The Riddell program takes full advantage of its location in Ottawa. Students have access to Parliament Hill and to important individuals in the political process. Over the years, classes have met in various rooms in the Centre Block, including the Senate chamber. Students have heard from Cabinet ministers, members of Parliament, the clerks of the House of Commons and Senate, deputy ministers, and senior advisers to ministers and party leaders. This access to the centre of government is one of many components that makes the program the only one of its kind in Canada.
Our graduates work for members of Parliament, senators, Cabinet Ministers, government relations firms, industry organizations, and non-governmental organizations. The skills learned in the program prepare alumni to face the halls of government confidently and professionally. Courses on political polling and campaigns are taught exclusively by political professionals, such as Guy Giorno – former campaign manager for the Conservative Party of Canada.
Because many of our graduates work in Ottawa, our students have even more opportunities to build connections with alumni who offer advice through our mentorship program. Students also build networks during their 10-week practicum placements in a political office, and during conferences hosted by the program, including our new annual Riddell Forum on Political Management.
A livable, safe and affordable city, Canada’s political capital is the perfect professional and academic laboratory for our students.