Emily Burton-Brown is originally from Vancouver, BC and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She has over three years of professional experience in market research, and is interested in the role of public opinion on the policy process. When she’s not in class, Emily can usually be found practicing yoga or losing herself in Game of Thrones theories on Reddit.
Sacha Forstner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, where he specialized in Canadian politics and served his student government in a policy advocacy role. His interests include post-secondary education and skills development policy, transportation policy, federalism, the Canadian Crown, and the politics of public administration in the Westminster system. An avid traveler, he recently returned from an extended stay in Japan, and strongly believes in the power of a comparative approach to policymaking as way to generate meaningful solutions to societal problems.
Joshua Johnson is currently attending the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy & Governance. He holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Politics from Mount Allison University. He wrote his thesis on future approaches for Canadian innovation policy. Josh’s policy interests include intergovernmental relations, international politics, trade policy, and northern affairs. He previously worked for the Yukon Government as an Intergovernmental Relations Analyst and enjoyed his experience with the Council of the Federation as a delegate. Josh also loves the outdoors and has lived in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Yukon, and Ontario.
Jasper Paredes is a 2019 Master of Public Policy Candidate at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy & Governance, and holds a Bachelor of Health Studies degree in Health Policy from York University. His main policy interests include health policy, economic policy, and social policy. When he is not in the library, you can most likely find him playing soccer, drinking coffee at local cafes, or checking his fantasy basketball lineup.
Rachel Robinson is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. She has a master of arts degree in philosophy from Ryerson University, where her area of focus was on ethics, both normative and applied. Prior to joining SPPG, Rachel worked for Service Canada’s Employment Insurance division, where she witnessed the impact of policy decisions on Canadian citizens. Her policy interests include bioethics and labour.
Nicole Winger is currently a Master of Public Policy candidate (Year 1) at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She holds a Master of Arts in American Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Honors in Political Science, both from Western University. Nicole is interested in the areas of inclusive and equitable policy-making for marginalized and discriminated groups within Canada; particular policy areas of interest include: ethnic and race relations, indigenous relations, and refugee and immigration affairs. Her hobbies include teaching yoga, distance running/races, travelling and museum-going.
Cindy Liu holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. As part of her bachelor’s degree, she has completed a variety of co-op terms with the provincial and federal government. Cindy’s policy interests involve climate change action, natural resources planning, and species and ecosystem conservation. In her spare time, she enjoys wildlife sketching, 80s horror movies, and going to all-you-can-eat sushi buffets.
Katerina Stamadianos is a Masters of Public Policy candidate at the University of Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, where she studied International Relations and Ethics, Society, and Law. Katerina is primarily interested in urban and health policy, as well as how arts and culture initiatives can be fostered by the policy realm. You can catch her riding her bicycle around town.