For an infographic profile and snapshot of MPPA alumni, please visit: PDF fileAlumni Infographic
In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the MA in Public Policy and Administration Program in 2020, we produced an alumni podcast and YouTube series, featuring 24 alumni from the MPPA Program, allowing us to celebrate this special milestone, provided the pandemic prevented us from having a traditional in-person event.
Instructions for accessing the podcast series can be found below and you can access the YouTube series at the following link:
Option 1: Download the App: Anchor.fm and Search: RYERSON-MPPA ALUMNI SERIES
Option 2: Use the website: Ryerson Alumni Series, external link
Option 3: Use your favourite podcast app:
Spotify: Ryerson Alumni Series, external link
Google Podcasts: Ryerson Alumni Series, external link
RadioPublic: Ryerson Alumni Series, external link
Pocket Casts: Ryerson Alumni Series, external link
Breaker: Ryerson Alumni Series, external link
RUPPAAA, external link (Ryerson University Public Policy & Administration Alumni Association)
The Politics and Public Administration (PPAA) Alumni formed in Fall 2007, with the intent of representing alumni/ae from all three of the programs offered by Ryerson’s Department of Politics and Public Administration.
In Fall 2013 the organization was re-named the "Ryerson University Public Policy and Administration Alumni Association" (RUPPAAA), and its focus narrowed to alumni from the MA program in Public Policy and Administration. The change better reflected the reality of the organization.
RUPPAAA Alumni Executive
President: Olivia Cimo
Vice-President: Hayley Overington
VP Communications: Irini Derpanis
VP Finance: Ken Dunning
VP Operations: Stephanie Croisiere
Past President: Anna Gurevich
Associate Advisors: Mahsa Aghamiri and Arden Cheadle
Current MPPA Student Reps: Summer Alkarmi and Monica Da Re
MPPA Bursary Fund
You are invited to help create the first-ever Graduate Studies bursary to assist MPPA students. Bursaries are a meaningful way to directly affect students and to help them realize their true potential. Additional financial support can mean the difference between pursuing one’s educational ambitions or having to put those dreams on hold.
The number of students accessing the Good Food Centre on campus indicates the extent of financial need within our own Ryerson community. According to the Toronto Star and CBC, 40% of Canadian students are going without nutritious food. The rising costs of accommodation, as well as limited available income from part-time work are all major factors in food insecurity for students. In part, this has led RUPPAAA to create a student bursary that will assist a future MPPA student who needs assistance to bridge a financial gap.
If you have been thinking about giving a gift to support this new bursary, please do not hesitate to be in touch. Gifts received before December 31st of each year will receive a tax receipt for that year. Learn more about the bursary and to donate.
If you have questions about your donation, Robert Dixon, the Faculty of Arts Director of Development, is happy to answer them.
“Ryerson’s MPPA program provided me with a unique and invaluable combination of practical, work experience and a strong theoretical foundation in understanding and developing policy solutions to real world problems. This blended focus and my participation on Ryerson’s team in the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration’s National Case Competition led directly to my employment in the Ontario Public Service where I have held a variety of policy-related roles in the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. The MPPA program is run by an incredibly strong and supportive staff and faculty who show a genuine concern for the success and well-being of their students. The experiential learning aspects of the program are critical for any budding public servant and the lengths to which the MPPA team goes to ensure successful co-op and job placements was unrivalled. The MPPA is a fantastic investment in your future as you begin a career in public service or as you continue to pursue academic endeavours.”
“Ryerson’s MPPA program helped cultivate a skill set that opened the door to many opportunities I otherwise would not have had. The program combines theoretical content and practical application of public sector issues while learning from leading scholars and senior public servants. I could not have made a better decision to launch my career in the public service.”
"The MA in Public Policy and Administration program gave me a solid theoretical basis for understanding policy, practical on-the-job experience, and helped me develop the ‘tools in my toolbox’ for my career at a major asset management and private equity investment firm in Toronto where I help develop the company’s corporate social responsibility policy and environmental sustainability action plan -- which demonstrates the relevance and broad applicability of my degree."