Carleton Appoints New Fellows to Political Management Program

Carleton University has appointed four new Fellows to the Graduate Program in Political Management to recognize their support for the program and their continued participation in establishing political management as a discipline. The new Fellows: Prof. Jennifer Lees-Marshment from the University of Auckland; Anne McGrath, former New Democratic Party president; Toronto Star reporter Susan Delacourt; and Stikeman Elliot Consultant William Fox.

“The success of Canada’s first graduate program in political management depends on full support from practitioners,” said Andre Plourde, dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton. “This year’s new Fellows have been supportive and active in the program from its inception in 2011.”

Jennifer Lees-Marshment researches the relationship between politicians, government and public opinion, mainly through the field of political marketing and political leadership. She is currently working on a new project to consider how public input through market research, consultation and deliberation can be integrated into political leadership.

Anne McGrath served as chief of staff to Official Opposition New Democratic Party leaders Jack Layton, Nycole Turmel, and Thomas Mulcair, where she provided political advice to both the leader and caucus.

McGrath is credited with professionalizing NDP caucus operations, leading an effective staff team of more than 700, and providing critical strategic advice, including working as part of the core team in the historic 2011 election that resulted in the NDP gaining official opposition status. She served as President of the New Democratic Party of Canada from 2006 until 2009.

Susan Delacourt is the Toronto Star’s senior writer in Ottawa and has covered federal politics for more than two decades as a reporter and bureau chief. Previously, she was the senior political writer at the National Post, a columnist and feature writer at the Ottawa Citizen and, for 16 years, a parliamentary correspondent and editorial board member of the Globe and Mail.

She is the author of four books on Canadian politics, including United We Fall: The Crisis of Democracy in Canada, an account of the failure of the Charlottetown Accord; Shaughnessy: The Passionate Politics of Shaughnessy CohenJuggernaut: Paul Martin’s Campaign for Chretien’s Crown; and Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them.

William Fox is a consultant in government and media relations at Stikeman Elliott LLP. Most recently, Fox served as executive vice-president, Communications and Corporate Development, at Bell Canada Enterprises. He was also senior vice-president, Public Affairs, at Bombardier Inc. and CN.

A journalist by training, Fox is a former Ottawa and Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star and appeared frequently on radio and television as a commentator on public affairs, including a stint as a member of CTV’s Pundits Panel. He subsequently served as press secretary and director of communications to the Prime Minister of Canada.

The Graduate Program in Political Management admits 25 students a year. Explicitly designed to inform and bolster electoral politics and parliamentary democracy in Canada and beyond, students are equipped to occupy positions of responsibility and leadership.

For the second year in a row, the Deputy Speaker of the House is hosting the Graduate Program in Political Management to honour 2013 graduates. The reception will be held on Parliament Hill on today from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Ministers, MPs and senators will join students and faculty to celebrate the achievements of recent graduates.

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