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2014/2015 Fellows

Grant Bishop

With experience in law, economics and geological engineering, Grant Bishop joined the Calgary office of McKinsey & Company as an Associate Consultant in January 2016. He previously served as a judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa, articled with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto, and held a policy research fellowship with the C.D. Howe Institute focusing on competition and regulatory issues. Prior to legal work, he served at the Bank of Canada, the World Bank and Toronto-Dominion Bank authoring economic studies, including on resource royalties, fiscal federalism, financial regulation, Employment Insurance and old-age pensions, household debt and long-run growth of the Canadian economy.

His contributions to university life include serving as Rector of Queen’s University, the senior editorial board of University of Toronto’s Law Review, the Walter Gordon Symposium organizing committee, and fellowships at U of T’s Massey College and UBC’s Green College. During his engineering studies, he was involved in research regarding geotechnical risks to railways and remote oil and gas pipelines. Grant is an avid canoeist, runner and cyclist.

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Louis-François Brodeur

Louis-François Brodeur holds an MA in political philosophy, is a doctoral candidate in administration at HEC Montreal and has received a doctoral grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). His research focuses on professors’ academic freedom: how it emerges, interacts with its environment and changes. In recent years he has had the opportunity to present his research at numerous international forums. Alongside his academic activities, he serves on FQRSC’s Board of Directors.

His interests led him to be involved in many organizations. He has been President of Force Jeunesse —which promotes and works towards improving youth’s job prospects and equity between generations,— administrator at the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) —which promotes diffusion of knowledge,— and graduate student representative at the University of Montreal (FAÉCUM). In addition to having organized, hosted and participated in several conferences on union renewal, secularism, reasonable accommodations, the future of civil service, he has also written on the university system. Finally, in his spare time, he is a cycling enthusiast and novice gardener.

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Linda Hathout

Linda Hathout is passionate about making the Canadian health care system the best in the world. She has spent the last 10 years helping to re-engineer health care services in Winnipeg and understanding its complexities. The Service Redesign Team she developed was given an Accreditation Canada Best Practice Award in 2012. Prior to health care, she worked on the railroad, in aerospace, at LEGO in Denmark, and as a Reserve Communications Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Hathout completed an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering followed by a Master’s of Science, focusing on robotics and cellular manufacturing at the University of Manitoba while concurrently completing an Honours degree in Sociology at the University of Winnipe

She was re-educated in life skills by her two sons. While Winnipeg is home, she was born in Belgium to a Belgian Catholic and an Egyptian Muslim - resulting in a good sense of humour. Her travels imbued her with a fascination for alternative social systems and the possibilities for improving our own. Hathout is happiest in a canoe, and is very committed to outdoor and inquiry-based learning. She supports this through volunteering with sports organizations and her work with the Association for Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, for which she was appointed to the Engineers Canada Fellowship.

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Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge

Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. In her teens, she was involved with Espoir Jeunesse, organizing activities in French to get young people engaged. She attended regional and national youth parliaments, sparking her interest in Canadian politics. She was also a youth ambassador throughout Canada, France and Japan. Véronique attended the University of Victoria where she obtained a B.A. with distinction in political science and environmental studies. After her studies, she worked for the Yukon Ombudsman & Information and Privacy Commissioner, providing research and communications assistance. During this time, she was selected as the Canadian youth representative at the 2010 Sommet International de la Francophonie and she received the Youth Award from the Association Franco-Yukonnaise for her contributions to the community.

Following her passion for storytelling, Véronique pursued a master in journalism at Ryerson University. For her graduate research, she created a website highlighting the history and experiences of Yukon women in politics and how lessons learned from the territory could be used to get more women involved in politics across the country. Her research received the Joseph-Armand-Bombardier scholarship and made the Top 25 in SSHRC’s Storytellers Contest. During her studies Véronique interned at CBC News and the Canadian International Council. In 2013, she was selected as a Leader of Tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland. She worked as an associate producer for TFO’s public affairs show, 360, before joining Navigator Ltd. as a public affairs consultant in Toronto. Véronique has travelled to over 25 countries on four continents. Other than globetrotting, her interests include Canadian politics, women in politics, international and intergovernmental relations and the North.

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Catherine Jobin

Catherine Jobin is an international affairs and public policy professional. She is currently a senior analyst at the Privy Council Office, where she develops advice and supports decision-making. Recruited through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, Catherine has worked at the Canadian International Development Agency as a senior analyst and team leader in strategic roles, including in support of the international development agenda for Canada’s 2010 G8 presidency. She was also posted at the Canadian Embassy to Afghanistan (Kabul) as a First Secretary (Development). In that capacity, she managed economic development projects and led on engagement with Afghan and international community partners.

Catherine has interned with Radio-Canada in Montreal, with Montréal International, and has spent time in El Salvador on an international development internship. Catherine holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and resided at Goodenough College, and a Master’s degree from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris). She graduated from the Université de Montréal with a BSc in international studies. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a year on exchange at Dartmouth College (United States) as a Killam Fellow. Catherine speaks French, English and Spanish, as well as some German.

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Jovana Kaludjerovic

Jovana Kaludjerovic is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellow, currently training at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where she is developing tools to uncover how hormones effect the development and progression of bone and mineral disorders. This work builds on her doctoral training at the University of Toronto that characterized how early life exposure to plant estrogens in soy infant formula impact bone development and reproductive health. Following her training abroad, Jovana hopes to secure a faculty position at one of Canada’s leading academic universities and develop a research program focused on early life nutrition and long-term programming of health.

Jovana has been recognized for her contributions through several prestigious awards, including The University of Toronto Award of Excellence, The Adel Sedra Leadership Award, and was a finalist for The Governor General Gold Medal Award. Most notably, she is the youngest person and the only Canadian to be elected as the International Endocrine Scholar by the American and European Society of Endocrinology. Outside of academia, Jovana is applying her expertise in the field of nutrition to global health issues by working with NGOs such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In this capacity, she helps develop new approaches and protocols to improve maternal and infant survival in developing countries through nutrition interventions. In her free time, Jovana is an avid skier, world traveler and amateur painter.

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Jesse Kancir

Jesse Kancir serves as the national voice for medical students as President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and Board Director of the Canadian Medical Association. A final year medical student at the University of Toronto and a Massey College Junior Fellow, his passion for public policy is rooted in the belief of its equal importance to conventional medical approaches for health improvement. This Northern Ontarian was drawn to healthcare as an undergraduate studying biotechnology and economics at the University of Waterloo when an industrial hand injury motivated him to complete graduate studies in health policy and economics at LSE before beginning medicine.

Now entering residency at UBC in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, he plans to work at the interface of medicine and public policy with special interests in behavioural public policy, pharmaceutical economics, and health impact assessments. His experiences include work with the Canadian International Development Agency, the Department of Finance Canada, Public Health Ontario, and Health Quality Ontario. Jesse also has a strong interest in medical humanities and has been a driving force behind projects to increase arts and humanities in medical education. An avid reader, he also enjoys cinema and playing the piano.

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Matthew Kington

Matthew Kington was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia where he currently works as a Senior Consultant in KPMG LLP’s Corporate Finance and Valuations Advisory group. In his practice, Matthew focuses on mid-market divestitures, acquisitions and financings. Matthew attended Western University, where he received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a focus on International Relations. During his time at Western he was heavily involved in student government, holding positions as faculty President and Vice President Finance of the University Students’ Council. Matthew’s experiences in student government sparked his passion for finance and non-profit management.

Following his undergraduate degree, Matthew completed his graduate Diploma in Accounting at the University of British Columbia, and spent time traveling throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Matthew obtained his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation at KPMG LLP, working with both public and private clients in a diverse array of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and distribution, aerospace and financial services and non-profit. Matthew spends his time outside of work advising non-profit organizations and social enterprises in the Greater Vancouver Area on issues surrounding governance and financial sustainability. Matthew is an avid guitar player, vocalist, traveler and PADI certified advanced open water diver.

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Morvan Le Borgne

Morvan Le Borgne is Secretary General of the Association des diplômés de l’Université de Montréal, an NPO that serves some 350 000 members. Over the last 15 years, he has worked for several leading Quebec companies, including Hydro0Québec (2001-2009) and Gaz Métro (2009-2013). In 2014, he launched his own consulting firm to help organizations of all sizes focus their efforts on their ultimate goals, optimize their networks and manage organizational transformations. Morvan was head of mission for Public Relations without Borders (RPSF), with the Tunisian Observatory for the independence of the judiciary (Marsed Khada). He is an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program (2014) and of Action Canada’s leadership development program (2014-2015).

Morvan was Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM) (2008-2009) and of the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ) (2010), as well as administrator (2010-2011) and Interim Executive Director (2014) of the JCCM. Morvan holds a master’s degree in public communication form Laval University (1999) in Québec and a bachelor’s degree, information and communications, from Université catholique de l'Ouest in Angers (1995). He has two sons.

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Emilie Nicolas

Originally from Lévis, QC, Emilie Nicolas is a Vanier Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Using the context of Francophonie, she researches the role of a shared language in social inclusion and international solidarity. Emilie’s academic interests are directly connected to her engagement with public affairs. More specifically, her involvement in youth politics led her to coordinate a provincial consultation on cynicism and democracy and to act as policy director and spokesperson for a political convention on Quebec identity and cultural diversity.

Since that time, she has contributed to various non-profit organizations in Montreal and Toronto, and currently sits on the boards of the Couchiching Institute of Public Affairs and of the Broadbent Institute. She is also a co-founder and the President of Québec Inclusif, a movement that unites active citizens from across the political spectrum of Quebec society to promote respect for religious diversity and intercultural understanding. Currently a Junior Fellow at Massey College, Emilie holds a Harry Jerome Award for Leadership along with a Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. She speaks French, English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

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Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson is of First Nations descent, and is a proud member of the Saulteau First Nation and the Fort Nelson First Nation in British Columbia. She studied at the University of British Columbia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in First Nations Studies, and has worked for years with First Nations, federal and provincial governments. Sarah has extensive knowledge of ongoing land claims processes in British Columbia, and is passionate about building understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

She is heavily involved in the activities of west coast Vancouver Island communities and organizations, including the Leadership Vancouver Island (West Coast Chapter) program and environmental groups such as Clayoquot Biosphere Trust and the Central Westcoast Forest Society. Sarah currently works as the Director of Operations at the Toquaht Nation on Vancouver Island, and lives in their remote community of Macoah along the shores of Barkley Sound.

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Rann Sharma

Rann serves as the Global Human Resources Director for Free The Children. She has worked with staff across Canada, India, Kenya and most recently, expanding to the US and the UK. She has ensured the recognition of Free The Children as Canada’s Top Employer for Young People and Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2013. Rann has been awarded admission into the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Wisdom II Mentorship Program featuring Canada’s most influential female audience. She serves on the University of Toronto’s Career Centre Advisory Board and has contributed as a speaker for programs like First in Family Peer Mentor Program, Start Me Up Series for Young Entrepreneurs: "Think Like an Entrepreneur and Get Hired", Perspectives on the Labour Market.

Rann holds master’s degrees from Lancaster University and Trent University. She has worked on the Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme held in partnership through the Japanese and Canadian governments and has the global perspective of travel to over 20 plus countries. Rann has been profiled in Maclean’s magazine University Rankings Edition, Education Today, Charity Village and The National Post. Rann also serves as a mentor to a Top 20 Under 20 recipient and volunteers reading to new Canadian children.

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Raven Smith

Raven is an innovator and entrepreneur with a passion for pushing boundaries and building new products and services that create meaningful impact and improve lives. Currently, she is a Senior Associate at Innosight, a global strategy and innovation consultancy based in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she helps global companies to achieve growth by making innovation more repeatable through organizational capability building, identifying and pursuing market opportunities, and designing innovative solutions.

Prior to Innosight, Raven primarily worked in financial services with a focus on business and product development in emerging market financial services to low-income individuals and small businesses. In particular, she managed the development of new microinsurance products, programs, and partnerships at several global insurers. Her work experience includes Zurich Financial Services, AIG Consumer Finance, American International Underwriters and Edward Jones Investments. Raven has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy where she focused on international business and development economics. Raven was born in Caribou Crossing, Yukon Territory and is a proud member of the Carcross-Tagish First Nation. She spent her childhood enjoying the beauty of the Yukon during summer and going to school in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Pankaj Sood

Pankaj Sood is currently reading for his PhD at University of Cambridge. Pankaj has recently concluded his role with the McMaster RFID Applications Lab (MRAL), a lab he had cofounded as an experiment to enhance training and education of graduate and undergraduate students. Under his leadership MRAL had supported over 50 students and had grown to provide services and develop projects and relationships across multiple industries (Healthcare, Transportation, Retail and Manufacturing) as well as across multiple regions including North America, Caribbean, South East Asia and the Middle East. Prior to MRAL, Pankaj had worked for Deloitte, IBM and RIM.

Pankaj has recently concluded his Kauffman Fellowship with the Centre for Venture Education. He is a member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows and is involved in providing mentorship to various startups in Canada and India. Pankaj holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Engineering in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from McMaster University. Pankaj has lived in four countries, across four continents. Besides work, Pankaj loves to travel and explore new cultures.

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James Stuewe

Supporting the Clerk and the Prime Minister, James works with the Business Transformation and Renewal Secretariat, in the Privy Council Office with the Federal Government in Ottawa. He is currently seconded on Executive Interchange from the Royal Bank of Canada where he works as a Manager in the enterprise-wide Strategy and Transformation Services team. At RBC he provides management consulting expertise to groups across the organization, the group works with senior executives to guide strategy and solve challenges facing RBC’s global business.

James brings a mix of private and public sector experience, as well as a deep involvement in, and commitment to, his community. He helped author a globally published white paper while a consultant with Deloitte, where he served public service clients across Ontario. The paper, done in collaboration with the Institute of Corporate Directors, explores issues of governance and accountability for corporate boards, their relation to government and the public. James has since completed the ICD’s Governance for Not-for-Profit Boards certificate. Prior to working in Toronto, James worked for both municipal and provincial governments in Nova Scotia. Born in Saskatchewan, he considers Halifax his home, a community with which he is still strongly connected. James received both his degrees from Dalhousie University; a Bachelor of Management and Masters of Public Administration. He was appointed a member of the Dalhousie Alumni Association Board in 2009, and currently chairs the Board’s Chapters Committee.

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Jennifer Zwicker

Jennifer Zwicker is passionate about social policy and healthcare reform. She completed a BSc (Honours) in Physiology and Developmental Biology and a PhD in Neurophysiology at the University of Alberta. During graduate school, she was engaged in fostering innovation in informed policy development and science communication through interdisciplinary collaboration. As policy chair and conference director for the Alberta Graduate Council, volunteer coordinator for Let’s Talk Science and outreach co-chair for the Canadian Science Policy Center she advocated for the important role graduates of science programs can play outside of the academic community.

Originally from Calgary, Jennifer returned to her hometown to complete a Master of Public Policy from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, where she currently works in health policy as a Research Associate. Her focus is on innovation and health economics where she collaborates with stakeholders to develop health policy to foster effective and financially stable health care systems. A former Canadian Interuniversity Sport national champion, Gail Wilson player of the year in field hockey, and University of Alberta’s Block A Award recipient, Jennifer’s athletic pursuits are now focused on triathlon training and competition. Other extracurricular interests involve skiing, hiking and biking in the Canadian Rockies.

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