The Team 2016-2017

Molly Grove

Molly Grove

Co-President

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Undergrad (School/Major): University of Toronto, St. George – Joint Specialization in International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice with a Minor in African Studies

NPSIA Field: Project Management and Humanitarian Assistance

What is your most unusual talent? Once I decide to sleep, I will fall asleep in 30 seconds flat.

Tell me something about you that not many people know? I lived on a sailboat for a year while growing up.

Do you have any pet peeves? People who block the whole sidewalk and don’t move out of the way

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? Not that strange but, I was a Nanny for 3 years during undergrad.

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? The professors are happy to talk, it is okay to email them out of the blue or just stop in, even if you are not sure what exactly your question is.

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? Pizza!

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be? ….

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… Development or gender

Contact Information: molly.grove @ carleton.ca

Alex Berryman

Alex Berryman

Co-President

 

Eugen Miscoi

Eugen Miscoi

Secretary

Hometown: Montreal, QC  

Undergrad (School/Major): University of Montreal/Law                                                                                                                  

 NPSIA Field: Security and Defence Policy

What is your most unusual talent? I can wave my eyebrows and cook Minute rice in 58 seconds.

Tell me something about you that not many people know? I was born in a former Soviet Republic.

Do you have any pet peeves? Yes: Movies with loud music and quiet dialogue.

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? I spent two years working as a Student Border Services Officer at the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport (in Montréal).

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? Your fellow students are among the most fascinating people you have ever met.

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? A cheeseburger with bacon and sweet potato fries.

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be?  Sir Winston Churchill!

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… Law or law school, sports, playing the trumpet and your Students’ Association.

Contact Information: eugen.miscoi @ carleton.ca

Samson Kan

Samson Kan

Treasurer

Hometown: Vancouver, BC    

Undergrad (School/Major):  Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management, specializing in International Studies, Carleton University      

NPSIA Field: Intelligence and International Affairs

What is your most unusual talent? The shameless ability to overcomplicate things

Tell me something about you that not many people know? Ask me!!

Do you have any pet peeves? Indirect and excessive writing… I basically cannot stand academic writing

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? Hm…

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? People are nicer than I think

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? Sushi

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be? Chris Patten and / or Jack London. I can’t really make up my mind.

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… 

Contact Information: samson.kan @ carleton.ca

Ryan Barlow

Ryan Barlow

GSA Representative

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta            

Undergrad (School/Major): Concordia University, Montreal. Majored in Philosophy.                                                                    

NPSIA Field: Security and Defence Policy

What is your most unusual talent? I can curl my tongue into a cloverleaf.

Tell me something about you that not many people know? I started university as a marketing major.

Do you have any pet peeves? Public spitting.

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? Evening shift at the call centre.

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? The other students here are generous & kind. Don’t be afraid to chat everyone up.

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? A glass of cold water.

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be? Queer Irish satirist Oscar Wilde

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… Gardening, Civilization 6, Theory

Contact Information: ryan.barlow @ carleton.ca

Emily Sandham

Emily Sandham

GSA Representative

Hometown: Tillsonburg, Ontario        

Undergrad (School/Major): B.A, Political Science and Religious Studies, McMaster University                                                    

NPSIA Field: Intelligence and International Affairs (IIA)

What is your most unusual talent? 

Tell me something about you that not many people know? I went on a Rotary Exchange in high school to Japan

Do you have any pet peeves? Slow walkers…

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? Bundling asparagus

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? Do not feel overwhelmed, embrace the knowledge you and everyone else has in the program! So many people are willing to help and work together.

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? Lava Pizza (McMaster memory)

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be? Roméo Dallaire

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… Volunteer initiatives, Rotary International (Rotaract, etc)

Contact Information: emily.sandham@carleton.ca

Breanna Case

Breanna Case

Vice President, Academic

Hometown: Balzac, Alberta      

Undergrad (School/Major): University of Calgary/Law and Society                                                                                                  

NPSIA Field: IOGPP

What is your most unusual talent? I’m a salsa and bachata dancer!

Tell me something about you that not many people know? I spent the last year working in a hangar where they built twin otter airplanes onsite.

Do you have any pet peeves? Toothpaste covered faucets and mirrors.

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? Having to take care of a cat that would chew on my hair daily to wake me up.

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? That the microwave NPSIA students have access to is disgusting.

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? I would ditch the main course and go for my favorite dessert- sticky toffee pudding, with vanilla bean gelato of course.

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be? Michelle Obama.

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… Feminism in International Affairs/Relations!

Contact Information: breanna.case@carleton.ca

Valerie Kiefer

Valerie Kiefer

Vice President, Social

Hometown: Montreal, QC    

Undergrad (School/Major): McGill University / Political Science & International Development Studies                                                

NPSIA Field: International Organizations and Global Public Policy

What is your most unusual talent? Destroying on the recorder

Tell me something about you that not many people know? I can 5-star almost any song on Just Dance

Do you have any pet peeves? Slow walkers and loud chewers

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? Nanny-ing 2 kids and 9 cats while the parents were living it up in Vegas

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? That everyone else is faking it too…well most people at least

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? Penne with Rosé, and chocolate cheesecake for dessert

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be? Queen Victoria

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… practicing German, Marvel movies, pumpkin spiced anything or challenging me at Just Dance

Contact Information: valerie.kiefer @ carleton.ca

Justyna Zegarmistrz

Justyna Zegarmistrz

Vice President, Public Relations

Hometown: Toronto, ON                                                                                                                                                            

Undergrad (School/Major): University of Toronto, Double Major in International Relations and History                                        

NPSIA Field: International Organizations and Global Public Policy

What is your most unusual talent? I’m a “serial sneezer”, my record is sneezing 16 time in a row

Tell me something about you that not many people know? 

I have met all (living) Ontario Premiers.

Do you have any pet peeves? 

When toothpaste isn’t squeezed from the bottom down… very weird, I know.

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? 

I haven’t had any particularly unusual jobs, but as a lifeguard I’ve one to many children throw up on me.

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? 

That everyone is super friendly and extremely nice! No matter who you chat to everyone’s has such interesting backgrounds and personal histories that you’re bound to find something in common with them!

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? 

An amazing glass of Pinot Noir, a full roast dinner with chocolate cake for dessert!

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be? 

Vladimir Putin, a dark fascination.

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… 

Scotland, the Royal Family, Brexit, EU politics, Ontario politics, or Toronto!

Amy Hutchinson

Amy Hutchinson

Upper-Year Rep (Semester 2)

Hometown: Parry Sound, Ontario
Undergrad: Double Major in Law & Legal Studies and History at Carleton University
NPSIA Field: Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution

What is your most unusual talent? I have an uncanny ability to know when things are done in the oven – without any sort of timer. I just kind of know. So that means that I never burn anything. I have a 6th sense about baking and cooking.:)

Tell me something about you that not many people know? I have a motorcycle!! I have had my license since I was 16. It is always something that surprises people.

Do you have any pet peeves? Really loud and obnoxious children in restaurants – particularly when the parents are at the table and appear to be doing nothing or are completely oblivious!

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? Perhaps not unusual, but definitely different… I worked for the Canadian Coast Guard doing Search and Rescue. I spent three summers during my undergrad in the Coast Guard. My first summer was on the St. Lawrence River and my second and third I was located on Northern Georgian Bay. It was an amazing opportunity in which we responded to marine emergencies, medical emergencies, boaters in trouble or lost and doing safety education. I also had the opportunity, for the third summer, to be the Coxswain of the base! It was an amazing job and provided so many amazing experiences!

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? My experiences at NPSIA have been great! I did a lot of research into the program the summer before I entered, so I felt relatively prepared. I was somewhat understandably anxious. I feel as though it would have been helpful to know just how welcoming and helpful the professors at NPSIA are! They will take the time to speak with you, go over papers, and assist you in any way possible to improve and develop certain academic skills. The Professors are generally very interested to talk to students regarding papers, even if they are not for their classes! This is perhaps the best part of NPSIA!

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? The best Pizza in the world! Definitely would need to have bacon and green peppers on it!

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be? Nelson Mandela

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… International law – specifically I spent my undergrad looking into issues of human rights and religious freedom.

For more information, please contact Amy Hutchinson at amy.hutchinson@carleton.ca.

Rita Houkayem

Rita Houkayem

Upper-Year Rep (Semester 1)

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Undergrad (School/Major): University of Toronto/International Development Studies and French
NPSIA Field: International Development Policy

What is your most unusual talent? I have the ability to sleep anywhere at anytime.

Tell me something about you that not many people know? I’ve competed in pageants and directed a national pageant for young women last year. I also have a deep love f0r Disney and Christmas music!

Do you have any pet peeves? Hearing people swear.

What is the most unusual job you have ever had? I used to be a folk performer for weddings.

What is one thing you know now that you wish you would have known on your first day at NPSIA? Dearest student, do not sacrifice your health and sanity for your assignments!

If it was your last day on Earth, what would be your final meal? A Nutella crepe with bananas, almonds and a scoop of chocolate ice cream … and a Burrito with tons of guacamole.

If you could meet anyone in the past or present who has impacted the world, who would it be? Malala Yousafzai.

Come see me if you have a question/interest in… your French course assignments, experiencing new restaurants, a health & fitness partner, enhancing your NPSIA student experience!

For more information, please contact: Rita Hoykayem at rita.houkayem@carleton.ca.