The National Student Public Administration Case Competition is a joint project of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). Canadian universities that have programs in public administration may compete at this annual competition. It is designed to highlight the excellence of Canadian public administration programs and students, and to provide a valuable learning experience for students.

Participants are organized into teams and presented with a “real world” public administration case, with accompanying background material. They work together to develop the best solution over a week and present at a weekend event. Teams deliver presentations for judges over the course of a day.

Carleton University won the first annual Public Management Case Competition hosted by the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina in 2011. Carleton came in fourth in 2012 hosted by Queen’s University’s School of Public Policy. The School of Public Policy and Administration hosted the competition at Carleton University in 2019. In 2020, the Carleton students won the competition held at Laval University in Quebec City. The SPPA team recently took home the gold medal at the 2022 competition.

This is an opportunity to compete for the School, to share your talents in a competitive environment, to network with other schools and to participate in a truly national event.

Gold Medal team at 2020 National Public Administration Case Competition