Meet the 2019-2020 Interns

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.

Message from Director

The ten interns will take part in one of the most comprehensive postgraduate work-study experiences in Canada. They will work closely with Members of Parliament on both sides of the House.


Dr. Paul Thomas

Dr. Thomas has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is an Adjunct Research Professor in the departments of Political Science and Political Management at Carleton University. He first became involved with the Programme as an intern in 2005–06, and in recent years served on the Programme’s selection committee. Before his appointment as PIP Director, Dr. Thomas served as a Senior Research Associate at the Samara Centre for Democracy. He has published multiple articles and book chapters on parliamentary democracy in Canada and the UK, and is the co-author of the book “Religion and Canadian Party Politics.”

Ms. Melissa Carrier
Programme Assistant
Senior Administrative Assistant (House of Commons)

Ms. Michelle Hopkins
CPSA Financial Officer

Mme. Silvina Danesi
CPSA Executive Director


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