The Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Ditchburn and Marci Surkes as program fellows for three-year terms.

Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the award-winning magazine of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. A long-time journalist, she spent more than two decades covering national and parliamentary affairs of the Canadian Press and CBC Television. She is a three-time winner of the National Newspaper Award and the recipient of the prestigious Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national issues. She holds a master of journalism from Carleton University, and is the co-editor (with Graham Fox) of the 2016 book The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy.

Marci Surkes is chief of staff to the Hon. Ralph Goodale, minister of public safety and emergency preparedness. From 2007 to 2015, Ms. Surkes held numerous positions serving the Liberal caucus in the House of Commons, including senior manager for policy and research in the office of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, director of policy and strategic communications for interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, and manager of the Liberal Caucus Research Bureau. Before working on Parliament Hill, Ms. Surkes was a journalist with the Ottawa Citizen and CBC News.

Program fellows contribute to the program in a variety of ways, such as giving guest lectures, mentoring students, and advising the program committee.

For more information, contact Stephen Azzi, associate professor and program supervisor, Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management, stephen.azzi@carleton.ca.

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