The Infrastructure Protection and International Security Student Association are representatives from the program’s student body who are responsible for social activities, program outreach, welcoming new students and for program-related events. If you are a prospective student who has questions about the student experience, the IPIS SA is available to contact via e-mail ( and a public group is available on Facebook! Current students are welcome to reach out to the SA at any time. Meet the 2017-2018 Executive below!

  Heidi Hindrichs, President, IPIS SA

Heidi Hindrichs hails from Lynden, Ontario. She is a second year M.IPIS candidate, in the policy stream and the President of the IPIS Student Association. Before arriving at Carleton, she attended Dalhousie University where she completed a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Community Design in Environmental Planning and Sustainability. Her interest in protecting cities from man-made and natural hazards led her into the IPIS program where she has excelled. Heidi enjoys reading, hiking, cooking excellent food, and discovering new wine.

  Garrett Milne, Acting Vice President, IPIS SA

Garrett, raised in Hallville, Ontario, is almost done his second year of the IPIS program, in the policy stream. Before arriving at Carleton, Garrett completed a Bachelor of Arts in History from from Queen’s University. While there, he become heavily involved in Model UN and Model NATO, traveling to conferences at Yale and Harvard University. He has continued to pursue this passion, acting as Secretary General in Carleton’s Model NATO conference for both 2017 and 2018. Upon completion of the M.IPIS program, Garrett will be attending the University of Sydney to complete a Master of Health Security, specializing in Human and Animal Biosecurity. In his spare time, Garrett enjoys puzzles, drinking craft beer, and eating good BBQ.

  Akashdeep Gill, VP Communications, IPIS SA

Akashdeep Gill is a second-year candidate in the M Eng. stream of the IPIS program. Prior to coming to Carleton she completed Bachelors of Technology in Electronics and Communications at Punjabi University. She then moved on to work in Australian IT security sector with Recipher Group. Ash loves to travel, she is an explorer, a foodie and a history buff.

Ayushman Ojaswi, Acting Engineering Representative, IPIS SA

Ayushman is in his second year of the Engineering stream of the IPIS program. Before arriving at Carleton, he completed a B. Tech. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from VIT University in India. He spent last summer in Vancouver where he was employed at Opus International Consultants and worked on upgrading West Vancouver’s water mains. Ayushman’s academic interests include nuclear security and arms control. In his spare time, you can find Ayushman learning about history, reading science fiction, and playing or watching football.

Darragh Magee, Treasurer, IPIS SA

Darragh Magee is a second year M.IPIS candidate in the policy stream.  An Ottawa native, he completed his B.A. Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Darragh spent his summer with Global Affairs Canada and is moving to Public Safety this fall. A sports fan, Darragh follows basketball and football—and if you’re looking for him on a weekend. Check the cottage.

Duncan Spence, VP Social, IPIS SA

Duncan is a second year M. IPIS candidate in the policy stream.  He comes to IPIS from Humber Lakeshore’s New Journalism program where he worked with the UK CBC World Bureau, J-Source and earned a Bachelor Journalism degree with Honours. Since then Duncan has turned his pursuits towards a career in National Security, spending his summer working with the Senate CSD on Parliament Hill. When he isn’t reading about global events and listening to podcasts, he spends his time sampling fine beers, skating the canal, playing music and creating things.

  Justin Naccarato, Alumni Outreach Coordinator, IPIS SA

Justin is a second year M.IPIS candidate in the policy stream. Ottawa born, Justin completed his history degree at the University of Ottawa. After his undergrad he transitioned directly into a master’s degree in Legal Studies at Carleton. Here he studied Canada’s post 9-11 counter-terrorism strategy in Canada post 9/11 and there implications on rights and freedoms. Justin has worked in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and currently analyzes security policy for MD Financial Management. When not at school or working, you’ll find him at the gym, golfing, or binge watching Netflix shows.