National Case Competition

Each year, the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) present the National Annual Public Administration Case Competition. The MPPAL Program has participated for the past several 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 4-5 students and a coach. The teams are then provided with a case and are required to provide policy solutions to a panel of prestigious judges chosen by CAPPA and IPAC. The competition has attracted teams from universities all across Canada.

Master of Public Policy and Law Case Competition Team—2021 (Year of the Virtual Format)

Five outstanding MPPAL students did York University proud, finishing tied-fourth at the 2021 CAPPA/IPAC National Public Administration Case Competition. CAPPA and Carleton University co-hosted the tenth annual and first virtual competition on February 20th. It attracted a strong field of twelve teams from graduate programs across Canada.

Team York 2021 Case Study

TEAM YORK 2021 1st row, left to right: Professor John Wilkins (Coach), Paula Tablon-Modica, Pravina Rajadurai; 2nd row, left to right: Ranziba Nehrin, Dilumi Rupasinghe, Eva Fok; 3rd row: Rory O'Connor (Associate Coach)

The Team was impressive and added to York's reputation for fun, fair play, networking, and the learning journey. It was commended for its quality presentation, robust policy options, and teamwork. Our MPPAL ambassadors achieved excellence in public administration.

Master of Public Policy and Law Case Competition Team—2020

Team York 2020 1st row, left to right: Sindiswa Moyo, Melissa Khachik; 2nd row, left to right: Shriya Dangwal, Chloe Hill; 3rd row, left to right: Stanley Chikombero, and John Wilkins (Coach).

Five outstanding MPPAL students did York University proud, finishing tied-fourth at the 2020 CAPPA/IPAC National Public Administration Case Competition.  Laval University hosted the ninth annual competition in Québec City, 21-22 February.  It attracted a strong field of eleven teams from graduate programs across Canada.

The teams examined the intergovernmental challenges for the Government of Canada in tackling the widening housing affordability gap for young families.  The case was entitled Housing Affordability: A National Problem?  A blue-ribbon panel judged teams from Carleton, Toronto, and Simon Fraser to be the 2020 medalists.

Team York advised federal ministers on workable strategies for Ontario, where 385,000 households need affordable housing, most in the GTHA.  It recommended an innovative Nation Building Bylaw, which called for reallocating federal National Housing Strategy funding to leverage and expedite local access to affordable housing.

York framed a collaborative way forward for Canadian citizens, developers, and governments.  Beyond obvious policy complexities and regional disparities were a tight 12-to-15-month implementation timeline and a two-month announcement window.  And adherence to Canadian quality of life, economic prosperity, and good governance principles were imperative.

The Team added to York's reputation for fun, fair play, networking, and the learning journey. It was praised for its unique strategy, global awareness, and teamwork.  Our part-time MPPAL ambassadors dedicated themselves full-time to excellence in public administration.

Master of Public Policy and Law Case Competition Team—2019

TEAM YORK 2019 left to right: Asare Kester-Akrofi, Gurjeet Virdi, Sindiswa Moyo, John Wilkins (Coach), Joana Jabson, Rebecca Ganesathas

Carleton University hosted the eighth annual case competition in Ottawa, 22-23 February, 2019.  It attracted a strong field of twelve teams from graduate programs across Canada. The 2019 MPPAL students finished in the top-half of the draw, receiving numerous accolades for their textured strategy, design features, and human narrative.

The teams examined prospective challenges to intergovernmental Canada associated with ongoing refugee displacement in Yemen.  The case was entitled Doing Good, or Doing Smart? A Strategic Response to a Global Crisis.  A blue-ribbon panel judged teams from Simon Fraser, Glendon, and Toronto to be the 2019 medalists.

True to its social justice roots, Team York framed the way forward as a win-win-win for Yemeni refugees, the international community, and the Canadian economy.  It recommended a principled path to good governance through commitment, capacity, and collaboration.  The Team advised federal ministers on holistic outcomes and risk mitigation for Canada, as well as on workable implementation strategies for Ontario.

As always, our part-time MPPAL students dedicated themselves full-time to showing off their excellence in public administration.

Master of Public Policy and Law Case Competition Team—2018

TEAM YORK 2018 left to right: Anthea English (Coach), Lisa Gotlieb, Rod Carew, Pauline Raphael, Diane Prelich, John Wilkins (Coach); not shown: Tasha Oommen (Alternate)

MPPAL students did York University proud, finishing in the top-five at the 2018 CAPPA/IPAC National Public Administration Case Competition. Simon Fraser University hosted the seventh annual competition in Vancouver, 23-24 February. It attracted a strong field of thirteen teams from graduate programs across Canada.

The teams examined current challenges to intergovernmental Canada associated with the Alberta-British Columbia pipeline project. The case was entitled "Getting to Implementation: The Politics of Pipelines." A blue-ribbon panel judged teams from Simon Fraser, Carlton, and Johnson Shoyama (Regina) to be 2018 medalists.

True to its game-changer tradition, Team York framed the way forward as a win-win-win for Indigenous peoples, the environment, and the economy. It recommended strengthened oversight as the path to enhanced governance, relations, and results. The Team advised the Minister responsible on positive policy outcomes for the Province of British Columbia, as well as on implementation strategies with the City of Kamloops and Opposition MLAs in Kamloops. York added to its reputation for fun, fair play, networking, and the learning journey. Our part-time MPPAL students made a full-time commitment to excellence in public administration.

Master of Public Policy and Law Case Competition Team—2017

Left to right: Salvatore D'Agostino, Hannah Ross, Coach John Wilkins, Shovan Chakraborty, Eric Lothman, Rathsara Illangasinghe​

Left to right: Salvatore D'Agostino, Hannah Ross, Coach John Wilkins, Shovan Chakraborty, Eric Lothman, Rathsara Illangasinghe​

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.

Master of Public Policy and Law Case Competition Team—2016

MPPALCongratulations 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.

Master of Public Policy and Law Case Competition Team—2015

MPPALThe 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...]

Master of Public Policy and Law Case Competition Team—2014

MPPAL case comp 2014 team aThe 2014 case competition was held at the University of Toronto. The MPPAL team consisted of Patience Adamu, Ron Lucero, Jennifer Persaud and Behrokh Shafiei. Alternates were: Steven Amirikah and Angelina Brew. Coaches were Profs. John Wilkins and Naomi Couto (not in picture).

Master of Public Policy and Law Case Competition Team—2013

The 2013 case competition was held at Queen's University. The MPPAL team consisted of Prof. James Simeon (coach), Anthony Antonacci, Tobias Stetter and Nyrie Kouyoumdjian.