Meet our Graduates

Vanessa Dupuis

Vanessa is currently Manager, Government Relations at Loblaw Companies Limited. After completing her MA in Political Science, Vanessa participated in an internship program at the Ontario Legislature. She then accepted a position with the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, where she worked for five years. Vanessa started out as an Audit Researcher, before being promoted to various positions, becoming the Strategic and Operations Advisor to the Auditor General. While at the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, Vanessa also completed a Master of Laws Degree at the University of Toronto.

Rich Appiah

Following his graduation from the University of Guelph in 2002, Rich attended Osgoode Hall Law School where he earned his law degree. After practicing employment and labour law for almost 11 years an associate and partner, Rich started his own firm, known as Appiah Law | Employment + Labour Counsel. Owing to the critical thinking and strong writing skills that he acquired as a political science student, Rich is able to communicate strategic legal advice to clients in a comprehensive, clear and accessible manner.

Rachel Rizzuto

Rachel is the Research Coordinator for Northern Policy Institute, an independent policy think tank for Northern Ontario. After graduating from the University of Guelph, she completed her master's at the University of Waterloo where she was introduced to public policy in the North. Rachel now leads the research branch at NPI and draws on the foundations that were built by U of G’s Political Science program. In her role, she provides research expertise on a range of projects that aim to help northern communities thrive.

After Graduation

The skills you develop as a political science student will equip you for a wide variety of careers. These are just some of the career paths that our alumni have taken:

Private Sector

  • Community Organization
  • Consulting
  • Government Relations
  • Law Clerk
  • Lawyer
  • Public Relations and Communications Specialist

Public Sector

  • City Councillor
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Immigration and Revenue Officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Political Staffer
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Teacher

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