Pamela Bryant


Pam is a Fellow and Professor at the School of Public Policy.  She teaches a course in the core MPP curriculum and is faculty co-ordinator for several student leadership initiatives.  She played a founding role in design and launch of the School, including development of the MPP internship program and in building relationships with governments, business and the non-profit sectors.  Prior to joining SPPG, Pam’s 32 year career spanned local government and the Ontario Public Service, serving  in various  senior executive roles including Assistant Deputy Minister appointments in the Management Board Secretariat, Community and Social Services, Ontario Women’s Directorate and Citizenship and Immigration.  From 2004-5 she served as Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Immigration and Deputy Minister responsible for the OWD and the Seniors Secretariat.   Pam has extensive experience in public policy development and public service delivery reform and co-led the founding of the OPS Policy Innovation and Leadership initiative.  She has an Honours B.A. in Sociology from McMaster University and an M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Toronto.



Michael Valpy

MVMichael is a journalist and sessional instructor in University of Toronto’s book and media studies program. He began his journalistic career on The Vancouver Sun and became that newspaperʼs associate editor and national political columnist. For The Globe and Mail, he has been a member of the editorial board, Ottawa political columnist, Africa correspondent, deputy managing editor and columnist on social and political issues.

He has produced public affairs documentaries for CBC Radio (Sunday Morning), written for Macleanʼs, Elm Street, Shambhala Sun, Policy Options and Time (Canada) magazines, contributed chapters to several books on public policy issues, won three national newspaper awards (two for international reporting and one for the impact of children from dysfunctional families on the public education system) and been nominated for a fourth (for a profile of Michael Ignatieff), co- authored two books on Canadaʼs Constitution — The National Deal (1982) and To Match A Dream (1998) — and one on Canadaʼs emerging generation of adults — New Canada: Report on the Next Generation (2003).

He was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature in 1997 by Trent University and the Queenʼs Golden Jubilee Medal for his journalism in 2002. He is a senior fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto, a fellow at U of Tʼs School of Public Policy and Governance, the 2011-2012 Canwest Global Fellow in Media at University of Western Ontario and the 2012-2013 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy during which he carried out an 18-month inquiry into the state of social cohesion in Canada.

Gave Lindo

Gave Lindo is currently the Executive Director of the Reelworld Film Festival and Foundation. He has over 10 years of experience in the media sector as a lawyer, executive and board director having worked as a former Deputy Director and Manager of Business and Rights with CBC/Radio Canada and media lawyer with Fasken Martineau LLP. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Laidlaw Foundation, a board member of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Story Money Impact Foundation, and Canada’s Top 10, and an advisor to the Centre for Social Innovation’s Solutions Media Accelerator and the MaRS Studio [Y] program. Previously, he served as Chair of CBC/Radio Canada’s Diversity & Inclusion committee where he led the formulation of the public broadcaster’s policies and initiatives to create more representative programming across the country. He has served as a board member of numerous arts organizations such as the Obsidian Theatre Company, ArtsSmarts, and blackandblue dance projects, and was selected as a DiverseCity Fellow by CivicAction. He holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Toronto.

Julia Drydyk

For over 10 years, Julia has been involved in conducting research, community engagement and progressive policy development at the neighbourhood, municipal and provincial level. Throughout her tenure at Public Interest, Julia supported dozens of non-profits and community-based agencies by conducting qualitative and quantitative research and community engagement to support effective program development and high impact organizations. In her role as Manager of Research, Public Policy & Evaluation at United Way Toronto and York Region (UWTYR), she conducted a range of research and evaluation activities toward the successful implementation of UWTYR’s strategic priorities. This included supporting UWTYR’s Youth Success Strategy and Community Services Strategy.

Julia was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services where she provides strategic policy advice toward the transformation of Ontario’s social assistance programs.

Julia is currently Managing Director at Public Interest Strategy & Communications Inc.

She has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy & Governance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from York University.