Meet Our Alumni
The record of achievement built by PIP alumni in the public service, academe, business, civil society, journalism and the legal profession is testament to the important role that PIP plays in developing the potential of exceptional young Canadians. In 2010, a study of PIP alumni data addressed the question, “Where are they now?”
At that time, the public sector employed 42 per cent of all PIP alumni. Of this number, fully 80 per cent worked for the federal government with a strong contingent engaged at the highest levels as deputy ministers and assistant deputy ministers. Moreover, nearly one-third of those in the federal public service had enjoyed international careers, a number serving as ambassadors and heads of mission abroad. One former intern had been elected to the House of Commons, another to the Quebec National Assembly and a third had been appointed to the Senate.
Thirty-two per cent of respondents worked as academics in Canadian universities and in institutions abroad, including Harvard, Oxford, Paris and Berkeley. One was a Rhodes Scholar. Others worked for policy institutes or think tanks while several had chosen journalism as a profession. Of the 26 per cent in the private sector, more than half worked in business. The others had chosen to pursue the legal profession including three who were serving on the bench.
The success of former interns, over more than forty years, reflects the Programme’s value as an investment in Canada’s future leaders.
Parliamentary Internship Alumni Association (PIAA)
The Parliamentary Internship Alumni Association (PIAA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit association of former Parliamentary Interns.
The objectives of the PIAA are to:
- Support the goals and objectives of the Programme;
- Facilitate networking for alumni and friends of the Programme;
- Raise the profile of the Programme;
- Increase the lasting value of the Programme for current interns, former participants, and Programme sponsors; and,
- Provide alumni with opportunities to continue engagement with and give back to the Programme.
PIAA Executive, 2017-18
Anna Laurence, President
Christine Guyot, Treasurer
Madalina Chesoi, Secretary
Anne Dance, PIP Director (ex-officio member)
Gavin Charles, Member-at-Large
Andrew Cuddy, Member-at-Large
Gabrielle de Billy Brown, Member-at-Large
Alan Freeman, Member-at-Large
Marilyn Landry, Member-at-Large
Anoush Terjanian, Member-at-Large
To contact the PIAA Executive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staying in Touch
PIAA organizes a range of activities for fellow alumni, former Parliamentarians, Programme sponsors, and current interns: from luncheons with invited speakers to informal receptions, pub nights, and other get-togethers. The Annual Alumni Reception attracts MPs, Cabinet Ministers, business leaders, academics, journalists, and alumni from across the country.
PIAA gives its members the opportunity to give back to the Programme and recognize the life-shaping experience of being a Parliamentary Intern. The association organizes an annual fundraising campaign to support the Programme and help ensure current interns benefit from the same experience.
Please consider making a charitable donation to the Hales and Hurley Parliamentary Foundation, whose sole goal is to support the Programme and contribute to its long-term future. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made via the foundation’s page on CanadaHelps.org.
The Hales and Hurley Parliamentary Foundation was inaugurated on May 9, 2017.
Launched by the Parliamentary Internship Alumni Association, the foundation’s sole goal is to support the Parliamentary Internship Programme and contribute to its long-term future.
It is named for the late Alfred Hales, MP, who inspired PIP’s founding in 1969, and for James Ross Hurley, the first Director of the Programme from its inception in 1969 to 1975 and a long-time friend of PIP.
The foundation is administered by the Ottawa Community Foundation, a registered charity that is well-established and provides a guaranteed financial return. The Hales and Hurley Parliamentary Foundation will become a mainstay of the Programme in the years ahead.