Each year, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) present the National Annual Public Administration Case Competition. The MPPAL Program has participated for the past few years. The competition uses a case study approach, allowing students to analyze and respond to the public policy challenges of the day. Each team is made up of 3-4 students and a coach. The teams are then provided with a case and are required to provide policy solutions to a panel of judges chosen by IPAC and CAPPA.
Inspired by a 'game-changer' tradition, Team York did us proud at the 2017 CAPPA/IPAC National Public Administration Case Competition hosted by Ryerson University, 17-18 February. Five gifted MPPAL students--Shovan Chakraborty, Salvatore D'Agostino, Rathsara Illangasinghe, Hannah Ross, Eric Lothman--showed how part-time students make a full-time commitment to excellence in public administration.
This sixth annual competition attracted a strong field of twelve teams from grad programs across Canada. The teams presented their review of an issue that has plagued the Government of Canada for decades and remains unresolved. The Competition Case was entitled 'A National Political Football: The F-35 Jetfighter Procurement Program'. The blue-ribbon Judges panel named Carlton, Laval, and Simon Fraser, in that order, as the medalists for 2017.
Team York took a unique tact in its presentation by reframing the problem as policy rather than procurement. Under the banner of 'Overcoming Jetlag', it recommended policy review and process reform before taking action. The Team advocated "doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reasons". For the first time, the presentations were recorded and will be posted on the IPAC website. According to Professor John Wilkins: "In my four years as Coach, this was the stiffest competition yet, as shown by dethroning of the perennial favourites. We are already strategizing how to improve and get ready for next year. We have a legacy to build upon, three team members eligible to return, and good prospects for a strong run in 2018 when Simon Fraser hosts."
The event continues to get better. Our five MPPAL students added to York's reputation for fun, fair play, networking, and the learning journey.
Congratulations to Ashley Cabral, Andrew Farah, Venesse Lewis, and Shireen Salti who have been selected as our CAPPA-IPAC National Case Study Competition MPPAL Team members!
A big shout out to our coaches, Prof. Naomi Couto and Prof. John Wilkins for coaching our MPPAL National Case Study Competition workshops for our graduate students on this most important extra-curricular professional development activity.
The School of Public Policy & Administration (SPPA) moved up the ranks in the 2015 Institute of Public Administration of Canada/Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration National Public Administration Case Competition Feb. 6 and 7 in Halifax.The Master of Public Policy, Administration & Law (MPPAL) case competition team from the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University was made up of York students Paula Biebelheimer, Suhail Iqbal, Jennifer Nguyen and Sadaf Syed. They were coached by York Professors Naomi Couto and John Wilkins. [read more...]