Read some testimonials from current and past PARDP participants.
Cathy Chen, Analyst, Innovation and Energy Technology Sector (PARDP 2017)
The greatest benefit I've received from my PARDP experience has been the opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge towards a meaningful career and fulfilling a dream I've had since grad school: working on Mission Innovation. Had it not been for the well-run PARDP recruitment and matching process with hiring managers, I would not have landed in such an ideal team that fully aligns with my educational background and passions.
Dimitri Temnikov, Policy Analyst, Innovation and Energy Technology Sector (PARDP 2016)
Thanks to PARDP, I am learning how data is used to inform clean growth policies, about the mechanisms through which government invests in innovative research and development, and how to effectively communicate the essentials of any issue. While working in a bureaucratic organization has its challenges, I am constantly motivated by the passion, expertise, and resourcefulness of my fellow PARDPs and NRCan colleagues.
Tomas Delsolar Gunn, Policy Analyst, Land and Minerals Sector (PARDP 2017)
From French training opportunities to learning about the world of GIS mapping, the Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program has provided me with a range of opportunities to build on my skill-set and develop a strong foundation for my career as a policy analyst. The network of graduates offers great mentorship opportunities and allows you to connect with others at similar stages in their careers.
Audrey Cheung, Policy Analyst, Major Projects Management Office (PARDP 2017)
The Major Projects Management Office has been a great place to learn about horizontal inter-departmental coordination initiatives and work closely with senior analysts and executives.
Hooria Raza, Economist, Canadian Forestry Service (PARDP 2018)
The PARDP program has given me a head start in my career. The rotational component offers a valuable opportunity to explore different career paths in the public service, and the program provides many other opportunities to learn and grow professionally. These include unique access to resources like guest speakers, language training, mentors, and networking with people across different sectors at NRCan.
Wrenna Robertson, Policy Analyst, Energy Sector (PARDP 2016)
Through PARDP, I have had the opportunity to take direct action on climate change through my work on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change; to help ensure that our policies and programs equitably benefit all Canadians as lead for Gender Based Analysis; and to support evidence-based policy and program development by contributing to government-wide policy experimentation.
In short, the program has offered an unparalleled introduction to the vastly diverse and meaningful world that is policy – and provided me with a limitless career that I love.
Monica Reed, Policy Analyst, Innovation and Energy Technology Sector (PARDP 2017)
PARDP has been an ideal introduction to the public service. With access to unique development opportunities, language training, and a network of people across the department, the program has supported significant professional growth and has allowed me to cultivate meaningful connections. I was able to utilize the PARDP network to find many intriguing opportunities and will soon rotate to a dream position for the final year of the program.
Mark Carras, Policy Analyst, Energy Sector (PARDP 2017)
Being in PARDP has provided me with a new and expanded network of established and up-and-coming leaders, exposure to senior executives, and the chance to be involved in a reputable program that can be leveraged to open new professional opportunities inside and outside of the department. Being new to Ottawa when I started the program, PARDP also provided an immediate social network of with whom I could share my thoughts and the challenges of being a civil servant, as well as explore the national capital region.
Lyne Maheu, Policy Analyst, G7 Task Team (PARDP 2015)
During my PARDP experience, I've had the chance to participate in Indigenous consultation meetings, plan international Ministerial missions, as well as polish my writing, collaboration and communications skills. The program also allowed me to build an impressive network of colleagues and mentors who continue to provide advice and support as I pursue my career as a public servant within the Government of Canada.
Christine Martel-Fleming, Policy Analyst, Land and Minerals Sector (PARDP 2018)
Since beginning my first PARDP rotation with the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan Secretariat, I have been exposed to new opportunities and challenges on a daily basis. Whether it's helping to facilitate a stakeholder engagement session across Canada, presenting to a group of Director Generals on the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, or developing a jurisdictional analysis of Canada's global mining competitors, I continually feel encouraged and supported in my professional development.
Curtis McKinney, Policy Analyst, Indigenous Partnerships Office – West (PARDP 2016)
Through PARDP, I received an incredible amount of support and agency to pursue initiatives I was passionate about. This led to my cohort teaming up to design and execute a project that amounted a very unique development opportunity that contributed to the work of several teams within NRCan. For a development program, PARDP has a lot to offer if you're willing to go after it.
Amélie Veillette, Policy Analyst, Innovation and Energy Technology Sector (PARDP 2015)
PARDP allowed me to explore different career paths and to build a strong professional network that continues to support my development and to provide me with interesting and challenging opportunities.
Alex Miller, Policy Analyst, Land and Minerals Sector (PARDP 2017)
PARDP has provided me with an excellent network of current and past participants, which has allowed me to extend my professional network across NRCan and learn about different initiatives in Government. The professional development opportunities, such as language and skill training, have been immensely beneficial thus far in my career.
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