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Valedictory Luncheon for the Parliamentary Internship Programme

Davide Cargnello & Étienne Grand-Maison (Photo credit to HOC_CBC Photographer.

Davide Cargnello & Étienne Grand-Maison (Photo credit to HOC_CBC Photographer).

The Institute on Governance was pleased to present the winner of this year’s Alfred Hales prize at the Parliamentary Internship Programme’s Valedictory Luncheon. The Alfred Hales prize was named after the backbencher Member of Parliament who created the internship in 1969. The luncheon was held on Parliament Hill and celebrated the excellent work that had been done by the 2015/2016 parliamentary interns. On behalf of the Institute on Governance, Davide Cargnello and Michael O’Neill awarded the Alfred Hales prize to Étienne Grand-Maison for his winning research paper, and congratulated the two other finalists, Gabrielle de Billy Brown and Feodor Snavosky.

The Programme’s director, Dr. Anne Dance, introduced the Honourable Geoff Regan, the current Speaker of the House of Commons, who spoke at the event to commend the hard work the interns demonstrated throughout their internship.

The Parliamentary Internship Programme has advanced the education of young Canadians and the development of Canadian democracy by providing ten university graduates each year with the opportunity to work and study on Parliament Hill. During the internship, they assist Members of Parliament on both sides of the House of Commons with committee and constituency work while undertaking academic research, weekly seminars and comparative study tours to legislatures across Canada and abroad. At the end of the internship, each Programme participant is required to produce an independently researched, working papers.


The Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons (Photo credit to HOC_CBC Photographer).


The Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons (Photo credit to HOC_CBC Photographer).

The 2016/2017 interns will present their working papers at the Jean-Pierre Gaboury Symposium at the Institute on Governance on June 19th, where Marc Bosc, Acting Clerk of the House of Commons, will also speak.

Click here for Étienne Grand-Maison’s research paper.

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About the Authors

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    Davide Cargnello

    Vice President & Chief Research Officer

    As Vice President and Chief Research Officer, Davide leads the Institute’s research practice. His responsibilities include directing the Institute’s research agenda and programs, building partnerships, and providing advisory services to public sector clients.

    Davide has a strong professional and academic background in accountability, risk, institutional and applied ethics, digital governance, and theories of public administration, gained through fifteen years of experience in the academic and public sectors in Canada and the UK.

    Current major initiatives include a multi-year applied research and engagement program focusing on the impacts of digital culture and technologies on Westminster governing institutions, an initiative on risk, accountability and innovation in the public sector, research on federalism, decentralization and democratic reform, and a research and engagement project on indigenous governance.

    Before joining the Institute, Davide was a lecturer at the University of Oxford and a visiting scholar at McGill University. He completed a doctorate in ethics at the University of Oxford, a master’s in public administration at Carleton University, a master’s in philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree at McGill University.

    He is fluent in English, French and Italian with working knowledge of Spanish and German.

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