Experience North 2015


Experience North 2015 Students

Alex Berryman


A Sudbury native, Alex has always entertained a strong interest in Northern Ontario issues, a passion that he brought with him to Northern Policy Institutes. Alex relies on a critical research ability and strong report-writing skills to help develop creative, evidence-based policy information. He is currently a fourth-year Policy student in the nation’s capital, and with the possible exception of discussing municipal politics, likes nothing more than a good public-policy debate. He is returning for his second summer with the Northern Policy Institute.


Northern Policy Institute's summer 2015 internships draw to a close

Cargotecture – The Next Frontier in Housing Construction

The Merits of Supervised Injection Facilities: A case for Sudbury and Northern Ontario

Erin Estok

Erin Estok is a summer policy intern in Thunder Bay and she is very excited to join the Northern Policy Institute team. Erin has past policy experience working federally as a Policy Analyst for both Environment Canada and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in Gatineau, Quebec. Erin has also worked as a Stakeholder Relations Advisor for Ontario's public safety regulator, Technical Safety and Standards Authority (TSSA), a delegated administrative authority overseen by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a BAH from Queen's University in Political Studies, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Northern Policy Institute's summer 2015 internships draw to a close

Is the North Being Grounded? The Case for Intergovernmental Investment in Northern Ontario's Airports


Sydney Gingras


Sydney Gingras is a student at the University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus, studying Global Business and Digital Arts. Sydney’s program provides her with a wide array of skills that she puts to use every day as Northern Policy Institute’s Communications Intern, including knowledge of branding, marketing, and design. She also has a strong volunteering background, having volunteered for a variety of organizations big and small, including Habitat for Humanity, local theatres, and local summer camps. Sydney was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and is proud to call the North her home.


Northern Policy Institute's summer 2015 internships draw to a close

Jamie McIntyre


Jamie McIntyre grew up in Sudbury, Ontario and is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University. Jamie is the current treasurer of the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association. Before joining the Northern Policy Institute, Jamie worked in marketing communications within Northern Ontario’s tourism industry.


Our Experience Getting to “Know the North”

Northern Policy Institute's summer 2015 internships draw to a close

Places to Grow: Best Practices for Community-based Regional Economic Development in Ontario's North


Trevor McQuillan


Trevor McQuillan was born and raised in Northern Ontario. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Laurentian University.

Having grown up in Northern Ontario, Trevor appreciates what Northern Policy Institute is working toward. He hopes that serving as a policy intern with Northern Policy Institute will allow him to help improve the community of Sudbury in terms of research, analysis, communication, development and so much more.

Trevor has studied at l’Université de Lyon Lumière 2 in Lyon, France, where he learned about the nation’s economy in terms of its strengths and weaknesses. Bringing this experience and knowledge back to Canada, Trevor has a broad understanding of economic policies that can be implemented in Canada and perhaps benefit the people of Northern Ontario.


Northern Policy Institute's summer 2015 internships draw to a close


Matt Pascuzzo


Matt Pascuzzo was born and raised in Thunder Bay. He is currently earning his Honours Bachelor degree in Political Science with a minor in Indigenous Learning from Lakehead University. Throughout the course of his studies, Matt has developed a special interest in Canadian politics, as well as Northern Ontario and Aboriginal issues. Matt also served as a student senator on Lakehead University’s Senate, representing Lakehead University’s Student Union. Throughout high school, Matt worked part-time as a news reporter and anchor for a local radio station and covered a variety of news stories from across the region. Matt is also active in various levels of politics, particularly engaging youth in political activity.


Northern Policy Institute's summer 2015 internships draw to a close

Two years, too short: why a custom First Nations election policy is the key to stability


Lauren Rainsford


Lauren Rainsford is currently attending Queen’s University where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in political studies and economics. Previous to joining Northern Policy Institute she worked in the public sector in the area of northern economic development. She also brings with her experience developing post-secondary education policy. Lauren looks forward to a very enriching summer with Northern Policy Institute. 


Northern Policy Institute's summer 2015 internships draw to a close

Eliminating Homelessness in Northern Ontario: Northern Ontario as the next Medicine Hat?



Mandy Masse


Mandy is taking up a degree in Law & Justice with a minor in English Literature at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. Now in her final year, Mandy is interested in pursuing graduate work in legal studies. Mandy earned a Legal Office Assistant Certificate at Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology, and finished with honours in 2010. She has also worked in the Municipal Relations Department with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation in the summer of 2014 on the Enumeration Project. This past year, Mandy has worked as an Archives Assistant with the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, which has provided her with a strong understanding of unique issues surrounding First Nations people in Canada. Mandy brings her dynamic interests, knowledge of law, and passion for social justice to her internship this summer.



Our Experience Getting to “Know the North”

Northern Policy Institute's summer 2015 internships draw to a close

An Unpacking of What it Means to Say “Innovation” and FedNor's Private Sector Youth Internship

Making the old new again: How adaptive reuse is changing Sault Ste. Marie's Mill Square

"This summer has breezed by in a whirl wind of conversations about what makes Northern Ontario unique, and deserving of public policy discussions to address the character and challenges of the region."

– Jamie McIntyre, Mandy-Jean Masse (Sault Ste. Marie)


"Overall, the experience working at Northern Policy Institute has been invaluable. We were afforded the opportunity to see public policy up close, be part of a passionate tight-knit team, engage in debates over Northern Ontario issues, and most importantly help improve the place we call home."

– Trevor McQuillan, Lauren Rainsford and Alex Berryman (Sudbury)


"We are extremely impressed with the way that Northern Policy Institute conducts much-needed research about the North by reaching out to the people who live and work here to find out what the realities are in the north."

– Erin Estok, Matt Pascuzzo and Sydney Gingras (Thunder Bay)

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