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.

  Madison Ellas, Vice President, IPIS SA

Madison is a second year M.IPIS candidate and the Vice President of the Student Association. One of the best things about our degree program is the small, close-knit community we share. She holds a BA in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa and spent her summer at the Department of National Defence. Her interests include counter terrorism, health infrastructure and community resilience. Beyond the classroom and the office Madison is an avid snowboarder, plays hockey, and loves to travel as much as she can.

  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.

Ahmed Ghorba, Engineering Representative, IPIS SA

Ahmed Ghorba is a second year IPIS candidate and part of the M. Eng stream. Ahmed holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Egypts, Higher Technological Institute, as well as a M. Eng from The University of Ottawa. He currently works as a risk analyst at Sabytel Technologies Inc. and loves to spend time outdoors with his family. Ahmed enjoys camping, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding.

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.