CAPPA & IPAC Announce the 2024 National Student and Thought Leadership Award Winners!


July 5, 2024

The Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) and the Institute of Public Administration in Canada (IPAC) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 National Student and Thought Leadership Awards!

The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration, a joint initiative of CAPPA and IPAC, are a set of two awards that recognize talent in Canadian public administration and policy programs at the regional and national levels. They highlight excellence in public administration and showcase the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year.  The eight recipients of the National Student Award for 2024 were nominated by CAPPA-member programs in Public Administration, Public Policy, or Public Management in recognition of their overall program and leadership contributions, outstanding research, or excellent capstone or thesis work undertaken during the 2023-24 year.

The National Thought Leadership Awards recognize excellence in research that pushes boundaries. IPAC National provides prizes for the top three presentations, as well as a complimentary registration for the IPAC National annual conference (

This year’s winners are:

  • Gold: Roxanne Ma, York University “’Colour Me Healthy’: Considerations for Collecting Race Disaggregated Data in Ontario’s Public Health System to Address Racial Health Inequities”
  • Silver:  Chenai Wamambo, Carleton University “Are We There Yet? A Qualitative Research Study on Anti-Black Racism and Systemic Change in Lethbridge School District (LSD)”
  • Bronze:  Silvana Gomes, University of Ottawa “The Connected Federation: intergovernmental collaboration and digital government in Canada”

Work by the winners of the National Student Award will be viewable online at the and websites in the coming weeks.  Look for work from the following outstanding students:

  • Silvana Gomes, PhD Candidate in Public Administration, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
  • Patrick Leason, Master of Arts, Policy Studies, University of Alberta
  • Roxanne Ma, Masters in Public Policy, Administration and Law, School of Public Policy and Administration, York University
  • Rafael Morales Guzman, PhD Candidate, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
  • Garrett Myles, Master of Public Policy in Digital Society Program, McMaster University
  • Katelyn Poitras, Masters in Public Policy, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University
  • Jacob Sookraj, Master of Public Administration, Local Government Program, Department of Political Science, Western University
  • Chenai Wamambo, Master of Public Policy and Administration, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University

Thank you to the members of the Award Jury, Dr. Elizabeth Schwartz, Dr. Jean-François Savard, and Dr. Susan Brown, for their time and service to the public administration community. Belle Young at the University of Victoria coordinated applications and award logistics, for which we thank her.

Thank you also to the programs, departments, and schools who nominated talented students for these awards.  We encourage you to participate in next year’s National Student and Thought Leadership Award process and to look for the call for nominations in Spring 2025.

For any questions about this year’s award, please contact Dr. Andrea Rounce on behalf of CAPPA at andrea.rounce@u