Graduates of the Policy Officer Recruitment Programme

 

Inderjit

Hometown: Richmond, B.C.

Graduate Degree: Master of Arts, Political Science, McGill University

Joined PORP in: 2004

Inderjit

“The PORP is an amazing programme – it is boundless.  You will work with some of the most talented colleagues in government and have the opportunity to represent your country around the world.”

Inderjit

Today

Inderjit is currently the Deputy Director of the Department of National Defence’s Directorate of Peacekeeping Policy.

She has served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Minister, Policy and Programming Officer (Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team), Deputy Policy Advisor (Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command), and Counsellor Defence and Security at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York, among others.

Highlights of her favourite experiences in the PORP

  • By far, the best part of the PORP is the camaraderie that you build with your counterparts and the life-long friendships that come with it.
  • One of the most formative experiences for me was working in the Deputy Minister’s office.  You get a first-hand look into the work of National Defence, its complexity, and the ability of the Defence Team to always deliver.  It truly shaped my mindset in the many positions that followed.

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Peter

Hometown: Oakville, ON

Graduate Degree: Master of Arts, Economics and Strategic Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Joined PORP in: 1998

Peter

“I can’t think of another program within the Government of Canada that gives you such a broad range of experience in the first couple of years, or exposes you to as many opportunities.  As someone with a passion for international affairs and defence issues, the things I’ve been able to see and do in my career have been extremely rewarding.  It all started with the PORP.”

Peter

Today

Peter is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of National Defence’s Policy Group.

He has served as Director General Policy Coordination (Department of National Defence), Executive Assistant to the Clerk of the Privy Council, Senior Director Planning and Information Management (Treasury Board Secretariat), Director Cabinet Liaison (Department of National Defence), and First Secretary for Financial and Military Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York, among others.

Highlights of his favourite experiences in the PORP

  • Taking in the military experience, and a few late nights, with my PORP colleagues during our week-long Canadian Armed Forces base tour through Bagotville, Gagetown, and Halifax.
  • I will never forget those late-night speechwriting sessions with colleagues to draft urgent Parliamentary speeches for the Minister of National Defence on the NATO intervention in Kosovo.
  • Working with and learning from senior leaders such as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and the Policy Group’s Chief of Staff was invaluable.

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Isabelle

Hometown: Quebec City, QC

Graduate Degrees:  PhD in Political Science (International Relations) and Master of Arts Degree in International Relations, Laval University

Joined PORP in: 1998

Isabelle

“I see the PORP as the best program in government to get an extremely rich and varied experience in the security and defence area and to be surrounded by talented and dynamic people. The number of people coming from this program who have interesting and successful careers speaks to the quality of the program.”

Isabelle

Today

Isabelle is the Assistant Deputy Minister (Science and Technology), Department of National Defence.

She has served as Director General Policy Planning (National Defence), Assistant Chief of Defence Intelligence (National Defence), Director of Aviation Security (Transport Canada), and Director of Intelligence (Transport Canada), among other positions.

Highlights of her favourite experiences in the PORP

  • The Canadian Armed Forces base tour organised during the first year of the program was an incredible experience as we were given the opportunity to meet with military members from all environments and to see a little bit of their day-to-day experience. It was also great fun!
  • I was amazed by the multiple opportunities as a junior policy officer to be involved and play a role in high-profile files and discussions.
  • I really valued the numerous international engagement opportunities available to me as a PORP.

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