Winners of the 2022 National Student and Thought Leadership Awards

August 30, 2022

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 2022 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 showcases the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year.  The six recipients of the National Student Award for 2022 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 2021-22 year.

The National Thought Leadership Awards recognize excellence in research that pushes boundaries. This year’s winners are:

Gold:  Jennifer Holmes Weier, York University “Bursting the Ottawa Bubble: Government dispersal and localization in the context of a diversity strategy”

Silver:  Wei Jiang, Western University, “Workforce Diversity Management in Ontario Police Services”

Bronze:  Claire Davies, Simon Fraser University, “Toward a Low-Carbon & Climate Resilient Agriculture Sector: Policies to Increase the Adoption of Cover Crops in British Columbia”

Work by the six winners of the National Student Award will be viewable online at the website in the coming weeks:

Keelan Buck, University of Ottawa

Meghan Cardy, University of Alberta

Claire Davies, Simon Fraser University

Jennifer Holmes Weier, York University

Wei Jiang, Western University

Victoria McLean, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Thank you to the members of the Award Jury, Dr. Andrea Migone, Dr. Brooke Jeffrey, and Dr. Zachary Spicer, 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 look for the call for nominations in Spring 2023.

For any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Andrea Rounce, Past President, CAPPA at andrea.rounce@u