Sarah Cox (Host): Sarah Cox serves as the Director of Circumpolar Affairs for Crown Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs, as well as Head of the Canadian Delegation to the Arctic Council. She is exceptionally well versed in her field, having served in this department (under many different names) for nearly two decades. She has also worked as the Executive Director of Service Canada, among other positions with the Canadian Government. As a Concordia MPPPA grad herself, who has since hired nearly a dozen graduates out of the program, Sarah is uniquely positioned to provide insight into both the public service and the mentality of hiring managers.
Vince Hopkins: Vince Hopkins (PhD) is a Behavioural Scientist and Assistant Professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to this, Vince served as Sr. Behavioural Scientist for the BC Government and Policy Analyst with the Government of Canada. Vince studies behavioural public policy—helping low-income and marginalized populations access public services. His research combines data science (e.g. field/survey experiments, web-scraping) and user experience design (e.g. interviews, journey maps). For more info, visit www.vincehopkins.com
Sabrina Kabir: Sabrina Kabir graduated from Concordia University’s Masters Program in Public Policy and Public Administration (MPPPA) in 2013. As part of the program Sabrina completed her co-op at Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). Sabrina was with ISC between 2013- 2019, working on a variety of key policy matters including land claim negotiations, resource policy in the north and First Nations child and family services. Currently, Sabrina is a senior policy analyst at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the social policy division, focusing on the regulation of immigration and citizenship consultants.
Fadi Cherri: Fadi is a Junior Policy Researcher and Results’ Analyst at the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Fadi is also a student of the MA in Public Policy and Public Administration at Concordia University, who successfully bridged into the federal public service following an internship experience with Sarah Cox’s team (the Circumpolar Affairs Directorate). Within the Northern Affairs Organization, Fadi leads the departmental planning and reporting process by contributing to the drafting of Departmental Plans, Departmental Results Reports, the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy, as well as various other reporting products.
Jennifer Keeling: Jennifer graduated with an MA in Globalization and International Development and has worked with Global Affairs Canada since 2014 on issues related to human rights and peace and security. She has negotiated UN resolutions in the Third Committee of the General Assembly, and worked on the negotiations for the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Jennifer has designed, and organized over a dozen high level, international events at the UN, in regional forums, and in specific countries around the world, including at the Ministerial level. Before joining government she worked in community organizations both in Canada and abroad focused on community organizing and human rights. She is a strident feminist who is in two book clubs, and is a big fan of pop culture.