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Awards

Graduate Awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to graduate students on a competitive basis. We want to make sure you are successful in meeting the financial demands of your graduate education. If you have questions about these scholarship and award programs, please contact the Program Administrator. The Yeates School of Graduate Studies administers various Scholarships and Awards.  Other funding sources are available as well. There are also a number of program-specific awards available within the MA in Public Policy and Administration.  Click below for further information on the awards and previous winners.

Current Awards – Program Specific

The St. George’s Society of Toronto / Bill Davis Graduate Entrance Awards in Public Policy and Administration will recognize academic excellence and provide support for two incoming students enrolled in the MPPA Program. The St. George’s Society of Toronto – the city’s oldest charity – was founded in 1834. As the Society is a great supporter of education, these awards are a fitting tribute to Bill Davis, who gave his whole career to public service. The endowed fund will provide two annual entrance awards of up to $4,500 each.

Award Winners
 

Chante Barnwell (2019)

Chante Barnwell is a full-time student in the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program at Ryerson University. Born in Toronto, Canada, Chante is a multidisciplinary visual artist, documentarian and scholar, who in 2014, obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree, Specialist in Art and Culture, Major in Studio (Visual Arts) and a Minor in Art History from the University of Toronto. In 2018, she graduated from Ryerson University with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Documentary Media and has held leadership positions in several local, national and international initiatives, accumulating over 5000 volunteer hours. Due to her academic excellence and community contributions to various organizations across the City of Toronto, Chante was selected as the 2009 (OCNA) Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year award winner, representing Scarborough and was honoured by the former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable David C. Onley, at a ceremony in the Ontario Legislative building, Queen’s Park. While conducting research for her MFA degree, she became interested in the social and political implications of cultural policy, which led her to pursue a second Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. Upon graduating from the MPPA program in 2020, she will continue to contribute her time to community initiatives that focus on social justice, art, culture and citizen-centred policy implementation in Canada.

 

Lucas Meilach-Boston (2019)

Lucas Meilach-Boston is currently enrolled in the Masters in Public Policy and Administration program at Ryerson University. Lucas graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Cultural Studies in 2014, and spent the intervening five years pursuing a variety of passions. He has worked as the program manager at a small non-profit organization fighting food insecurity through urban harvesting and food skills training programs, and as a community researcher seeking to identify policy options to support young artists impacted by the gig economy. He has also toured across North America in a (still) emerging rock band, and has spent considerable time in Labrador with Innu First Nations elder and activist Elizabeth Tshaukuesh Penashue. Having learned a tremendous amount from these experiences, he aims to bring a commitment to community-based policy development and a uniquely creative perspective to his studies and future professional work in public policy.

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Mavis Chan (2017)

Mavis is a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration Candidate at Ryerson University. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s of Environmental Studies, in which she took part in the co-operative education program and had the opportunity to work in the private, and public sectors and in a startup. During her last year of undergraduate studies, she started an organization to engage the youth vote in the 2015 federal election. Her interests lie in climate change policy, democratic reform, and youth engagement. Having lived and worked in different cities across Canada, Mavis is interested in a career in federal politics and playing a role in representing individuals across Canada.

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Anum Dhalwani (2017)

Anum Dhalwani is a student in the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program at Ryerson University. Having spent a majority of her childhood and youth in Pakistan, Anum noted the ways in which a lack of inclusive policies affected the most marginalized and vulnerable.  Subsequently, she pursued a Bachelors in Economics, at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, focusing specifically on development policies for the poorest of the poor. Post-graduation, she worked with various social development organizations for low-income communities in Pakistan. After immigrating to Canada, she continued her work for social justice by working with non-profits such as Youth Challenge International, and The Lung Association. Working with these community-based organizations informed her further of the need for evidence-based policies in ensuring that the needs of the most vulnerable in the community are met. Anum is currently pursuing a co-op placement at the Ministry of Infrastructure, where she is working on design-thinking to ensure that infrastructure investments reach communities which need them the most. Upon graduating from this program, she hopes to continue using evidence-based policy in the Ontario Public Service to ensure that policies developed are inclusive to the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.

Shannon Donnelly

Shannon  Donnelly (2016)

Shannon Donnelly is a student in the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program at Ryerson University. Shannon graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree with a Joint Major in History and English Literature, and earned President’s Honour Roll status. She also holds a Bachelor of Education degree and is an Ontario Certified Teacher, qualified to teach all grade levels. In addition to teaching for two public school boards, she has been a Coordinator for both a nonprofit organization and a municipal government within the City Clerk’s Office. She plans to continue to contribute to the public sector through development, analysis and implementation of policies that focus on efficiency, transparency and innovation. Shannon’s diverse work, volunteer and academic experience motivate her to continue making a positive and lasting impact in her community. 

Beth Spratt

Beth Spratt (2016)

Beth Spratt is currently pursuing an MA in Public Policy and Administration at Ryerson University. She holds a BA in Political Studies as well as a JD from Queen's University. She completed an LL.M. at the University of Toronto in 2011. Beth practiced in immigration and refugee, civil litigation, and estates law before deciding to focus her passion for social justice into a career in public policy. She is interested in working on issues faced by marginalized communities, particularly women and girls, and hopes to work on policy alternatives that help address and alleviate injustices faced by these communities.

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Eglantina Bacaj-Gondia (2015)

Eglantina Bacaj-Gondia is pursuing her Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program at Ryerson University.  After attaining her BA in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle in the US, Eglantina worked in the nonprofit sector providing social services to torture survivors, individuals impacted by natural disasters, and sexual assault survivors.  She is interested in immigration policy, particularly in refugee resettlement issues.  Eglantina hopes to influence the development of specialized programs to address the multifaceted needs of refugees seeking asylum in Canada.

Kenneth Santos

Kenneth Santos (2015)

Kenneth Santos is a candidate in the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program at Ryerson University. He holds an Honours Bilingual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French Studies (Minor) from Glendon College at York University and a Bachelor of Education degree (Concurrent) from York University. He is an Ontario Certified Teacher and has been teaching at the Toronto Catholic District School Board since 2012. He is also a social justice advocate for the Filipino Canadian community through the Magkaisa Centre, a progressive Filipino Canadian organization based in Toronto. He is interested in education, labour, immigration, settlement and LGBTQ issues in public policies. Upon completion of the program, he intends to help develop alternative policies that will be of benefit to racialized, immigrant and other marginalized communities in Canada.

Tara Disenhouse

Tara Disenhouse (2014)

Tara Disenhouse is a student in the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program at Ryerson University. Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Kinesiology from Western University, where she delved into the dynamic interaction of exercise and science. During her undergraduate career, Tara worked for the Chief of Cardiology at SickKids Hospital, where she published two medical research papers found in the Journal of Physiological Science. As well, she was chosen to help run a study on accessibility and diversity for the Chief of Geriatric Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. Tara’s time spent volunteering in a variety of integrated healthcare environments taught her how important it is for healthcare organizations to integrate their services, to create accessible, appropriate and comprehensive care pathways for the community. Tara hopes to one day become an influential leader in healthcare policy-making. She hopes to profoundly change lives, by improving a community’s ability to deliver quality healthcare, in an effective, caring and compassionate manner.
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Xheni Foto (2014)

Xheni Foto is a student in the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration program at Ryerson University. Xheni graduated summa cum laude with a Honours Double Major in Political Science and Law and Society at York University. As a legal assistant, Xheni experienced first-hand the Canadian legal system and the application of laws to real life situations. This, combined with her volunteering experience within non-for profit organizations that assist new immigrants, individuals coming from low-income families and domestic abuse, are what have shaped her career goals. Xheni would like to utilize her academic background and experience in order to build a stronger, safer, and healthier community through policies and a commitment to justice and equity.
Gwen Hughes

Gwen Hughes (2013)

Gwen Hughes is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration at Ryerson University. In addition to receiving the St. George’s Society of Toronto award, she is also the recipient of a Ryerson Graduate Award. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies at the University of Winnipeg, where she received numerous awards including the Margaret Penwarden Scholarship. Following her undergraduate degree, Gwen worked in various governmental and non-governmental positions in Canada, the United States, and Brazil. Most recently, Gwen worked for 6 years with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. Upon completion of her Masters, Gwen plans to pursue a role in the provincial government focused on community economic development. She would like to develop policy that assists youth and new immigrants to access entrepreneurship opportunities. Gwen enjoys travel, music and the arts, and loves spending time with her husband and daughter Amaya.
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Alzira Islamovic (2013)

Alzira Islamovic is Master of Public Policy and Administration Candidate at Ryerson University.  Alzira holds Batchelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University, with major in sociology. She also holds certificate in British Columbia United Way Public Policy Institute. During her undergraduate career, Alzira published a paper in the local student newspaper on Canadian immigration system, and she was chosen to present a working paper at SFU Conference on the new work in social research. While attending university, she worked in telecommunication industry where she held several managerial positions.  Alzira’s passion to social equality, justice and fairness led her to volunteer and eventually obtain a position at MOSAIC, one of the most reputable settlement agencies in Vancouver. Her hobbies include tutoring, creative writing, and biking.  Alzira hopes to one day, continues making a difference in the lives of newcomers to Canada by working in the department of Citizenship and Immigration.

The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) offers scholarships to full time MA students studying at Ryerson University on a migration and/or migrant integration-related topic. 

The scholarship involves a total of $10,000 support ($3,000 for the Fall and Winter terms, $4,000 for the spring/summer term).

View more about the CERC Migration Graduate Student Stipend.

The Award will be given to a student beginning the MA in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) at Ryerson. It should be offered to a student in financial need with a commitment to public service, a passion for local communities, and a desire to alleviate economic inequality.

Don Richmond (1932-2019) was an outstanding public servant and a compassionate mentor. At senior levels of federal, provincial and municipal government, Don always found time and energy to support the next generation of civic leaders.

Don’s long and illustrious career in public service started in 1958 at Queen’s Park, with later positions in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa and the Ontario Economic Council. His municipal career began in 1974 in the Office of the Metro Chairman at Metropolitan Toronto. He subsequently served as Deputy Commissioner of Planning, where he led the development of the 1981 Metro Official Plan; was General Manager of the Metropolitan Toronto Housing Company Ltd.; and eventually Commissioner of Community Services. Throughout all these roles, Don was known as an inclusive and supportive leader, and he served as a key mentor for many who have gone on to pursue notable public service careers. The Don Richmond Award in Public Policy & Administration has been established by Don’s family to continue his legacy for generations to come.

Award Winners

Mahsa Aghamiri (2019)

Mahsa Aghamiri is a Masters of Public Policy and Administration candidate at Ryerson University. She has an innate desire to pursue a public service career focused on helping others. Whether it is through her community volunteer work, leadership development involvement, or education, she has always wanted to expand her knowledge and take an active role in contributing to sustainable and creative solutions focused on alleviating economic inequality through public service.

Prior to beginning her graduate studies in Public Policy and Administration at Ryerson, she worked over two years as a Research and Operations Associate for a special project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. In this role, she was the lead project manager for several pan-provincial events and research projects related to workforce development and vulnerable populations. Mahsa has also been heavily involved in the non-profit sector through her volunteer work at several organizations in Toronto including: Innocence Canada, the Yellow Brick House women’s shelter, and serving as a teacher’s assistant at low-income schools while completing her Volunteers Assisting Students and Teachers (VAST) certification in 2016. She has also been actively involved in several initiatives and projects at Ryerson including the Ryerson Law Network (which she founded), the Ryerson Undergraduate Research Conference, and serving as a representative on the Arts and Contemporary Studies Undergraduate Course Union while completing her degree and minor in criminal law. Mahsa has continued her active engagement as a student in the MPPA program and is currently a student representative on the MPPA Program Council, Vice President of Education and Professional Development for the MPPA Course Union, and a representative of current students on the Ryerson University Public Policy and Administration Alumni Association executive.

Mahsa is honoured to be the first recipient of the Don Richmond Award. Her program of studies and career aspirations reflect the values and spirit of the Don Richmond Award as she is committed to public service and pursuing a career focused on local communities and helping improving the lives of vulnerable peoples.

Deadline: 30 September of each year

The PDF fileGeoffrey F. Bruce Fellowship is designed to generate research recommendations that shape public policy related to freshwater resources in Canada.

$25,000 annually in fellowships to fund up to 2 graduate projects in Canadian water policy.  Fellowships may be held for up to 2 years.

Research projects should be rooted in the social sciences and contribute to interdisciplinary analysis and discussion of freshwater governance and policy in Canada.

The PDF fileHydro One Aboriginal Award is given to up to two Aboriginal graduate students studying Public Policy at Ryerson University. 

Award Winners
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Megan Lewis (2017)

Public Policy and Administration (MA)

Supervisors:  Drs. Cindy Blackstock and Pamela Palmater

Major Research: Supporting Indigenous Children and Youth Through Post-Secondary Education Reform.

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Ashley Richardson (2016)

Policy Studies (PhD)

Supervisor:  Dr. Carolyn Johns

Topic: the implementation of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNMI) Education Policy Framework within Ontario schools.

Athena Bedassigae Pheasant

Athena Bedassigae Pheasant (2015)

Public Policy and Administration (MA)

Major Research: the intersection of traditional Anishinaabe governance structures and the current model of Indigenous governance and leadership in the Manitoulin Island and North Shore area.

Kalin Dokis

Kalin Dokis (2013) 

Public Policy and Administration (MA)

Major Research: The Neo-Liberal Art Museum

Réal Carrière (2012) 

Policy Studies (PhD)

Supervisor: Dr. Pamela Palmater

Topic: Indigenous Governance: A Qualitative Study of Swampy Cree Perception on Indigenous Governance

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Sean Hillier (2012)

Policy Studies (PhD)

Supervisor:  Dr. Lynn Lavallée

Topic: An evaluation of governmental policy relating to HIV/AIDS funding and service delivery within First Nations communities in Ontario, Canada

Tanner Tootoosis (2011)

Public Policy and Administration (MA)

Course Option

Willmott

Kyle Willmott (2010)

Public Policy and Administration (MA)

Major Research: Social Media and Political Activism

Snow

Katherine Snow (2009)

Public Policy and Administration (MA)

Major Research: Aboriginal Health Policy in Ontario

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Matthew Rosenfeld (2008)

Public Policy and Administration (MA)

Major Research: Environmental Scan for a Three-Year Strategic Aboriginal Education Plan: Submitted to the Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities.

Chabbert

Patty Chabbert (2007)

Public Policy and Administration (MA)

Major Research: Youth Suicide Prevention Policy and Programs in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

Summers

Shylo Summers (2006)

Public Policy and Administration (MA)

Major Research: Public-Private Partnerships: Implications For Indigenous Governance

  • This bursary has been created by RUPPAA, external link to assist a future MPPA student who needs assistance to bridge a financial gap.
  • It will not necessarily be offered every year.

Current Awards - General

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Building on David Suzuki’s legacy, the David Suzuki Fellowship, external link program will help the next generation of leaders tackle complex environmental problems. Successful fellows will embody David’s research excellence and his ability to motivate people to make a difference.

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) organize a national public administration case competition, external link open to student teams from programs in public policy and/or public administration.

IPAC/CAPPA award Case Team 2013
(L to R): Jonathan Cavell (alternate), Kristina Sannuto (Captain), Bryan Evans (Coach), Nicola Sears-Williams, and Farah Prashadcolah

2013

Ryerson’s team won bronze at the second annual competition, which was hosted by Queen’s University on 08 February 2013. Congratulations!

The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration, external link, a joint initiative of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), aims to recognize talent in Canadian schools at the regional level and at the national level. It will promote excellence in public administration and showcase the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year.

Award Winners
Gwen Hughes

Gwendolyn Gael Hughes (2014)

Gwendolyn Gael Hughes won the BRONZE award in the 2014 competition of the National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration, external link, opens in new window. The award was presented at the 66th IPAC National Conference, held in Edmonton, Alberta on June 1 – 4, 2014.

 

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Sasha Tregebov (2010)

Sasha Tregebov won the GOLD award in the National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration, external link, opens in new window, beating out a half-dozen finalists from across the country. He collected his prize in front of hundreds of assembled public servants (and some academics) on Tuesday 24 August 2010 in Ottawa.

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Each year, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) presents one national award to a promising new public service professional who is an emerging leader within the public sector and represents the ideals, values and abilities of sound public administration. The recipient of the national Promising New Public Servant Award, external link is determined by a selection committee based on the quality of the submission and information provided.

Deadline: 20 October of each year

Papers submitted should relate, broadly, to the main normative principles for which the Coxes stand, including: diffusion of power; democratization; mutual respect for distinct civilizations, concern for the biosphere; and, greater equality among societies, genders, and races.

Learn more, external link

The LIFE (Learning Is ForEver) Institute, external link Jack Brown Award is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student for demonstrated interest in and/or involvement in studies or activities which enhance the quality of life for seniors.

Award Winners
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Justin Zelasko (2011)

One of the winners for 2011 is Justin Zelasko in recognition of his research work on aging and the long term care support needs of LGBT older people.

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Katherine Snow (2010)

One of the winners for 2010 is Katherine Snow for her graduate research work on the health and well-being of older Aboriginal Peoples.

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Sarah Smith (2009)

One of the winners for 2009 is Sarah Smith for her extensive undergraduate and graduate research work which supports the needs of older people aging in place.

This award programme was initiated in 2003 by Dr. Jennifer Allen Simons, President of The Simons Foundation, external link, in partnership with the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP), external link of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) (now Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)). The primary objective of the Awards is to enhance Canadian graduate level scholarship on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament (NACD) issues.  The Simons Foundation is a charitable organization in Vancouver, Canada, with a focus on education on nuclear disarmament, international law and human security.

Award Winners
Olivia Cimo

Olivia Cimo (2013 – 2014)

 

Historical Awards

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Ontario, external link Award will be offered to an incoming student enrolled in the MPPA Program, whose research interests intersect with CCPA’s stated mission and goals, and relate in some meaningful way to CCPA Ontario’s current projects and initiatives. One award of $2,500 will be provided each year for a minimum of five years, beginning in 2013-2014.

Award Winners
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Nick Zebryk (2017-18)

Nick Zebryk graduated in 2011 from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelors of Political Science (Honours).  He attended the Balsillie School of International Affairs in 2013 where he completed his Masters of International Public Policy.  He began working as a researcher at the Balsillie School, working on issues surrounding health financing and HIV and AIDS responses in Southern Africa.  He has published reports, commentaries, and articles for UNAIDS, DFID, USAID, UNICEF, the Gates Foundation, CJAS, and AJAR.  In 2017 he enrolled at Ryerson University in the Masters of Public Policy and Administration program, where he began conducting research on labour markets, precarious employment, and basic income.  

The generous funding granted through the CCPA Ontario Award has allowed him to pursue a career in provincial-level policy work focusing on the intersection between health, education, and employment.  He plans to continue working on progressive and innovative policy solutions with an emphasis on social equality and sustainability."

Kurt Powell

Kurt Powell (2016-17)

Kurt Powell graduated in 2016 from the University of Windsor with a Bachelors of Environmental Studies (Honours). In the summer of 2014, at the University of Alaska Southeast, he conducted glaciological research   with the Juneau Icefield Research Project (JIRP) to understand the impacts of climate change. He then became deeply involved in a variety of environment-related campaigns both on and off campus, as well as other social justice activity, which led to an interest in improving the ways in which people organise. He received $12,000 grant to develop a start-up business that, with simplicity and ease of use, could help to organize the movement. The business is ongoing.

Kurt appreciates the intersectionality of the environment, politics, business, and social justice, and sees his next step as researching the intersectionality of First Nations and environmental law while fighting for progressive change. His journey continues to be powered by the same thing that powers the CCPA: a passion for justice. 

Shara Santan

Shara Santan (2015-16)

Shara Santan is a graduate from the University of Waterloo, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. Shara is dedicated to supporting social justice issues, and has hosted several human rights presentations and events throughout her academic tenure. Taking the knowledge and experience gained through the Public Policy and Administration program, Shara hopes to assist disadvantaged members to break free from poverty and help them to build sustainable pillars that will  prevent deprivation from reoccurring. Motivated and determined to bring forth positive social change, Shara is confident the CCPA-Ontario Award she received will also help the greater society.

Jacinta Evans

Jacinta Evans (2014-15)

Jacinta Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (2012) and Bachelor of Education (2013) from Queen’s University. During her studies at Queen’s, she volunteered with at-risk youth groups, engaged diverse learners while on placement in Scarborough classrooms, co-led after-school literacy programming, and facilitated a program for students with learning disabilities transitioning to post-secondary education. Upon graduating, she worked at a non-profit organization where she was first involved in the development of programming for Aboriginal youth, and more recently became coordinator of recreational programs serving children in Toronto’s high needs neighbourhoods.

During her studies at Ryerson, Jacinta continues to assist young people in overcoming barriers through her role in an academic skills-building program. Her interests, experiences and professional goals have made her passionate about creating equitable opportunities for young people to build skills, experience successes, and ultimately contribute to strong communities. She writes, “With the generous funding offered through the CPPA Award and the knowledge I will gain in the MPPA program, I intend to graduate ready to pursue my dream career: working with government and communities to create reflective, responsive policies that empower young people.” These intentions align with the focus of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Mohammed Islam, winner of the 2013-14 CCPA Award

Mohammed Islam (2013-14)

Mohammed Islam graduated from Ryerson University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy and Administration program in 2014, and received the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Award for 2013/14. Mohammed also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Specialized Honours) in Political Science from York University, which he received in 2012.

Similar to the research produced by the CCPA, Mohammed’s research has often explored complex societal issues and offered viable public policy responses. Mohammed’s view is that policy responses, especially those that are likely to have far-reaching implications on society, must be supported by evidence gathered through quality research. As a policy professional, Mohammed believes that he has an obligation to promote and support evidence-based decision-making in government. By ensuring that policy responses and government decisions are supported by evidence, Mohammed argues that the potential for positive change is considerably greater, while the likelihood of adverse effects is significantly diminished.

The Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award and Young Humanitarian Award are presented annually to individuals in several Canadian provinces who have demonstrated the spirit of humanity through volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and/or philanthropy, here at home or around the world.  The Awards are presented annually in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and in each Atlantic Province.

Award Winners
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Thomas (Bobby) Cameron (2010)

Thomas (Bobby) Cameron, a graduate of UPEI (BA) and Ryerson University (MA – Public Policy and Administration, 2010), received the 2010 Prince Edward Island award in recognition of his tremendous dedication and leadership in literacy promotion, international development, volunteerism and advocacy through his local, national and international endeavours.

While studying at UPEI, the Hampton native became involved in several programs and activities to assist newcomers to Canada as well as international and Aboriginal students. Cameron affected the lives of students on campus in many ways, through his friendship, volunteer work, openness and respect for different cultures. He re-established a program called “Students for Literacy” at UPEI to help students improve their English language skills. He later co-ordinated a project with Aboriginal students where these students self-identified the challenges they encountered in post-secondary institutions. In partnership with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, Bobby Cameron assisted in the development of curriculum for parents and children who speak English as an additional language.

In 2008, he organized four teams of international students who were participating in the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Foundation, a fundraiser that was held in Charlottetown. He has also supported numerous other organizations including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Farmers Helping Farmers, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Huntington Society of Canada, the World University Service of Canada (Student Refugee Program), CUSO, Allied Youth (Peer Education Program), the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada and online advocacy sites such as the Refugee Research Network, TakingITGlobal and the Peace and Collaborative Development Network.

An ESL tutor in his home province, he also volunteered at a shelter for asylum seekers and refugees in Malta in 2008 as an English language instructor. That same year he volunteered with “Students for Development” as an Intern with a business cooperative in Kenya. Returning to Canada, Bobby applied what he learned as a delegate at the 2009 Global Youth Assembly in Edmonton, an international gathering of youth who are involved in current global issues.

He has previously received several awards and scholarships, including the PEI Community Service Bursary in 2004; McGraw-Hill Ryerson Award in 2009; and the Dan McIntyre Human Rights Award in 2010.  

In October 2010, Bobby Cameron went to Saudi Arabia to work as an English language instructor, and so was unable to attend the awards ceremony at which his award would have been presented.  

The SLC Student Engagement and Leadership Award recognizes students who have contributed actively to the growth of a stronger community within Ryerson, but it also acknowledges contributions made beyond the university’s borders. Its roots are found in the original vision of the Student Learning Centre (SLC): a centre for participation that enhances the Ryerson student experience. This award honours the impact made by the winners and encourages future students to take the lead.

Politics and Governance Awards

Students in Politics and Governance will need to apply for awards through AwardSpring, external link, unless otherwise indicated.

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To provide financial assistance and to recognize the academic achievement of a full-time student in their final year of study enrolled in the Politics and Governance BA (Honours) program who demonstrates involvement in extracurricular activities such as community involvement, politics, or volunteer work and demonstrates financial need.

Recognize a third-year student in Politics and Governance who is a first generation student, or from a traditionally underrepresented group that includes women, racialized or visible minorities, Indigenous students or students with disabilities. The student will have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated financial need.

The award recognizes the best essay written by a Ryerson student on a topic related to political or social theory. Faculty teaching any POG, POL or PPA course, the subject of which is political theory, may nominate an essay by any student in any Ryerson program for the award.

The Solly Patel Memorial Entrance Award will be awarded to up to two undergraduate students entering the Politics and Governance program. Must be a 1st year student with a minimum 80% in high school. Must demonstrate financial need.

Public Administration and Governance Awards

Students in Public Administration and Governance will need to apply for awards through AwardSpring, external link, unless otherwise indicated.

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The Caroline Wheeler Award will be given to a student in the Public Administration and Governance program who best exemplifies the characteristics and attitude of Caroline Wheeler in her role in the Department, namely: contribution to the program, support for fellow students,diligence and commitment to one's studies, and participation in the Ryerson community.

The award is intended to recognize the academic achievement of, and to provide financial assistance to, a part-time student who requires no more than six (6) one-semester course credits to graduate and who will, in the next academic year, be enrolled in his/her final year of the Public Administration and Governance program.

One award will be given to the student who has produced the best final paper in either PPA50A/B (Practicum) or PPA51A/B (Research Paper). To be considered, students must be nominated by the professors of PPA50 A/B and/or PPA51 A/B. Adjudication by Awards Committee.

For excellent academic achievement. The Hans Johanson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually (in June) to the Public Administration and Governance student who has the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average among program students graduating at either the Fall or Spring Convocations who is not receiving any other award for academic achievement.

Is awarded to three eligible students, one graduating from each level (Level I Certificate, Level II Certificate, and Level III Degree) in either Fall or Spring convocation in an academic year with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average at the time of graduation from their level.

The Solly Patel Memorial Entrance Award may be awarded to an undergraduate student entering the second year of the Public Administration and Governance program who has completed at least one course in two of the three semesters immediately preceding the award adjudication (a minimum of two courses over the previous Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer terms).

The award recognizes the best essay written by a Ryerson student on a topic related to political or social theory. Faculty teaching any POG, POL or PPA course, the subject of which is political theory, may nominate an essay by any student in any Ryerson program for the award.

Other Awards

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Jay Sussman

Jay Sussman (1956-1984)

Journalism student Jay Sussman died of cancer in November 1984, aged 28, before he was able to complete his final year in the program.  Described as “bright, committed, inquisitive and humorous,” he made a lasting impression on those who knew him.

Remembering his devotion to human rights and his belief that journalism and politics could contribute to eliminating injustice and inequality, his family and friends set up the Jay Sussman Memorial Award, to be given annually to a Journalism student entering their third year who demonstrates excellence in political studies and journalism.  Thanks to a generous donation by The Eyeopener, external link in 2011, the award will continue in perpetuity as the Eyeopener – Jay Sussman Memorial Award.  The winner of the award is chosen by the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and presented at the annual Awards Night of the School of Journalism

Images Winners


Sherina Harris (2018)

Jacob Dubé, Editor-in-Chief of the Eyeopener (L), presents the 2018 Eyeopener-Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Sherina Harris (R) on 23 November 2018.


Sarah Krichel (2017)

Sierra Bien, Editor-in-Chief of the Eyeopener (L) presents the 2017 Eyeopener-Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Sarah Krichel (R) on 20 November 2017.

Nicole Schmidt (L) - Ryan Jeffrey Tuchow (L)

Ryan Jeffrey Tuchow (2016)

Nicole Schmidt, Editor-in-Chief of the Eyeopener (L) presents the 2016 Eyeopener-Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Ryan Jeffrey Tuchow (R) on 28 November 2016.

Sean Wetslaar and Deni Verklan

Deni Verklan (2015)

Sean Wetslaar, Editor-in-Chief of the Eyeopener (L) presents the 2015 Eyeopener-Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Deni Verklan (R).

ZACHARY POTHIER (2014)

Zachary Pothier (2014)

Mohamed Omar, Editor-in-Chief of the Eyeopener (R) presents the 2014 Eyeopener-Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Zachary Pothier (L).

Sean Tepper, Editor-in-Chief of the Eyeopener presents the 2013 Eyeopener-Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Ophelie Zalcmanis-Lai.

Ophelie Zalcmanis-Lai (2013)

Sean Tepper, Editor-in-Chief of the Eyeopener presents the 2013 Eyeopener-Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Ophelie Zalcmanis-Lai.

Lee Richardson, Editor-in-Chief of the Eyeopener presents the 2012 Eyeopener-Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Candice Kung.

Candice Kung (2012)

Lee Richardson, Editor-in-Chief of the Eyeopener presents the 2012 Eyeopener-Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Candice Kung.

Dr. Colin Mooers (Interim Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Eyeopener Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Matthew Kennedy.

Matthew Kennedy (2011)

Dr. Colin Mooers (Interim Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Eyeopener Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Matthew Kennedy.

Dr. Neil Thomlinson (Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Marta Iwanek.

Marta Iwanek (2010)

Dr. Neil Thomlinson (Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Marta Iwanek.

Dr. Myer Siemiatycki (Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Michael DeRuyter.

Michael DeRuyter (2009)

Dr. Myer Siemiatycki (Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Michael DeRuyter.

Dr. Neil Thomlinson (Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Andrea MacLean.

Andrea MacLean (2008)

Dr. Neil Thomlinson (Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Andrea MacLean.

Dr. Neil Thomlinson (Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Jesse McLean.

Jesse McLean (2007)

Dr. Neil Thomlinson (Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration) presents the Jay Sussman Memorial Award to Jesse McLean.

 

Jessica Whitby (2006)

Presented in absentia.

  Diana Tseng (2005)