A Feast for the Senses: OLIP Alumni Dinner

Thursday, January 19 marked one of the high points on this year’s interns’ social calendars: the OLIP Alumni Dinner. Thanks to the hard work of Alumni Chair Lauren Hanna, we knew we had a stellar list of former interns who were joining us to reminisce and reconnect.
It was great to have the opportunity to mingle with some old and new friends, and hear about what exciting careers they had forged. As the year progresses we’re all thinking more about what comes after, and it’s reassuring to hear about the wide variety of fields in which OLIP alumni are now working.
Although the food was delicious, my highlight was the speech by Michael Bryant. Although he couldn’t give us a sneak preview of his forthcoming book, Mr. Bryant certainly charmed us with his candour and reflections on his time in office.
He focused particularly on his time as Minister of Economic Development, and the challenges of taking on that portfolio just as Lehman Brothers went under. It was great to get a small glimpse inside Cabinet’s thinking at this critical economic time. I also appreciated his reflections on inequality and poverty as some of the most pressing issues facing society today.
Mr. Bryant certainly enhanced a memorable evening, and we’re very grateful he agreed to come. To all the other alumni, it was a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to reconnecting at the next alumni dinner four years from now (and hopefully before that too!).


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