Students from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy’s Master of Public Policy and Master of Global Affairs programs received the Silver Medal at the 9th National Public Administration Case Competition this past weekend. The competition, put on annually by CAPPA (the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration) and the Institute of Public Administration, was held at Université Laval from February 21-22, 2020.

This year’s competition focused on affordable housing and featured teams from twelve leading public policy and administration programs from across Canada. The Munk School’s team of first and second-year students — Shalini Ramgoolam, Christopher Andreou, Arsalan Esmaeli and Salman Faruqi — was chosen following a series of case competitions held at the Munk School in the fall, as well as through a competitive interview process.

“There was much praise from the judges about the depth of the team’s knowledge, their creativity, their strong presentation and teamwork and their ability to field tough questions,” said Janet Mason, a lecturer and Munk School Senior Fellow, who served as the team’s coach for the sixth consecutive year.

“We are grateful to the many faculty, students, alumni, fellows and ‘friends’ of the School who helped out by attending practice sessions and offering advice and input,” said Mason. “The head of the case competition program commented that the three teams with the most winning records over the years all use this ‘crowd-sourcing’ strategy to great effect. It’s a real ‘all of School’ effort.”

This is the seventh year that the University of Toronto has competed. In that time, we have earned one gold medal, three silvers, and one bronze.