointed Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer in 2008

President and CEO of 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

Complexity Seminar: Achieving Policy Transparency

Ian Peach

Senior Policy Advisor at Status of Women Canada

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

Core Policy Course: Comparative Government Structures

Christopher Ragan

Economics professor and Director, Max Bell School of Public Policy; Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission

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

Core Policy Course: Global Macroeconomic Policy; Core Policy Course: Microeconomics for Public Policy

David Shribman

Executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Ten years as the Washington Bureau Chief of The Boston Globe

Core Policy Course: The U.S. Political and Policy Landscape

Evan Siddall

Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Senior Representative, Toronto Regional Office (Financial Markets) of the Bank of Canada

Member of the Board of Directors of the Davis Phinney Foundation

Policy Case Study: CMHC in Motion: Present & Future of Housing Policy in Canada

Cindy Skrzycki

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh and correspondent for GlobalPost

Former staff of the Washington Post

Core Policy Course: Information and Media Literacy for Public Policy

Jamison Steeve

Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity; Executive Director, The Martin Prosperity Institute

Former Principal Secretary, Office of the Premier of Ontario

Policy Case Study: Federal-provincial interplay in Ontario’s adoption of the Harmonized Sales Tax

John 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

Policy Case Study: The Failure of Ontario ’s Green Energy Act

Brian Topp

Former Chief of Staff to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Deputy Chief of Staff to Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow

Partner at KTG Public Affairs

Executive Director of ACTRA Toronto

Policy Case Study: The Economics and Politics of Alberta’s Climate Policy

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 

Core Policy Course: The Global Political and Policy Landscape


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