McGill Alumni Public Policy Society (MAPPS)

The McGill Alumni Public Policy Society (MAPPS) enables McGill University alumni working in public policy to maintain contact with the University, and each other, for their shared benefit and the continuing vital support of McGill University.

We seek to build a vibrant McGill community to develop events and opportunities connecting alumni, as professionals in society, to each other and to the School enriching the field of Public Policy.

Our vision is to help McGill’s Public Policy graduates to stand out as leaders for advocacy and create a powerful global network of fellow alumni creating positive change worldwide. We aim to highlight their efforts and professional achievements strengthening this community and its impact on society.

We actively collaborate with the international public policy professional community, other peer policy schools and alumni worldwide, creating opportunities for our members to develop professional bonds with relevant public policy networks.

We continuously look for new ways to enhance our experience as an alum and expand professional and leadership development opportunities among our community through professional panels and networking events.


Founder & President

Nirushaa SenthilnathanNirushaa Senthilnathan

Nirushaa Senthilnathan is a Senior Policy Analyst at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), working at the intersection of human rights and housing policy under the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development. She is focused on a human rights based approach to housing and on the development of inclusive and participatory approaches to policy making through her work in helping to establish and contribute to Canada’s first ever National Housing Council.

Between 2017 and 2020, Nirushaa worked for the Honourable Irwin Cotler, former Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, as a Project Coordinator at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. Through her work in the arena of international human rights, she has helped support advocacy campaigns on behalf of political prisoners and activists fighting for fundamental freedoms around the world.

In 2016, Nirushaa was recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a Global Shaper. She then went on to run the Global Shapers Montreal Hub between 2017 and 2019, leading and mobilizing thirty young leaders to work on projects focused on creating positive impact within the spheres of women’s empowerment, combatting discrimination, refugee integration, cybersecurity, sustainability, and inclusive AI.

Nirushaa is a first generation University graduate and has recently completed a Master of Public Policy (2020) from McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy.

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Vice President

Shirley ZhangShirley Zhang

Born and raised in Vancouver, Shirley later moved away for her undergraduate studies at McGill (Class of 2016). Having been working as a Policy Analyst for the Canadian federal government, Shirley has gathered experience in providing strategic policy advice and recommendations on complex issues, including engagement and consultation with international and intergovernmental partners. Prior to her indeterminate appointment within the Government of Canada, Shirley was working full-time for the Canadian Armed Forces where she had the opportunity to embark on a High Arctic expedition.

Shirley has long been committed to a career in the public service, and her personal career plan is to continuously look for better ways to integrate interdisciplinary practices in order to serve the Canadian public. This passion was fostered through her prior participation in city youth council, British Columbia Youth Parliament, Western Canada Youth Parliament, as well as the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. During her second year of university, Shirley made the decision to enlist in the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Armed Forces. It was important for her not only to serve the country but also to demonstrate her strength as a woman in performing all of the expected tasks.

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Director of Internal Affairs

Kathryn LemieuxKathryn Lemieux

Kathryn Lemieux is currently an Account Manager at Natural Resources Canada working in the Office of Energy Efficiency on programs for residential homes. She is passionate about public service and contributing to government initiatives that are accessible to all Canadians and serve the needs of the public. Kathryn previously worked at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada in learning and career development; connecting with federal departments, academic institutions, and external training providers to support her colleagues through her substantive work as part of a completion management team and her position on the Board of Directors for the Next Generation Leaders Network.

Kathryn is a first-generation university graduate. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy (2020) and a Bachelor of Social Sciences Joint Honours in History and Political Science degree from the University of Ottawa (2016).

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Director of External Affairs

Eunice Mercado-LaraEunice Mercado-Lara

Eunice strongly believes that open and collaborative environments effectively solve the most complex problems. Over the last seven years, she has been a passionate advocate about openness regarding science and innovation policies, government, and science.

Eunice holds a major in International Relations and International Development master studies. She has collaborated as a researcher and teacher at the AidData Research Lab, the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics. She has some academic publications regarding Open Innovation, Open Government Data and Open Science. Before joining Max Bell, she worked for over five years for the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico, coordinating the National Open Science Policy.

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Director of FinanceEnkhjin “Enzo” Zorigtbaatar

Enkhjin “Enzo” Zorigtbaatar

Enzo came from Mongolia at the age of nine to Canada. Since he was a child, he always had an immense interest in politics. Growing up in the National Capital Region allowed him to be near all the political and governmental action. Enzo is also passionate about music and sports, his favorite teams are the “Habs” and the Raptors. Enzo graduated from the University of Ottawa with Joint Honours in Public Administration and Political Science.

During his undergrad, he was involved in student life by organizing the 8th edition of the Political Science Games, which brought together nine universities and also contributed to the 3rd uOttawa Public Policy Conference. Enzo interned at the Parliament of Mongolia and Canada and he is currently working as a Policy Analyst for the federal government at Public Service and Procurement Canada.

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