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External Advisors

Purpose and Mandate

Article 3 of The Ryerson University Act, 1977 legislates the objects of the University (usually referred to as the “Ryerson Mandate”):

Article 3 - The objects of the University are:

  1. The advancement of learning, and the intellectual, social, moral, cultural, spiritual, and physical development of the University's students and employees, and the betterment of society.
  2. The advancement of applied knowledge and research in response to existing and emerging societal needs and in support of the cultural, economic, social, and technological development of Ontario.
  3. The provision of programs of study that provide a balance between theory and application and that prepare students for careers in professional and quasi-professional fields.

The Department of Politics and Public Administration works very closely with a number of external advisors to ensure that the work of the Department, especially the delivery of its academic programs, contributes to the Ryerson Mandate.

The Department of Politics and Public Administration is supported actively by an Advisory Council consisting of prominent administrators and employee representatives drawn from all levels of government, the third sector, academe, organized labour, and from the ranks of program alumni.

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Each of the federal and provincial governments appoints a “Deputy Minister Champion” to provide advice and support to the Department.

Deputy Minister Champion (Federal) Deputy Minister Champion (Provincial)

Public Servant in Residence

Since 2010, the Department of Politics and Public Administration has been honoured to have a Distinguished Public Servant in Residence. In addition to facilitating closer relations with the Ontario Public Service in general, the Distinguished Public Servant in Residence has provided graduate students with wise counsel about their career plans, and for the Case Study competition, and has administered the Field Placement (PA8213) in the Public Policy and Administration MA program.

Joan Andrew was the inaugural Distinguished Public Servant in Residence, serving from May 2010 until Fall 2015.  She was followed by Frank D'Onofrio

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