The Robert H. Catherwood Scholarship

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As Editorial Page Editor of the Financial Post for more than two decades, Bob Catherwood was the voice of Canada's national business newspaper. He wrote thousands of editorials and maintained the high standards elaborated in FP's first issue of January 12, 1907: "to present to the public in a popular manner, accurate information relating to the financial interests and legitimate investments of Canada." Indeed, he exceeded those standards in the fairness, integrity, and insight of his writing.

Bob's hand remained remarkably steady as he helped steer the paper through its evolution from venerable weekly to fast-paced daily. He kept the paper true to its principles, promoting national unity, free trade, prudent fiscal policies, and, most important, a civil society.

Throughout his life Bob held the conviction that Canada's success required an understanding of the impact of events in the world as a whole, and that Canadians, of all backgrounds, must be engaged in shaping the global community.

It was a measure of Bob's breadth of vision, community spirit, and genuine interest in educating young people that he, in the midst of the Post's busy transition to a daily, was prepared to accredit members of the G8 Research Group a Financial Post journalists for the 1988 Toronto Summit — and for every summit thereafter. He staked his own and the Post's reputation on the conviction that these undergraduate and graduate students could hold their own with some of the best journalists in the world. He made it possible for young students to witness world politics unfold at the highest level.

In order to continue his legacy, G8 Research Group alumni, family, friends, and the Financial Post joined together to establish a scholarship in Bob's name, based at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, a tradition that has continued under the National Post.

The year 2008 is the scholarship's 10th anniversary — and the 20th anniversary of the G8 Research Group.

We are building an endowment fund to award scholarships, based on academic excellence and need, to worthy students so they too might have the opportunity to experience G8 summitry and gain expertise in its issues and institutions.

Contributions may be made on Trinity's secure website (please indicate "Catherwood") or by sending a cheque to:

Trinity College, Catherwood Scholarship
Office of Development
6 Hoskin Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 1H8

Charitable tax receipts will be issued.

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The Catherwood Scholars

The 2015 winners are:
Angel Difan Chu
Kevin Deagle
Kaleem Hawa
Emma de Leeuw

Previous years’ winners are
Noel Anderson
Héloïse Apestéguy-Reux
Brandon Bailey
Maria Banda
Misha Boutilier
Nicole Cargill
Janet Chow
Christopher Collins
Vanessa Corlazzoli
Scott Dallen
Hana Dhanji
Oana Dolea
Keith Drakeford
Salimah Ebrahim
Nicolas Erwes
Erin Fitzgerald
Gunwant Gill
Colum Grove-White
Tanzeel Hakak
Sabina Han
Diana Juricevic
Kartick Kumar
Wynne Lawrence
Robin Lennox
Sam Levy
Alexandria Matic
Melanie Martin-Griem
Julia Muravska
Tina Jiwon Park
Anna Postelnyak
Lida Preyma
Sadia Rafiquddin
Nikolai Roudev
Ivan Savic
Yukari Takahashi
Sarah Danruo Wang
Oksana Werbowy
Julie Wilson
Hermonie Xie

1998

Ivan Savic
Ivan is a professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science (with a minor in Economics) from Columbia University in the spring of 2013. He received a B.Com. from the University of Toronto, specializing in commerce and finance and international relations. He has also taught at the University of Toronto, Brown University, Columbia University and Hunter College CUNY. As a member of the G8 and G20 Research Groups, he has written widely and produced several compliance reports on the global financial crisis, and on the G20's efforts to reform financial regulation.
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1999 Sabina Han
Sabina graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours BA in international eelations and economics and a minor in French, and went on to study law at Osgoode Hall Law School.
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2000

Diana Juricevic
Diana was appointed as a full-time member of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal on February 16, 2012. She holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Economics degree from the University of Toronto (2004). She also holds an honours BA with high distinction from the University of Toronto (2001). Prior to joining the tribunal, Diana practised international criminal law before tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands and Phnom Penh. She was also the acting director of the International Human Rights program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she taught courses on international criminal law and human rights advocacy. At the outset of her career, Diana was an associate at a national law firm practising in the areas of civil litigation, administrative law, and human rights. In 2007 she was named one of the "Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada" by the Women's Executive Network and profiled in Chatelaine in 2008 as one of "80 Canadian Women to Watch."
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2001 Melanie Martin-Griem
In 2002, Melanie graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto, obtaining her honours BA in international relations. She went on to earn a master's degree at York University, where she studied the role of the media in democratic society. An analyst with the G8 Research Group, Melanie participated in the group's activities at the 2001 Genoa Summit and the 2001 G20 ministerial meeting in Ottawa. She also participated in Global Vision's Junior Team Canada programme, travelling as a Young Ambassador to the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany and Austria. Upon completing her Master's degree, Melanie pursued a career in the civil service. Melanie has ten years' experience in the field of election administration at both the municipal and provincial levels. She currently works as the Manager of the Chief Electoral Office at Elections Ontario.
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2001

Lida Preyma
Lida completed an honours BA in international relations at the University of Toronto. Before going to university, she worked at Guardian Capital Inc. and BMO Nesbitt Burns. Since graduating, Lida has worked at Magna International Inc., the Canadian National Stock Exchange and Pure Trading, before becoming head of Global DMA at JitneyTrade Inc. Lida was a finalist in the 2001 As Prime Minister Award, a member of the Board of Trade and Junior Chamber, and is fluent in English and Ukrainian. In February 2004 she was declared the candidate for the Conservative Party for the riding of Etobicoke Centre.
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2002 Salimah Ebrahim
A journalist and global humanitarian, born in Nairobi and raised in Vancouver, Salimah Ebrahim, has dedicated herself to the protection of Canada's white Spirit Bear and its remarkable habitat in the Great Bear Rainforest. Salimah is also an accomplished journalist, having covered some of the most engaging and important stories of her generation. Her work, for major international news outlets, including CBC Television, The Globe and Mail, the Cairo Times and A&E's Biography Channel, has documented global youth movements, Middle Eastern politics, environmental security challenges in Africa, international G8 and G20 summitry in Italy, Canada and France, and the war in Iraq. She has been awarded and recognized for her work as both journalist and environmentalist, having been chosen and profiled by CBC Television as one of 25 young Canadians who are changing the world. Salimah is a graduate of Trinity College, University of Toronto and is a past student Chair of the G8 Research Group.
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2002 Oksana Werbowy
Oksana completed a joint specialist in international relations and peace and conflict studies, with a major in philosophy. While at the University of Toronto, Oksana participated in a summer program at the Sorbonne in Paris, volunteered with an NGO in Costa Rica, was an analyst for the University of Toronto G8 Research Group, and worked as a sailing instructor. Oksana worked at the Donner Canadian Foundation and is fluent in Ukrainian, Polish, French and Spanish.
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2003 Nikolai Roudev
Nick received his honors BA in international relations, economics and political science in 2004. A Soros Fellow educated at universities in three countries on both sides of the Atlantic, in addition to his ongoing research for the G8 Research Group, Nick interned at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, served on UNDP economic development projects in Bulgaria, and worked in business outsourcing to markets in Eastern Europe. He is also a passionate track runner, and has a part-time software development business. In 2004, Nick began graduate studies in international relations and comparative politics at Stanford University on a five-year Presidential Fellowship. After return to the University of Toronto to work toward a JD and work at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, before returning to Europe, this time at Handelshögskolan vid Göteborgs Universitet in Sweden.
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2003 Maria Banda
Maria graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in June 2004 with an honours BA with a specialist in international relations and a minor in economics and history. The 2004 University of Toronto John H. Moss Scholar, national winner of Magna International's “As Prime Minister” Award and an Ontario Rhodes Scholar, Maria studied international relations at Oxford and law at Harvard. She joined the G8 Research Group in her first year as an undergraduate, attended the 2001 Genoa Summit as a member of the field team, and led a project on the G8 and climate change. In 2012 Maria joined a law firm in Washington DC where she practises international arbitration.
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2003 Oana Dolea
Oana completed a double major in international relations and economics at the University of Toronto. After graduating from McGill University's law school, Oana was called to the bar in Quebec and Ontario. In 2013 she returned to Montreal to practise law. She has continued to work with the G8 Research Group since 2000 and has participated in the group’s activities at the 2000 G20 ministerial meeting in Montreal, the Genoa G8 Summit in 2001, and the 2010 Muskoka and Toronto Summits. Oana is an amateur fashion designer and an avid traveller.
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2003 Elizabeth Earon
Beth graduated in the spring of 2004 with a BA, majoring in international relations and European studies, with a minor in political science. Following her graduation, Beth worked for two years in the corporate world, working in the supply chain and special projects groups for a major Canadian retailer. She has also worked abroad for a British financial institution. She graduated in 2009 from Osgoode Hall Law School and is working for a law firm in Toronto.
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2004 Christopher Collins
Christopher graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours BA in international relations and peace and conflict Studies in 2005 and an MA in history in 2006. Following graduation, Christopher interned with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade at the Canadian Consulate General in New York City, then joined the consultancy McKinsey and Company. Since 2010, Christopher has been with the Clinton Foundation, and has had postings in the Southern Caribbean and Nigeria.
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2004 Kartick Kumar
Kartick heads Strategy for Western Europe at the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group). He is president and chief operating officer of CradleRock Partners Inc., an innovative equity fund that invests in small and medium-sized emerging market businesses, and vice-president of business development for African states and regions at the Canadian bio-technology company ZBxCorporation, and also serves as the Dr. David Chu Distinguished Fellow at the Asian Institute in the Munk School of Global Affairs. He holds a BA in international relations from University of Toronto and an MA in international relations from Columbia University, followed by a law degree. While at the UofT, he was a member of the G8 Research Group executive.
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2004 Yukari Takahashi
Yukari grew up in Yokohama, Japan, and finished high school there. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2005 with an Honours BA with a double major in international relations and economics. She was an analyst for the G8 Research Group for the 2004 and 2005 summits and served as president of the Asia Pacific Club. Upon graduation, Yukari returned to Japan to work for the Deutsche Bank Group. In 2007, she began teaching academic English at universities and prep schools in Japan, as well as translating technical documents and editing books.
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2005

Vanessa Corlazzoli
Vanessa graduated in 2007 with an honours BA in peace and conflict studies and international relations. She joined the G8 Research Group in 2004 and was a member of the field teams at the 2004 Sea Island and the 2005 Gleneagles summits. As co-director of the G8 Research Group's Civil Society and Expanded Dialogue Unit, she co-edited several reports that brought increased attention to the relationship between the G8 and Africa, the role of civil society, and the potential to expanding G8 membership to emerging market economies. In 2006 she served s chair of the G8 Research Group and led the field team to the St. Petersburg Summit. Since her time at the University of Toronto, Vanessa completed a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and worked at the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. She remains interested in gender dynamics and social norms, and has become a leading expert on participatory methodology in conflict and fragile environments. Vanessa currently is based in Washington DC, where she directs a global monitoring and evaluation department at Search for Common Ground, an international peacebuilding non-governmental organization, Search for Common Ground.
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2005 Wynne Lawrence
Wynne graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006 with an honours BA in international relations. During her third year at the University of Toronto she studied at Sciences Po in Paris. Wynne then went on to complete an MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics in 2007. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) in 2011, followed by the Legal Practice Course in 2012. Wynne was involved in international law mooting, participating in the Jessup competition, the LawAsia Mooting Competition and the IASLA Space Law Moot. Prior to starting her legal studies, Wynne worked for three years, first as a fundraising and communications consultant, and then as head of communications at Blueberry Creative Consultants in London. Wynne joined international law firm Clyde & Co LLP, London in September 2012 as a trainee solicitor and has worked in Ship Finance and with the Specialty, International Risk and Reinsurance team. She is currently seconded to the firm's Hong Kong office.
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2006 Héloïse Apestéguy-Reux
Héloïse completed an honours BA in international relations and political science in 2007. She served on the G8 Research Group executive in her third and fourth years at the University of Toronto, also working as part of the Civil Society and Expanded Dialogue Unit and as the main analyst for France for the 2006 St. Petersburg Summit. Starting in her second year at the University of Toronto, she was involved in Model European Parliament (SPECQUE), as head of a delegation and club president, and was on the International Relations Society Executive for two years, serving as co-president in her last year. In her final year, she lived on campus as residence don of the Vic One house at Victoria College, and worked as a research and marking assistant. In September 2007, Héloïse began McGill University's joint BCL/LLB program, and received a Chief Justice R.A.E. Greenshields entrance scholarship. She is now a lawyer with a firm in Toronto, working in the field of energy resources.
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2006 Janet Chow
Janet graduated in 2007 with an honours BA in international relations and peace and conflict studies. She was the chair of the G8 Research Group in 2006/07 and led the field team at the 2007 Heiligendamm Summit in Germany, after serving as co-chair of the group's Civil Society and Expanded Dialogue Unit in 2005/06. In 2012, she received her law degree from the University of Ottawa and master's degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Janet has worked as a program associate on law and governance programs with the Asia Foundation in Bangladesh, and as a researcher at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. She has also held internships at the Department of Foreign Affairs and the federal Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. Janet is a lawyer with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, where she works in justice policy development.
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2006 Gunwant Gill
Gunwant completed an honours BA in international relations with minors in political science and history in 2007. Her academic interests include U.S. foreign policy, international law, transborder governance and nuclear non-proliferation. Having completed her master's in international affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, she has returned to the University of Toronto to pursue a JD. She also has an interest in journalism, particularly print journalism and documentary film making. She co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of The Toronto Globalist, an undergraduate international affairs magazine a part of the Global 21 foundation. Gunwant served as an analyst with the G8 Research Group from 2004 to 2007.
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2007

Julia Muravska
Julia graduated in 2008 with an honours specialist BA in international relations and a minor in German studies. She worked with the G8 Research Group for three years, including as a member of the field teams for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 G8 summits. During her time at the University of Toronto, Julia also held positions of co-president and administrative director of Learning to Integrate New Cultures Canada (LINCC), an organization that aids refugee youth in their pursuit of higher education. After earning a master's in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and interning at Jane's, she worked for Transparency International's London-based Defence and Security Programme. Julia then returned to the LSE in 2011 to pursue a PhD in international relations, which she completed in 2014. Since May 2015, Julia has been working at Avascent, a strategy and management consultancy focused on the defence and security sector.
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2007 Sadia Rafiquddin
Sadia earned an honours BA in international relations and peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto, where she was the first William and Nona Heaslip Scholar. During her undergraduate years, Sadia documented experiences of the elderly caring for a generation of children whose parents died of HIV/AIDS in Botswana (2006) and Namibia (2007). At the G8 Research Group, Sadia was director of fundraising and a senior analyst, assessing compliance with commitments made at the annual G8 summits in Russia (2006), Germany (2007) and Japan (2008). Subsequently, she obtained a Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Sadia then undertook an Action Canada Fellowship and Jeanne Sauvé Fellowship through which she researched the human rights violations against Canada's indigenous peoples and the process of reconciliation. Currently, Sadia is manager of prospect research and donor report writing at One Drop Foundation in Montreal, an organization dedicated to ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world have sustainable access to clean water. The Women's Executive Network has featured Sadia as one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women. Her work has also been recognized by the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.
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2007 Julie Wilson
Julie completed the joint specialist program in international relations and peace and conflict studies, with a major in economics, in 2008. During her undergraduate studies, she contributed to the Peace and Conflict Society, serving as co-president in 2006-07, and also the G8 Research Group, attending the 2008 Hokkaido Summit in Japan. Julie worked on several international development projects before returning to the University of Toronto to obtain a Master of Economics in 2010-11. Julie is currently studying in the B.C.L./LL.B. program at McGill University. She is an executive editor of the McGill Law Journal, and also works as a judicial clerk at the Quebec Court of Appeal.
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2008 Noel Anderson
Noel completed the joint specialist program in international relations and peace and conflict studies, with a major in political science, in 2008. During his time at the University of Toronto, he was a member of the Academics Committee of the Peace and Conflict Society and was elected president in 2007 and 2008. Noel was also a member of the G8 Research Group, where he served as an analyst in the Civil Society Unit and participated in the field team at the 2009 L'Aquila Summit. He has worked for the Irish Department of Justice, as well as the Independent Monitoring Commission, an independent body that monitored paramilitarism and security normalization in Northern Ireland. Noel is currently a PhD candidate at MIT, where he studies international relations, security studies and comparative politics. His dissertation aims to explain the decrease in the number of ongoing intrastate conflicts in the post–Cold War era, with a focus on the characteristics of external military assistance to civil war combatants, the configurations of international state rivalries and temporal trends in civil war duration.
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2008 Colum Grove-White
Colum earned a joint specialist degree in international relations and peace and conflict studies, as well as a major in Asia-Pacific studies. He joined the G8 Research Group in his second year at the University of Toronto, serving as communications chair for 2007-08. He was a member of the field team at both the 2007 Heiligendamm Summit in Germany and the 2008 Hokkaido Summit in Japan. In his fourth year at the University of Toronto, Colum was president of the Arts and Science Student Union, where he represented 23,000 students in the faculty. Colum went on to the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University where he was awarded an MA in International Affairs in February 2013. Colum currently works in Ottawa as a research analyst for the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada.
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2008 Tina Jiwon Park
Tina graduated from Trinity College in the University of Toronto in 2009 with an honours BA in international relations (summa cum laude). During her involvement with the G8 Research Group, Tina led the home team for the 2008 Hokkaido Summit and was a member of the field team at the G20 Seoul Summit in 2010. A Junior Fellow at Massey College, Tina is currently finishing her doctoral thesis at the University of Toronto on a century of bilateral relations between Canada and Korea. She is also the co-founder and executive director of the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs. In Quito in 2013 Tina advised the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly on their resolution on the responsibility to protect (R2P) and she contributed to the preparation of the United NationsSecretary-General's Report on R2P. She teaches Canadian foreign policy to undergraduate students in the International Relations Program and tutors students of Trinity College. A member of the Academic Board and Budget/Planning Committee of the Univeristy of Toronto's Governing Council, Tina has engineered several projects such as "Massey TALKS!" and "U of T Women in House" (a job-shadowing program for female undergraduate students on Parliament Hill in Ottawa). Tina is a recipient of the University of Toronto Alumni Association Award and Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship Award. She regularly travels around the world to promote R2P. She intends to pursue a career in international diplomacy and conflict resolution. More information is available here: www.tinapark.org.
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2009 Nicole Cargill
Nikki graduated in 2010 with an honours BA in international relations. Her interest in international relations was sparked first by her involvement in the G8 Research Group and then confirmed by attending the 2008 Hokkaido-Toyako G8 Summit. She has been a member of the G8 Research Group's student executive, serving as chair of communications and chair of fundraising. She continues to have two passions; politics and sports -- the latter a vestige of her career as an Olympic athlete. Nikki will complete her law degree in the spring of 2014 at the University of Saskatchewan and looks forward to moving to Calgary to start her career in law with a corporate law firm.
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2009 Hana Dhanji
Hana earned a triple major honours BA in international relations, health studies and psychology. Her academic focus has been on the intersection between international relations and global health policy. Hana worked as Professor John Kirton's research assistant from 2006 to 2008, focusing on global health compliance measures. She was a member of the G8 research group in 2006, specializing in compliance with financial commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In 2007 she worked as research fellow in chronic disease epidemiology at the Centre for Global Health Research in St. Michael’s Hospital. From 2007 to 2008, Hana was research assistant to Professor Peter Coyte on a CIHR research grant related to the legal issues and healthcare costs of HIV-positive immigrants to Canada. She completed a senior thesis with Professor Joseph Wong on the political determinants of infectious disease control, with assistance from the Yale School of Public Health. From 2010 to 2012 Hana completed an MA in International Affairs at Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, where she also interned at the World Health Organization. In 2012 she worked as a junior policy officer at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, serving as a member of the Canadian delegation to the World Health Assembly. Hana is now in the JD/MBA program at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law.
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2009 Erin Fitzgerald
Erin completed an honours BA in international relations. Her research interests are rooted in security studies, focusing on the strategic, organizational and legal dimensions of irregular warfare. She spent a summer working at the World Health Organization in Geneva and another summer at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, where she co-authored reports on Afghanistan, Iraq and U.S. strategic planning with Anthony Cordesman. Erin was the 2009/10 chair of the G8 Research Group, having previously held the executive positions of vice-chair and director of fundraising. She attended the 2008 Toyako Hokkaido Summit as a research analyst and helped lead a team of 20 analysts to the 2009 L’Aquila Summit. In 2010, she will led the G8 and G20 delegations to the Muskoka and Toronto Summits. Erin also served as president of the Hart House Debating Club, editor-in-chief of The Attaché Journal of International Affairs, and as an undergraduate representative on the University Affairs Board of the University of Toronto's Governing Council. A recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship, Erin completed an MPhil in International Relations at Oxford in 2012 and will complete her DPhil in 2014. She is spending the 2013-4 academic year at Princeton on a Procter Fellowship.
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2010 Sarah Ellis
Sarah graduated with high distinction from Trinity College in 2011 and went on to complete a master's in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in social and urban policy. While in graduate school, Sarah worked for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where her work focused on developing new standards for mortgage market data and data privacy. Sarah is currently working in Washington DC as a Policy and Communications Associate for the Housing Partnership Network, an organization dedicated to innovation and peer exchange in affordable housing.
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2011 Brandon W. Bailey
Brandon earned his honours BA with high distinction from the University of Toronto in 2013. He double majored in International Relations and Canadian Studies. In his final year he served as a co-director of compliance with the G8 Research Group prior to the 2013 G8 Lough Erne Summit. Prior to that, he was a lead analyst with the G20 Research Group and attended the 2011 G20 Cannes Summit. While at the University of Toronto he was also the director of research for the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Studies Journal and president of the Victoria University Students' Administrative Council. Brandon also interned at the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC. In 2013 he began his studies in the Juris Doctor program at Harvard Law School. Since then, he has undertaken legal placements at the Office of the Crown Attorney in Timmins, the National Hockey League Players' Association in Toronto and the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa, FL. After graduation in 2016 he will join the law firm Skadden, Arps in their New York City office.
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2011 Tanzeel Hakak
Tanzeel completed an honours BA in international relations and peace and conflict Studies in 2012, where she focused on various aspects of global security and international conflict, in particular the organizational relationship between the United Nations and the African Union in the context of peacebuilding in Africa. She conducted research at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. She also served as a research assistant at the Munk School of Global Affairs, focusing on the role of mediation and conflict negotiation in addressing inter- and intrastate conflicts on the African continent. She was a communications intern for Médicins Sans Frontiéres/Doctors Without Borders Toronto, a lead media analyst at the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect, a lead analyst for the G8 Research Group, a communications assistant at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, and an advocacy and research volunteer at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. Tanzeel is working on projects relating to internet and cyber-governance research for the Canadian International Council and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. She is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and hopes to pursue a law degree focusing on international human rights law.
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2011 Robin Lennox
Robin completed in the joint specialist program in international relations and peace and conflict Studies, with a major in global health, at the University of Toronto in 2012. Her research interests included global governance, humanitarian emergencies, global health and social justice. From 2009 to 2011, Robin worked as a research assistant for John Kirton, including completing assignments for the G8 and G20 Research Groups and the Global Health Diplomacy Program (GHDP) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. From 2011 to 2012, she also had the privilege of working for James Orbinski as a research assistant at the Dalla Lana School for Public Health. As member of the G8 and g20 Research Groups, Robin participated in the field team at the 2010 G8 Muskoka Summit and G20 Toronto Summit. She also completed two internships at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Robin attended the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.
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2012 Nicolas Erwes
Nicolas completed an honours BA in international relations, peace and conflict studies, and political science in 2013. His academic interests are strongly anchored in international security affairs, such as the devolution of security governance toward regional security organizations, but also the evolution of COIN tactics and strategies, as well as China's growing political and military involvement in Africa. During the summer of 2011, he worked with the French Ministry of Defence on the reassessment of France's global geostrategic policies. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Nicolas worked with RAND Europe on various European security and defence policy issues. He is working on a master's in international affairs at the Graduate Institute of Geneva in Switzerland.
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2012 Anna Postelnyak
Anna is pursuing an honours BA in history, international relations and rolitical science. She has pursued her interest in the workings of global governance institutions by serving as both a compliance and lead analyst with the G8 Research Group, including attending the 2013 Lough Erne Summit, as well as researching Brazil's engagement with international organizations under the supervision of Professor Stephen Clarkson. Anna has explored the impact of natural resources such asgas on contemporary Russo-Ukrainian bilateral relations first in her senior thesis and over the summer of 2013 under the auspices of the Undergraduate Research Fund from the Faculty of Arts and Science, in addition to pursuing her interests in the dynamics of supranational and national levels of governance. She has also interned at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and has contributed a chapter to a forthcoming book on the cost of living in Western Europe in the second half of the 19th century. In the fall of 2014 Anna hopes to embark on her master's degree in the intellectual history of 19th-century Russia.
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2012

Hermonie Xie
Hermonie is an international relations specialist studying at the University of Toronto. She has diverse work experience in academic, corporate and non-governmental sectors, having interned at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, the Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women philanthropic initiative, the public and government relations department at Huawei Technologies, and the education programming department at Plan Canada. Hermonie was the co-director of compliance at the G20 Research Group, where she edited more than120 reports on the compliance record of G20 members and presented their findings to the press at the 2011 Cannes and 2012 Los Cabos summits.
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2013 Scott Dallen
Scott is a fourth-year student, completing an honours BA with a joint specialist degree in international relations and peace, conflict and justice studies. He is interested in international security studies and global governance structures. Scott studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2012, focusing on interstate conflict resolution mechanisms. He has also pursued his interests through various work experiences, including working at Queen's Park for the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, as well as for various non-governmental organizations. Scott is the chair of Canada's oldest democratically elected student government, the University College Literary and Athletic Society, the Federal Youth president for the Trinity-Spadina Riding Association, and the policy director for the University of Toronto Liberals, positions through which he has submitted policy calling for a comprehensive Canadian strategy toward global governance. After graduating in June 2014, Scott plans on pursuing a career in the foreign service and international law.
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2013 Sam Levy
Sam is a fourth-year student at Victoria College. After completing the Vic One Program at Victoria College, he decided to pursue his interest in foreign policy in the international relations program. The global nature of the program has encouraged him to pursue many academic opportunities abroad, including programs at Fudan University in Shanghai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka. Sam will complete his undergraduate degree at Columbia University as a Killam Fellow. In 2013 he had the opportunity to work in the trade section of Canada's embassy in Mexico, where he cultivated a strong interest in trade policy. Sam intends to pursue a degree in law in the coming years.
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2013 Sarah Danruo Wang
Sarah is a fourth-year student studying international relations, fine art history and philosophy. Before coming to the University of Toronto, she lived in Vancouver, California, Ottawa and Beijing. She has served as a peace fellow at the Advocacy Project, conference director at the International Relations Society and junior research fellow at the Atlantic Council of Canada, and is currently serving as communications chair on the board of directors for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Committee. At the University of Toronto she is the editor-in-chief of The Attaché Journal of International Affairs in the Department of International Relations and co-editor-in-chief of Society and Its Transformations in the Department of Sociology. She has previously researched for the Department of History and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include Soviet language policy, Baltic relations with the European Union and Russia, and diaspora and transnationalism. With the G8 Research Group she was an analyst for civil society for the 2011 Deauville Compliance Report and is in her second year as co-director of Compliance Studies, in which capacity she was a member of the field team in Belfast for the 2013 Lough Erne Summit.
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2014 Misha Boutilier
Misha graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2015 with an honours BA with high distinction in international relations and history. He is currently pursuing a JD at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. A recipient of the Governor-General's Silver Medal for graduating with the highest standing in arts at the University of Toronto, he serves as director of graduate research with the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He has also served as a junior fellow with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. Misha recently travelled to the Caucasus to conduct research on anti-discrimination legislation in Georgia.
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2014 Keith Drakeford
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2014 Alexandria Matic
Alexandria graduated from Victoria College in 2015 with an honours BA in international relations, political science and French. She is currently pursuing a JD at the University of Toronto, where she is an assistant editor with the Faculty of Law Review, and contributes to research at the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights. During her undergraduate studies, she served as the G7 Research Group's Director of Civil Society Studies, and was a member of the field team at the 2015 Schloss Elmau Summit. As an advocate for women's political engagement, Alexandria has also been involved with Equal Voice, U of T's Women in House program and Victoria College's Judy LaMarsh speaker series.
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2015 Angel Difan Chu
Angel is in her fourth year at Trinity College pursuing a double major in international relations and history with a minor in Italian. Her academic interests include international law, ethnic conflict resolution, and the interactions between nationalism, history, collective memory and international relations. Angel has served as an executive member of the History Students Association, the University of Toronto Model United Nations and the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. She has also served on the academic board of the University Governing Council and is a current member of the University Tribunal. Angel plans to attend law school one year after graduation before starting a career in law or foreign affairs.
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2015 Kevin Deagle
Kevin is in his final year at Trinity College pursuing a joint specialist degree in international relations and peace, conflict and justice. He is also a varsity athlete in the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Men's Hockey program. His academic interests centre on environmental change and the implications for international relations, justice issues and indigenous peoples. As a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholar, Kevin spent the summer of 2015 in Australia researching innovative aboriginal approaches to environmental problems. After graduation from the University of Toronto, Kevin pursue an MSc in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford.
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2015 Emma de Leeuw
Emma is in her fourth year at Trinity College pursuing a specialist BA in international relations and a minor in European studies. Her main area of interest includes the European Union's unique role as a supranational organization, particularly the impact of domestic factors that hinder the effectiveness of European policies. She has explored these interests through her work writing for and leading the European Studies Students' Association Journal and various academic courses. Other interests include international security policies and international environmental studies. She has been able to explore these interests as both a compliance analyst and lead analyst for the G8 research group. Emma also has experience working with international students at the English Language Program and as a tour guide at the university. After graduation, Emma plans to work for a year before going on to pursue her master's abroad.
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2015 Kaleem Hawa
A senior at Trinity College, Kaleem is pursuing an honours BSc in international relations and global health. He is interested in the intersection of health and foreign policy, and hsa explored the foreign policy implications of burgeoning pandemics and climate change security at the World Health Organization in Geneva, the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, and the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. A director at the G7 Research Group, Kaleem has also served as the president of the Hart House Debates Committee, University of Toronto Liberals, and UofT International Relations Society. Next year, Kaleem will begin working on a dual Master of Public Policy and Master of Science in Genomic Medicine and Statistics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
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