MSA Team

Nick MacKenzie joined McGill University’s Recruitment Team in November 2018 and has been the program coordinator for the McGill Summer Academy since that time. Born and raised in the province of Quebec, Nick completed his BA at Concordia University and his MA at McMaster University before returning home to find work in Montreal. He was thrilled to have the chance to join McGill’s staff and have the opportunity to work with high school students as they undergo the transition into university. As a member of the Recruitment Team, Nick has travelled throughout parts of Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, the North-Eastern area of the United States, Ontario, and Quebec. To Nick, there is nothing greater than meeting students and parents on the road and being able to provide information and guidance about McGill and Montreal. Although he enjoys hitting the road, he knows that getting the chance to see the campus and the city personally will have a much greater impact on interested students. With that in mind, Nick enjoys coordinating the McGill Summer Academy that allows prospective students to experience the university first-hand and to experience an unforgettable summer.


Jennifer Peterman is the Senior Manager of Global Undergraduate Recruitment and Communications at McGill University and oversees recruitment initiatives for Canadian, US, and Overseas High Schools. She is a long time McGillian, having obtained both a BA and MUP from McGill, and is now completing her 20th year working at the institution. Jennifer is a huge advocate of Canadian and international education and aims to best support students and families with their university search and selection process. She serves as Chair of the Council of International Schools Asia Regional Service Committee and is a proud member and contributor to the International Association of College Admission Counselling.

Jennifer is entering her third year directing McGill Summer Academy (MSA) and is thrilled to be part of an incredible team that delivers a unique and “all encompassing” university experience for high school students in a safe and encouraging environment. The goal of MSA is to help students prepare for university while at the same time highlighting the incredible opportunities that McGill and Montreal offer. MSA strengthens a student’s academic abilities and builds on the life skills essential for a successful transition to higher education. The program includes academic coursework (studying, group work, research), skill-building (time management, program and career exploration, finances), campus and city exploration (residential living, tourism), managing mental and physical wellness, all while developing social connections with fellow participants, current McGill students, and faculty. Students finish the program with everlasting friendships and the confidence to further explore their university options. Jennifer considers MSA as one of the most rewarding experiences of her career and looks forward to welcoming the next cohort of MSA students.

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