Originally from Cambridge, England, Claire completed her Bachelor of Arts at Acadia University with a History Honours and a minor in Environmental Studies.  Claire combined her passions of history and the environment to write an Environmental History Thesis on Historical Water rights Policies. Claire was inspired to gain her Masters in Public Administration at Dalhousie University because of her interest in the protection of our environment and the sustainable use of natural resources, and she recently completed an internship at Nova Scotia Environment where she worked in the Policy and Planning Branch. Claire lives in the Annapolis Valley with her husband and two children and enjoys reading, gardening and distance running. 

2017 Conference Planning Committee. 

Originally from the Eastern Shore, Julia is currently completing her Masters of Public Administration at Dalhousie University. As a Political Science major earning her Bachelor’s Degree at the same institution, her interests lie in matters of national security and foreign policy. Over the summer, she had the opportunity to work with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education as a Junior Process Consultant. She hopes to expand her public sector experience by working at the federal level upon graduation. In her spare time, Julia enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends (and her dog too).

As a graduate from the first Bachelor of Public Health degree in Canada at Brock University, Chris is equipped with the experience and expertise to tackle emerging public health issues. His major area of focus is within Food Security and the impacts it can have on social and health systems. Currently, a first year student within Dalhousie's Public Administration program, he wishes to further pursue his studies within food and health policies. You’ll find Chris in his spare time knee deep in dirt in his urban garden or sipping on a flat white in a café downtown.

Organization Committee:

Sean Hanlon, originally from Waterloo, Ontario, has lived in Virginia, Minnesota, and now Halifax. Before starting his Masters of Public Administration program, Sean attended Saint Mary's University where he received his Honours in Political Science and a Minor in History. Sean was fortunate enough to pursue his interest in planning, programing, and policy development while working in Base Operations for CFB Halifax as a civilian member of the Department of National Defence. In his down time, Sean enjoys living an active lifestyle golfing, working out, and all things football related.

Sean Hanlon: Partnerships and Fundraising Chair


Nicole Saulnier: Communications Chair

Danielle Léger is a proud Acadian, francophone, and incurable romantic who is in her second-year of her Master of Public Administration. Danielle completed her undergraduate degree, a combined honours in Classics and Early Modern Studies, at the University of King's College. Danielle was inspired to join the MPA because of her desire to serve her country. She had the opportunity to pursue her interests in social and cultural policy through an internship with the Department of Canadian Heritage. Danielle is also interested in intergovernmental relations and strategic planning. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys canoeing, swimming, travelling, reading and cooking. 

Jaiya Jagger: Registration Chair

Anne Richard: Public Administration Student Society President


Adèle is a professional communicator with 17 years of experience in provincial government in both communications and other roles. She has worked on legislation, strategies and issues management in most departments as well as the central communications agency. She’s also done secondments focused on healthy, engaged employees and French-language services. Adèle began Dalhousie’s MPA(M) degree in 2013 with the aim of building on her experience and moving into a new role with opportunity to delve deeper into a policy area. In her scant spare time, she enjoys cooking, teaching fitness classes, and watching her box set of The West Wing.

Charcy is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Before starting her Masters of Public Administration, she completed her Bachelor of Management at Dalhousie University. Charcy had the opportunity to obtain her desired internship as a Junior Policy Analyst for the Province of Nova Scotia with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education where she explored her interests in Occupational Health and Safety, Strategic Planning and Risk Management. Charcy’s passion for a safe and healthy workplace stems from her experience at Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. In her spare time, Charcy enjoys cooking, playing volleyball and travelling the world.

To contact a member of our team, please e-mail acpacaap@dal.ca

Jaiya is originally from Waterloo, Ontario where she completed her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degree with a specialization in European History at the University of Waterloo. She now lives in Dartmouth, NS with her husband and their dog Dexter. Jaiya completed an internship with Nova Scotia’s Intergovernmental Affairs working on numerous projects within the department’s diverse portfolio. She is currently a second-year Masters of Public Administration student, and she was the First Year Representative for ACPA 2016. In her spare time, Jaiya enjoys reading, swimming, travelling, spending time with her family and keeping active.

Jeff Friesen: School of Public Administration Faculty Advisor


Nicole is a second-year Master of Public Administration student originally from Riverview, New Brunswick. She received her Bachelor of Arts honouring in Political Science and minoring in French from the University of New Brunswick. She is interested in policies related to democratic disengagement and labour relations. Nicole had the opportunity to expand her knowledge of Atlantic Canadian policy issues as an intern with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Head Office in Moncton where she worked on their clean technology file. In Nicole’s spare time, she enjoys drinking tea, travelling, fiddling, and doing yoga.  

Adèle Poirier: MPA(M) Coordinator


Danielle Léger: Vice-Chair & Programming Chair

Charcy Britten-Boudreau: Conference Chair

Claire Dutkewych: Logistics Chair


Jeff joined the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University in August 2012. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in public policy, interdisciplinary project management, business and government and public management. Jeff served ten years in the federal civil service, most recently as the A/Director General of Policy, Advocacy and Coordination with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) regional office in Halifax. He previously served at ACOA in various capacities, including as the Director of Policy and Research, the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Director of Infrastructure. 

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Anne obtained an Honours French Immersion Bachelor of Social Science, Major in Public Administration from the University of Ottawa. She has previously worked in Community Services for the Ontario Public Service, and had her internship at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in Halifax. An avid dog-lover, beach-walker, and student advocate, Anne is loving forward to taking on this new role on the ACPA Committee as President of PASS.

Julia Chappaz: Treasurer

First Year Master of Public Administration Representative: Chris Smith