Beyond the Headlines


Beyond the Headlines (BTH) is a one-hour current affairs talk radio show aimed at providing a greater understanding and thoughtful discussion of the various policy issues in our daily news headlines. BTH aims to take listeners beyond the immediacy of our daily news.

Ford + SPPG Conference


The Ford+SPPG Conference is a student-led policy conference that brings together the best and brightest future policymakers from both sides of the Canada-US border.   Co-hosted annually between students from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, the conference provides a unique opportunity for joint exploration, discussion and analysis.

Public Good Initiative


The Public Good Initiative (PGI) is the student-led pro bono consulting organization at SPPG. The PGI’s mission is to make a positive contribution to the policy capacity of the not-for-profit sector. We match our student consultants with community organizations looking to benefit from our policy- based consulting services.

Public Policy & Governance Review


The Public Policy and Governance Review (PPGR)  is a dynamic student-led digital magazine that showcases writing on public affairs by students, academics, and leaders in the policy world. The PPGR features op-eds, policy briefs, policy event coverage, and political analysis.

Walter Gordon Symposium Committee

The Walter Gordon Symposium (WGS) is a public policy conference organized every year by SPPG students in conjunction with graduate students from Massey College. Recent symposia have covered a range of topics including national energy strategy, global security and the responsibility to protect, and the effects of rising inequality on democracy.

Gender, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative


The Gender, Diversity, and Public Policy Initiative (GDPP) promotes the adoption of an intersectional lens in policy analysis. GDPP is a graduate student-led organization at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance  (SPPG) and encourages the discussion of gender and identity-based inequalities in the realm of public policy in collaboration with SPPG student initiatives, faculty and administration, our alumni advisory group, and other networks within the University of Toronto landscape.



Spectrum is a student initiative aimed at social and professional development for LGBTQ+ students at SPPG. Spectrum aims to foster an inclusive environment to ensure LGBTQ+ students and their allies have resources, information, and connections to maximize personal and professional success. Stay tuned for social and professional development opportunities to come over the next year. Events over the previous year included an end-of-orientation social, movie nights and screenings, and attendance at networking events

Public Policy and Innovation

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