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Shirley Ngai

Policy Advisor, Water Policy and Coordination at Environment and Climate Change Canada


Shirley is a Policy Advisor in the Water Policy and Coordination team at Environment and Climate Change Canada. She works on providing strategic advice on key federal water-related initiatives and proposals, including those applicable to Canada’s major freshwater basins (e.g., Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg). Originally coming from a freshwater quality science background, she enjoys linking the science and policy in her current role.

Prior to joining the federal government, she spent four years in academia and industry working within the environment and sustainability field. She graduated from Western University with a Master of Science in Physical Geography (Paleolimnology), and a Hon. Bachelor of Arts in Physical Geography and Psychology.

“As a scientist, the MPM program truly opened my eyes to the political world. The cross-partisan discussions in class provided such fruitful insights and the assignments were very practical (such as writing QP and briefing notes, and a Memorandum to Cabinet). I am able to translate what I learned and apply it to my job.” – Shirley Ngai

Last revision: Nov. 19, 2019