Testimonials from Students and Practicum Supervisors 

“I was fortunate to have some experience as a political staffer prior to entering the program in 2012, but the MPM program broadened my perspectives, gave me a great deal of new knowledge and introduced me to a large network of political leaders and experts that I stay in touch with daily. I consider it a great honor to have graduated from the Clayton Riddell Master of Political Management Program and encourage anyone with a strong passion for Canadian politics and public policy to apply”.

– Jamie MacPhail, MPM  2013
Executive Director, Prince Edward Island Liberal Party

“I have had excellent success with two interns from the program.  They were well prepared for the public service world, and they were equally keen to learn new skills and accept direction.  Both of my former interns are thriving with full time jobs in the fields of their choice (including one who still works for me).” 

– Michele Austin
Senior Advisor, Summa Strategies

“This unique program brings political players and new talent together, with big benefits for both. Our intern brought real value from her first day on the job, and a year later she’s earned herself a permanent government relations job with the organization.”

– Gabriel Miller,
Director, Government and Media Relations,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities

“I got a job right after graduating because employers in the public affairs sector are looking for someone who can connect with multiple stakeholder groups – the MPM program gave me the opportunity to connect, debate, and build relationships with peers across party lines. My ability to connect with a wide variety of communities is due tremendously to my MPM experience.”

– Jackie DaSilva, MPM 2012

“We were very pleased to benefit from a Clayton H. Riddell Political Management student.  The professional, non-partisan approach to assisting us as a child well being focused organization gave us valuable insights into how best to engage with the public policy and political management process”.

– Elly Vandenberg
Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy
World Vision Canada