Thanks to the inspiration and dedication of the late MP Alf Hales, the Parliamentary Internship Programme has offered more than 500 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.
Élizabeth Bergeron – Victoriaville, QC
LLB University of Montreal
Élizabeth is originally from Quebec and holds a bachelor’s degree in law with an international focus from the University of Montreal. She is interested in environmental issues and the separation of powers underpinning Canadian democracy, which is why she was awarded the André Biron scholarship. Studying comparative law at the University of Costa Rica gave her an interest in the importance of environmental issues. She also studied the effectiveness of international environmental law as it applies in Canada. Élizabeth volunteers as a mentor at her university’s faculty of law, as the treasurer of the University of Montreal Lawyers Without Borders committee and as an event coordinator for a non-profit organization. From a very young age, Élizabeth has had a passion for competitive horseback riding and she will never say no to a spur-of-the-moment camping trip. She now wants to expand her knowledge and use this internship as an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how the legislative branch works.
Charles Bernard – Sherbrooke, QC
BA Applied Policy Studies, University of Sherbrooke
MA Applied Policy Studies, University of Sherbrooke
Having had the chance to study in his hometown, Charles Bernard completed a BA in Applied Policy Studies with a concentration in political economy from the University of Sherbrooke. During that time, Charles travelled to Tanzania with engineering students and helped build a one kilometer irrigation canal. The group also acquired a one acre plot of land on which they founded a women’s cooperative; the students were awarded the prize Cooperation, peace and justice by Forces Avenir for their work. While conducting research under the supervision of Prof. Mathieu Arès during his MA, Charles developed research interests in the political dynamics of economic integration and, more specifically, the institutional influence of trade agreements on national policy making. In his SSHRC-funded MA dissertation, Charles examined at how the CUSMA agreement could generate path dependencies for Canada’s ability to define its own agenda for the digital economy. Charles is fascinated by the past and reads about world history with his spare time. For that reason, he is looking forward to learn about and experience the historic institution that is Parliament.
Anne Campbell – Winnipeg, MB
BA Political Science, Western University
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Anne recently graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science (Gold Medal). Anne has gained a wide range of experience in policy, outreach and research at a local, national and international level. In particular, Anne has worked in the office of a Canadian Senator, with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (New York), and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba. Most recently, Anne conducted research at Western’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration focusing on the policy and legal implications of the exploration, exploitation and use of space resources. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Anne co-authored research that explored federal political parties’ framing of the initial stages of the pandemic, which was later presented at the Canadian Political Science Association 2021 Conference. Anne loves to spend her time outdoors, with her family and trying out new local restaurants.
Harriet Crossfield – Vancouver, BC
BA Political Science and International Relations, University of British Columbia
Born and raised in Vancouver, Harriet recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a double major in Political Science and International Relations. Harriet has a wide range of interests and experiences, from volunteering for human rights and climate change related causes to coaching baseball to youth with disabilities. She is also passionate about multilateralism and diplomacy, having represented Canada at a Youth Nuclear Disarmament Conference in Japan and studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. She has experience working in the non-profit sector and public service, and prior to joining the PIP worked at Infrastructure Canada. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports, sewing, and listening to podcasts. Harriet is very much looking forward to experiencing Canadian democracy firsthand all the while making a positive contribution to the programme as a non-partisan intern!
Jonathan Ferguson – Halifax, NS
BA International Relations and Environmental Studies, Mount Allison University
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jonathan recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (Honours) and Environmental Studies and French (Minors) from Mount Allison University. After graduating high school, and again during his second year of postsecondary studies, Jonathan lived and studied in France. More recently, he was involved in growing the presence of Model United Nations in universities and high schools throughout the Maritime provinces. After serving as President of the Mount Allison Students’ Union throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, he worked for Public Health New Brunswick assisting with the administration of vaccination clinics in southeastern New Brunswick during the height of the vaccine rollout. In his spare time, Jonathan loves spending time with friends, kayaking and discovering new music
Annyse Hawkins – Bolton, ON
BA Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University
Annyse earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Political Science with a Public Policy Specialization and Minor in North American Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. While at the university she developed an interest in the implementation of artificial intelligence in the immigration system and was given the opportunity to act as a student delegate at Crossing Borders: Multi-Disciplinary Student Conference to present her thesis paper The Politics of Securitization Technologies on the Canada-US Border. Outside of her studies Annyse has had the opportunity to work in the film and television industry for companies such as Netflix, CBS, and HBO. She looks forward to experiencing the parliamentary process first hand in the nations capital!
Ryan Jamula – Brantford, ON
BA Sociology, McGill University
MA Sociology, University of British Columbia
Ryan was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario. He completed a BA (Hons) in Sociology from McGill University as a Loran Scholar, and an MA from the University of British Columbia. During his undergrad, Ryan volunteered facilitating high school workshops on gender and sexuality, worked as a peer health educator on campus, and spent a semester studying politics and social policy in Sweden. Prior to graduate school, he worked at the Loran Scholars Foundation as a program officer. Interested in the relationships between policy, inequality and health, his recent master’s thesis focused on the dynamics of health and social service access among people who use drugs and receive income assistance. In his spare time he enjoys running, discovering coffee shops, and improving his French.
Angelica Kalubiaka – Ottawa, ON
BSc Biopharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ottawa
Angelica Kalubiaka is a proud Franco-Ontarian born and raised in Ottawa. She is determined and conscientious, having graduated magna cum laude with an honours BSc degree in biopharmaceutical science from the University of Ottawa. During her studies, she conducted research at Hôpital Montfort and at the National Research Council of Canada. Her passion for politics and the parliamentary system led her to work as a parliamentary guide. Angelica has long been an advocate for francophones, youth and equal opportunities for minority groups on multiple committees. She was president of her riding’s Youth Council, where she provided non-partisan advice to MPs on policy initiatives and young people’s priorities. For many years, Angelica organized community events as a member of the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC/CEJO) in partnership with some MPs. She has been recognized for her leadership on several occasions with awards including the Orléans 150 award and the Orléans Leading Women and Girls award. In her free time, Angelica likes to write, run and explore new places.
Wynn Rederburg – Cowichan Bay, BC
BA Political Science, McGill University
Originally from picturesque Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Wynn recently completed a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as a Loran Scholar at McGill University. Her research interests include civic and democratic inclusion, western Canadian political culture, and comparative studies in Latin American democracy. Most recently, her honours thesis contends with the contextual positioning of western alienation movements in Canadian political culture. Outside of academia, Wynn’s work focuses on understanding differing community engagement practices and the effect of political culture on civic participation. Wynn has worked with the Samara Centre for Democracy in Toronto, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Anybody Argentina in Buenos Aires, and the El Desafío Foundation in Rosario. Most recently, she was a Policy Analyst for non-profit Montréal en Action. In her spare time, Wynn loves to take community dance classes, meet new people, and get out of the city to hike, bike, or canoe.
Alison Tardif-Plante – Ottawa, ON
BA History and Political Science, University of Ottawa
Alison recently earned a Joint Honours Bachelor in History and Political Science from the University of Ottawa. During her first year of university, she had the opportunity to work as a page in the House of Commons, which sparked her interest for Parliament and led her to pursue different opportunities on the Hill. Over the last few years, she worked as a parliamentary guide, a parliamentary assistant, and eventually as a Page Program supervisor. These opportunities allowed her to further develop her appreciation for parliamentary procedure and processes. Having worked as part of the House of Commons Administration to serve Members of Parliament and their staff, she is eager to join the Programme to learn about Parliament from a new point of view and better understand the inner workings of political parties and MPs’ offices. In her spare time, Alison enjoys gardening, exploring her city, and trying new recipes.