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: Majenta Braumberger



Hometown: Toronto, ON
Policy area of interest: Economics, Health, and Women’s Rights
One thing you can’t leave home without: An extra large coffee
Favourite SPPG memory: Ottawa





Social Coordinator: Joost van de Loo



Hometown: Olland, Noord-Brabant / Kemptville, ON
Policy area of interest: Trade and international policy
One thing you can’t leave home without: Podcasts
Favourite SPPG memory: Math-Stats Bootcamp





Academic Functions Coordinator: Rachel Robinson



Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Policy area of interest: Bioethics and labour
One thing you can’t leave home without: My water bottle
Favourite SPPG memory: Working as an associate editor with PPGReview




First Year Program Advisor: Kevin Hempstead



Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Policy area of interest: International relations policy, economic development, technology regulation
One thing you can’t leave home without: Headphones and music to drown out the existentialism
Favourite SPPG memory: Probably the feeling I’ll get when I pass my courses, but it’s still too soon to tell!


Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) Representative: Clare MacDonald

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Hometown: Midtown Toronto
Policy area of interest: Still pretty open to most of the areas
One thing you can’t leave home without: Birkenstocks 60% of the time, epipens all of the time
Favourite SPPG memory: Looking forward to the year-end party, which I hear is a 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.

Top photo image taken by Alexia Lawson