2015-16 Essay Competition

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

Presentation of 2015-2016 National Student Paper Competition Award by Michael Werner, Clerk of the Privy Council, to Salman Dostmohammad
Presentation of 2015-2016 National Student Paper Competition Award by Michael Werner, Clerk of the Privy Council, to Salman Dostmohammad

The annual Blueprint 2020 National Student Paper Competition tapped into the innovative thinking of Masters students from across Canada on the future of the public service. Winning was a significant achievement as students must prevail through three rounds of adjudication, make a video, participate in an online voting contest, and discuss their ideas with a panel of senior public service executives.

Announced in May 2016, the winners of the 2015-2016 Competition were Salman Dostmohammad and Jude Long from Dalhousie University, for their paper, “Regulating the Sharing Economy: Applying The Process for Creative Destruction”. They were also the Public Choice Award winners.

Their prize was a trip to Ottawa to attend the prestigious Manion Lecture on May 18, 2016. Although Jude was unavailable to attend, Salman accepted their award from the Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick, at the Manion Lecture.

Five finalists were announced in March 2016, and the winners announced in May 2016.

Runners-up were:

 

“The Blueprint 2020 competition has been a wonderful and exhilarating experience and I feel that I have grown as a person. It’s also been very rewarding to see that the work I am doing is having a meaningful impact.  It was an honour to meet the Clerk of the Privy Council and to speak with senior public servants on some of my proposed ideas. To sum up my experience of the competition in one word, I would say it’s been life-changing.” – Salman Dostmohammad

“The Blueprint 2020 competition was one of the most incredible experiences of my academic and professional career that I have ever had the privilege of being a part of. It’s given me the opportunity to expand my network and broaden my horizons for what students like us can accomplish within the Public Service of Canada. The competition was just as rewarding as it was challenging. It’s an experience that I will not likely forget.” – Jude Long