The Executive is responsible for student engagement, fostering a relationship between the Association and the Membership as well as pursuing the mission of the Association.

The Executive is comprised of both Year One and Year Two Master’s Candidates from the SPPG:

President: Lina Pulido



Hometown: Calgary, AB
Policy area of interest: Immigration, labour and urban policy.
One thing you can’t leave home without: A snack.
Favourite SPPG memory: The year-end social!




Program Advisor: Vanessa Low



Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Policy area of interest: Health policy, community and social policy
One thing you can’t leave home without: Can’t leave the house without extra strong coffee!
Favourite SPPG memory: Loved attending the Ford-SPPG Conference!

Finance Director: Brett Donnelly



Hometown: Kelowna, BC
Policy area of interest: Transport, housing, infrastructure, health
One thing you can’t leave home without: Smoothie money
Favourite SPPG memory: Ottawa field trip



Academic Functions Director: Priscilla Mak

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Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Policy area of interest: Urban/municipal governance, infrastructure, food policy
One thing you can’t leave home without: My watch (did someone say permanent tan line?)
Favourite SPPG memory: Travelling to Ann Arbor for the Ford + SPPG Conference


Social Director: Jonah Kotzer



Hometown: Toronto, ON
Policy area of interest: Natural Resources, trade, international relations
One thing you can’t leave home without: My coffee and thermos
Favourite SPPG memory: Click Clack Lumberjack

Communications Coordinator: Ian T. D. Thomson



Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Policy area of interest: Energy, broadcast and telecommunications, fisheries and oceans
One thing you can’t leave home without: My very large phone
Favourite SPPG memory: Municipal Case Competition was a rad time!



Elections are held at the beginning of the Academic Year for Year One’s interested in the following Executive roles:

  • Academic Functions Coordinator
  • Social Coordinator
  • First Year Program Advisor
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) Representative

For more information on the roles and responsibilities of the SPPGSA, please consult the SPPGSA Constitution.

To nominate yourself or someone else for any of the above positions, please send an E-mail to the CRO Kayla Ishkanian at by Friday September 15th.

Top photo image taken by Alexia Lawson