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GRADTalks presents a wide range of expert speakers ranging from world-renowned academics and pioneers in industry and innovation to leaders in government and policy. Speakers highlight the critical importance of graduate education in their professional experiences, inspiring and challenging graduate students to consider career pathways beyond their current degrees.

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Working in Government - The Future of Leadership

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Have you ever considered a career in government? At every level of government, there are potential opportunities available for graduate students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, who want to get involved, advocate for the issues that they care about, and build a meaningful career pathway!

Please join your fellow grad student colleagues for the F2021 GRADTalks where we will hear from an expert panel of individuals working in various government roles and with unique experiences in, and pathways to government work. They’ll share their own stories and strategies for getting in, for moving through a career in government, and for taking advantage of opportunities in government work. Learn firsthand about the variety of opportunities available to grad students like you!

Join us to get some great advice aimed both at grad students who might be considering a career in government, as well as those who might never have considered it.


  • Kwame Addo, Ombudsman, City of Toronto
  • Marc Mainguy, Senior Policy Advisor, Ryerson University; former Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Colleges and Universities
  • Ivonne Mellozzi, Director, Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities
  • Kelsey Merkley, Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Digital Service