OLIP interns were happy to meet with Chris Shantz, a former OLIP intern from the 2003-2004 year and current Senior Program Consultant in the Ontario Public Service at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Mr. Shantz shared his insights into his experience as an OLIP intern, where he worked with Deb Matthews (MPP-London North Centre) and John O’Toole (MPP-Durham), as well as his career path after OLIP, which included grad school and working as a political staffer for the Caucus Chair and in the Minister’s Office at the Ministry for Child and Youth Services, before transitioning to the public service. It was fascinating to hear about his different experiences as an OLIP intern, a political staffer, and bureaucrat.
We really enjoyed talking to Mr. Shantz about the transition from partisan politics to a career in the bureaucracy, and on the importance of the unique OLIP experience to our future careers. Many of us are interested in pursuing a career in the public sector, and appreciated talking to Mr. Shantz about how the in depth understanding of Ontario politics acquired through OLIP and later as a political staffer, has been an asset to his work in public service at both the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Even though the transition from the fast-paced partisan politics of Queen’s Park to the bureaucracy took some getting used to). We really appreciated hearing his insights about both the political and bureaucratic sides of the policy process.
Thank you Mr. Shantz for taking the time to meet with us, and for welcoming us into the extended OLIP family!
By Emily Barrette