Thanks to the inspiration and dedication of Alf Hales, the Parliamentary Internship Programme has offered 490 young Canadians the experience of a lifetime. The significant contributions of former interns to Canada and the international community through academia, public service and industry are a lasting testament to important role the PIP plays in developing the potential of promising young Canadians.

Sarah Crosby

BSocSci, Honours (Political Science), University of Ottawa and University of Prince Edward Island
Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Sarah holds an Honours degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. Sarah has lived in Madrid, Paris, and Ottawa, where her passion for politics was sparked during a summer spent working as a tour guide on Parliament Hill. Sarah has worked in both the academic and public spheres, as a teaching and research assistant in the University of Prince Edward Island’s Latin American studies department, and as Deputy Chief Page in the Senate of Canada. Sarah is passionate about Canadian Politics and social justice and served as the Daughter’s of the Vote delegate for her home riding of Charlottetown in 2017. She enjoys podcasts, storytelling, speaking Spanish and cooking. Sarah is thrilled to be joining the Parliamentary Internship Programme!

Eleanor Davidson

BJ Honours (Journalism) University of King’s College
MA (International Affairs), Carleton University (on leave)
Born in Victoria and raised in Ottawa, Halifax, Belgium and Syria by Nova Scotian parents, Eleanor’s upbringing in a military family poses a challenge to concise biographies. These frequent moves gave Eleanor a love of travel and storytelling, and fostered her passion for journalism. Eleanor has written about municipal, provincial and federal politics, and led an investigation into Nova Scotia’s mental health care system. While serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Dalhousie Gazette, Eleanor revitalized the historic newspaper. Her work has been published in The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and The Walrus. Eleanor took these experiences to Parliament Hill as a reporting intern at iPolitics, and to The Globe and Mail, where she worked as a digital editor. While completing her Master’s, Eleanor was part of a delegation to Japan, which discussed Canada’s role in mediating nuclear tensions. In her spare time, Eleanor reads, cooks, and plans her next meal.

Nicholas Doiron

BSocSci, Honours (Public Administration and Political Science), University of Ottawa
Nicholas is proud to have been born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He moved to Ottawa to study Public Administration and Political Science. During his undergrad, he worked in the House of Commons as a Page and subsequently as a Proceedings and Verification Officer where he assisted with the creation of the Hansard: the official transcript of parliamentary debates. Nicholas is fascinated by how governments interact with parties, stakeholders and the media to influence public opinion and the array of tools they employ to implement public policy. A proud francophone, he is a Board Member of the Association of Francophone Communities of Ottawa and is a strong advocate of bilingualism. Following his work as a tour guide at Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel in France and his volunteering with the Syrian refugee community in Ottawa, Nicholas firmly believes in the merits of cross-cultural dialogue. In his spare time, he likes to run, hike and discover new food.

Delphine Ducasse

LLB (Law), Université de Sherbrooke
LLM (Applied International Law and International Policy), Université de Sherbrooke
A native of Boucherville, Quebec, Delphine is passionate about international law. She holds a Bachelor’s of Law and a Master’s in Applied International Law and International Policy from the Université de Sherbrooke. In addition to her academic training, Delphine has held a number of internships, including one with the Aluminum Association of Canada. With her strong interest in international relations, she has taken part in the National Model United Nations in New York City three times, and with the team from the Université de Sherbrooke, she won the 2017 Concours de plaidoirie en droit international Charles-Rousseau, an international moot court competition. She also volunteered as a blogger at the annual conference of the Canadian Council on International Law and as an editor with the Quebec Journal of International Law. Delphine looks forward to combining her knowledge of Political Science and Law in the Parliamentary Internship Programme.

Laura Fernz

BA Honours (Political Science and Philosophy), Memorial University of Newfoundland
Originally from Ottawa, Laura completed her B.A. (honours) in Political Science and Philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. During her time working for the communications team at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), she had the opportunity to learn about the issues facing Indigenous peoples in Canada and hopes to continue learning about these issues during the internship. Throughout her degree, she volunteered at her university’s resource centre for marginalized genders and developed a passion for intersectional feminism. Her interest in politics stems from this passion, which she aims to use to help enact equity-based policy. Moving to St. John’s, Newfoundland helped Laura discover the rich variety of cultures that makes Canada so unique and she is looking forward to seeing how Parliament accounts for the interests of all Canadians. Beyond politics, Laura loves knitting, hiking, and reading.

Emma Lodge

BA Honours (Political Science), University of British Columbia
Emma recently graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a BA in Political Science (Honours). Her undergraduate thesis focused on refugee policy formation in developing countries and her more general academic interests include migration, social and environmental policy and electoral institutions. At UBC, Emma was president of the UBC Parks Canada Club where she introduced students to the outdoors and worked on conservation projects. Prior to starting her degree, she represented Canada internationally in the sport of biathlon. As a born and raised Albertan (Fort McMurray and Canmore), Emma is excited to explore the other side of Canada over the coming years. Outside of politics, she loves self-propelled outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, and backcountry and cross-country skiing.

Guillermo Renna

BA (Political Science), McGill University
Guillermo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to Ottawa when he was 8 years old. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honours) with a minor in Mathematics from McGill University. While at McGill, he worked as a research assistant, developing an interest in quantitative methods that led him to take a summer course in statistics at the London School of Economics. Eager to learn more about the application of empirical methods to government, he pursued graduate coursework at the University of Chicago in Computational Analysis and Public Policy. Outside of academia, he has a keen interest in politics and international relations, which he pursued as an intern at the European Union Delegation in Ottawa. More recently, he worked for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs as a policy analyst. An avid tennis fan, Guillermo has spent several summers teaching tennis to youth at summer camps.

Grégoire Saint-Martin-Audet

BA (Economics and Political Science), Université Laval
MA (Political Science), Université de Montréal
Grégoire was born in Chicoutimi. He earned a BA in Economics and Political Science at Université Laval and completed a master’s degree in Political Science at the Université de Montréal, for which he received scholarships from both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. His research interests are voting behaviour, political institutions and federalism, and his master’s thesis was about the impact of voting systems on voter turnout in ethnically heterogeneous societies. He spent two months working on an international cooperation project in Benin to promote sociopolitical empowerment of rural women. Grégoire was previously a page in the National Assembly of Quebec, a research and teaching assistant and a visiting researcher at the Université libre de Bruxelles.

 

Fregine Sheehy

BSocSci Honours (Sociology), University of Ottawa
Born and raised in Ottawa, Fregine holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree of Social Sciences with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was awarded the sociology faculty plaque. Her interest in politics stems from her passion for social justice, specifically issues facing Indigenous peoples, African-Canadians and women in Canadian society. Fregine has worked as a tour guide on Parliament Hill, at Vimy and Beaumont Hamel in Northern France and at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Victoria. She has also done volunteer work in India and at the Ottawa court house with the Elizabeth Fry Society’s diversion program. In her spare time Fregine enjoys singing, sports and travel. This past year she travelled Southeast Asia, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to widen her perspective on the world.

Andrew Walker

BA Honours (Political Science and Canadian Studies), York University
Born and raised in Toronto, Andrew holds a B.A. (honours) in Political Science and Canadian Studies from Glendon College of York University, as well as a Certificate in Law and Social Thought. He won the Department of Politics Best Essay Prize for his paper on the politics of aging in Canada, and recently completed an Individual Study on the effects of government funding on choral music organisations. Andrew has worked in student politics, as Student Trustee of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, in provincial politics, as both Legislative Page and Legislative Usher, and previously on Parliament Hill, as a Guide. Outside of politics, Andrew has worked as a professional musician with Grammy and Juno nominated organisations such as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Singers.

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