School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Meet our Queen's Policy Studies Alumni


The School of Policy Sudies has alumni working as policy professionals across Canada and internationally.

Our alumni are making an impact in a diverse range of roles within the government, the broader public sector, the not-for-profit sector, and private organizations. Our powerful and active Alumni Network provides a valuable lifelong network of fellow graduates and public policy professionals.


Recent Appointments

PMPA Alumna appointed Kingston's new Deputy Fire Chief 
July 14, 2020

Melanie Jobes [image]

Congratulations to PMPA Alum Melanie Jones on her appointment as the new Deputy Fire Chief of Kingston Fire & Rescue.

“We are thrilled to have such a quality candidate and leader to fill this role,” Chief Shawn Armstrong said in a press release on Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2020. “Jones’ years of diverse experience, passion for the job, and forward-looking thinking make her the perfect fit.”

After joining Kingston’s fire service 26 years ago, Jones rose through the ranks from Firefighter to Captain. In 2013, she was promoted to the position of Chief Training Officer. She will maintain this title until the end of day on Sunday, Jul. 19, 2020, when she will transition into her position as Deputy Fire Chief.

Deputy Chief Jones holds an advanced diploma in Public Administration from Ryerson University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Calgary.

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MPA Alumna appointed Canada's new Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic
September 7, 2018

Lisa Rice Madan [image]Lisa Rice Madan has been appointed as Canada’s new Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic.  With two Queen’s degrees (BComm Hons, 1987; MPA, 1989), Lisa joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1992. She served as the director of the Southeast Asia and Oceania Relations Division (2010-12) and the Mission Support Division (2016-18). She has also served as deputy director of the South Asia Division and two Team Canada task forces and has held numerous other positions in the areas of international business development, trade policy, investment promotion and corporate policies and planning. Overseas, she served as the first secretary, political and development, in Canberra (2005-06), the Canadian exchange officer in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2006-09) and the political and public affairs counsellor in Singapore (2012-16).

MPA Alumna named Kingston's new Police Chief
September 6, 2018

Antje McNeely[image]Antje McNeely is Kingston Police’s new Chief.  She has served as Deputy Chief since 2011 and has been with Kingston Police for over 30 years. She will be Kingston Police’s 17th Chief.



MPA Alumna appointed Canada's Ambassador to Egypt
Monday August 21, 2017

Jess DuttonMPA’95 alumnus Jess Dutton was recently appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt, leaving his previous posting as Deputy High Commissioner at Canada’s High Commission in India (2015-17).  Jess entered the Government of Canada in 1998 as a Ministerial Advisor to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Culture and Communications) before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as Director of the division responsible for Intergovernmental Relations in 2005. In this capacity, he helped coordinate the international activities of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. In 2006, he was appointed Counsellor for Political, Economic and Public Affairs at the Embassy of Canada in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and was also accredited to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

In 2009, he was appointed as Director of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he led a bi-national, civil-military organization responsible for the implementation and coordination of reconstruction and development activities throughout the province.  In 2010, he was appointed Deputy Ambassador at Canada’s Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and in 2011, he was appointed Executive Director of the Stabilization and Reconstruction Programs division, as well as Deputy Head of Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START), based in Ottawa. The START program is responsible for managing the Global Peace and Security Fund (GPSF), a $100-million financial resource, used to develop and deliver peace and security initiatives in such areas as conflict prevention, global peace support operations, and security system reform.