Association canadienne des programmes en administration publique

Concours d’essais 2016-2017

Fourth Annual Blueprint 2020 National Student Paper Competition on the Future of the Public Service of Canada

Michael Wernick, Clerk of Privy Council, presents 2016-17 National Student Essay Competition Award to Hope Caldi
Michael Wernick, Clerk of Privy Council, presents 2016-17 National Student Essay Competition Award to Hope Caldi

For 2016-17, the Competition invited Master’s and PhD students in fields such as public administration, international relations, public policy, business/management, health administration, law and journalism as well as disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and applied sciences to participate. The papers could address one or more of these general themes, or another distinct issue within the federal public service or area of public policy including, but not limited to:

  • public policy development and implementation
  • networked governance and collaborative arrangements
  • citizen engagement
  • delivery of public services
  • public management and leadership
  • improving workplace culture
  • communicating and identifying the role of the Federal Public Service to Canadians
  • private and public sectors working together for the benefit of Canadians

The judges were Joining the Wilma Vreeswijk (President, Canada School of Public Service), Manon Brassard (Deputy Minister and President of Canada Economic Development, Quebec Region), Graham Flack (Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage), Chris Forbes (Associate Deputy Minister, Finance Canada), and Joshua Frame (Chair, Federal Youth Network).

Five finalists were announced in mid-January 2017, and the winners announced on February 20, 2017.

Runners-up were:


« The competition was a fantastic and rewarding experience, with highlights including the presentation of my work to Deputy Ministers and meeting the Clerk of the Privy Council at the Manion Lecture. I am so very much looking forward to my work term at Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, which was afforded to me through this competition, and having the opportunity to witness immigration policy analysis at the federal level. I feel very fortunate to have had this experience, and I thank my coach Nancy Olewiler and Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy for supporting me in this endeavour. » – Hope Caldi