POSTPONED: The Glendon Workshops presents three events in June

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Editor’s note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, these workshops have been postponed. YFile will publish the new dates as soon as they become available.

A series of workshops designed to bolster the qualifications of masters students in a Glendon boutique program will be available to the public, with events beginning this month.

The Glendon Workshops will bring distinguished Canadians to York University’s Glendon campus as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to experiential learning. It is geared toward students in the Master in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) program offered out of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs. MIPA is a two-year intensive bilingual program that requires a summer internship with a government department or NGO.

This is the first year for the workshop series, and anyone is welcome to attend.

Events in June include:

Michael Ferguson
Michael Ferguson

Auditor General of Canada Michael Ferguson – June 18, 9am to 4:30pm

Michael Ferguson was appointed Auditor General of Canada in November 2011. Prior to this appointment, from 2010 to 2011, he served as the deputy minister of Finance of New Brunswick and secretary to the Board of Management for the Province of New Brunswick.

Ferguson is responsible for providing Parliament with objective, fact-based information and expert advice on government programs and activities. This information is gathered through financial audits.

Karen Shepherd
Karen Shepherd

Commissioner of Lobbying Karen E. Shepherd – June 25, 9am to 4:30pm

Karen Shepherd was appointed by both houses of Parliament under the Lobbying Act as commissioner of lobbying in 2009 for a seven-year term. She is responsible for administering and enforcing the act, including maintaining a registry of lobbyists and enforce compliancing with the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct.

Tim Powers
Tim Powers

Vice-Chairman of Summa Strategies Tim Powers – June 25, 9am to 1pm

Tim Powers has worked for Progressive Conservative cabinet ministers and the party leader, though he is perhaps best known as the Conservative pundit on CBC’s daily political examination of Power and Politics. He is vice-chairman of Summa Strategies, one Canada’s biggest and highest profile media relations companies.

More about the workshops

As part of these workshops, there will be an informal brown bag lunch period where participants can get to know the guest speakers and network with them and the other attendees. The Glendon Workshops are designed, in addition to being educational, to be a networking opportunity.

This workshop is open to students and the public to be taken as an individual workshop. It can also be taken as a module, which requires completing the assigned course material whereupon students will receive a Certificate of Completion. If all modules in the comprehensive program within which this workshop falls are completed, in this instance Financial Accountability, a similar certification will be granted for the full program.

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