Policy Officer, Department of Canadian Heritage, Strategic Policy, International, and Intergovernmental Affairs – Nov. 2015 – Present

  • Principle drafter of Canada’s 7th Report to the United Nations on the Convention Against Torture
  • Coordinate, collect, and synthesize input from multiple federal departments, internal and external stakeholders, and open-source information in order to produce reports and presentations that outline clear narratives, draw conclusions, and make recommendations
  • Introduced and successfully implemented new statistical methods (LSA and LDA) for analyzing UN Treaty Body Summary records designed to increase the efficiency and accuracy of topic identification and issue-brief preparation
  • Delivered presentations to internal and external stakeholders on text analysis methods, UN treaty proceedings, and human rights issues; received positive feedback from audiences concerning my analytical insight and presentation delivery

Instructor, University of Calgary, Department of Political Science –  June – Sept. 2014 & 2015                                                              

  • Instructor for Introduction to International Relations in Summer 2014 and 2015; received extremely high student evaluation scores
  • Prepared and delivered lectures to students that made difficult and diverse topics (war, security, human rights, international development, foreign policy) easy to comprehend
  • Created, administered, and marked various assignments that advanced student knowledge and critical thinking skills, and aided students in identifying problem areas in need of correction
  • Discussed various matters with students one-on-one to address concerns, clarify material, and explain assignment/marking procedures in order to provide students with increased confidence in their ability to manage course requirements and information

Teaching Assistant, University of Calgary, Department of Political Science – Sept. 2010 – May 2015                                                    

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for multiple political science courses, including Introduction to International Relations, International Organizations, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Politics of Development in China, and Canada and World Politics
  • Educated students through guest lectures on various topics, receiving positive feedback from students regarding my ability to convey difficult concepts with ease and passion
  • Graded various types of assignments, including exam short answer questions, essay questions, essay proposals, research essays, and book/article reviews to enhance student knowledge in these areas and increase student ability to carry out demanding research and written communication tasks
  • Discussed various matters with students one-on-one to aid them in preparation of course assignments or to review assignments to address concerns, providing students with increased clarity regarding the course material

Researcher, Library of Parliament, Parliamentary Information and Research Service –   April 2010 – August 2010                                                              

  • Engaged in research and policy analysis relating to parliamentary procedure, criminal law, youth justice, and Canadian constitutional issues in order to aid clients (MPs and Senators) in their political and legislative duties
  • Produced numerous reports, often on tight deadlines, on various issues including prorogation, parliamentary reform, gun control, and youth sentencing that were delivered to MPs and Senators, and presented before Parliamentary committees
  • Wrote speeches for various parliamentarians that were delivered on occasions such as a Prime Ministerial portrait unveiling and foreign visits

Researcher, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Division – June 2009 – Sept. 2009                 

  • Engaged in research on topics such as Outer Space Security, Missile Technology, Remote Sensing Satellites, and Imagery and Treaty Verification to provide information to central policymakers that could advance Canadian interests in these areas
  • Conducted policy analysis, policy research, and prepared policy documents to submit to both the Canadian government and the United Nations which contributed to the creation of Canadian domestic and international space policy
  • Member of a team which conducted policy reviews and offered comments on policy documents from inside DFATD, other Canadian government departments, and other states to ensure Canadian foreign interests were represented in national and international policy

Development Officer, UNICEF Canada, National Capital Region – June 2007 – Sept. 2008

  • Launched the new UNICEF Canada office in Ottawa, which was effective in reestablishing the UNICEF brand in Ottawa after years without any presence
  • Managed UNICEF Canada’s two major campaigns (Trick or Treat and Christmas Sales) to increase revenue in the Ottawa area; both campaigns were successful in generating increased revenues (over $140,000 each) compared to the previous year and in expanding revenue opportunities in the Ottawa area (2 new sales locations and increased Trick or Treat participation)
  • Hired, trained, and supervised approximately 20 staff and 30 volunteers on various projects around the Ottawa area to both increase the visibility of UNICEF in Ottawa and generate increased interest, donations, and revenue in the Ottawa area
  • Cultivated relationships with major donors, corporate partners, and other organizations to increase revenue opportunities in the Ottawa area; successfully created a revenue-generating relationship between the Ottawa area UNICEF office and the Ottawa Tulip Festival
  • Represented UNICEF in Ottawa through media interviews regarding our activities and campaigns in the region in order to reestablish the UNICEF brand in Ottawa, increase awareness of Ottawa campaigns, and promote volunteer and employment opportunities