What We Do

CAPPA is involved in a range of activities for students, academics and other groups. Below is  a listing:

Annual Conference and AGM

The annual CAPPA conference brings together Canadian and international scholars from various disciplines sharing an interest in public management, public administration and/or public policy analysis issues. This includes fields such as public management, public administration and public policy analysis, political science, law, history, economics, and sociology. The location of the conference rotates between CAPPA member universities and is usually held in the spring. A theme is selected and scholars are invited to submit panel and paper proposals.

Annual Case Competition

The National Annual Public Administration Case Competition is a joint project of CAPPA and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). Canadian universities that have programs in public administration may compete. It is designed to highlight the excellence of Canadian public administration programs and students, and to provide a valuable learning experience for students.

Annual Essay Competition

Every year the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS), under the direction of a coordinating committee, coordinates the National Student Essay Competition. The competition is designed for graduate and post-graduate students to share their ideas for how to improve the Public Service of Canada or how to improve public-policy making and implementation more generally.

Pierre De Celles Award

The Pierre De Celles Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Administration recognizes outstanding accomplishment that is worthy of emulation. Aiming to foster innovation, IPAC’s Pierre De Celles award encourages and recognizes exceptionally effective and creative teachers. It is sponsored by the IPAC Endowment Fund. The winner is announced at a plenary session of the IPAC Conference.

National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration

The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration is a joint initiative of CAPPA and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). It aims to recognize talent in Canadian schools at the regional level and at the national level. It promotes excellence in public administration and showcases the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year.

African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship

The African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program commemorates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity. It supports young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration. The scholarship is administered by the Canadian Bureau for International Education and sponsored by various agencies, including CAPPA.