Throwback Thursday: January in Review

5 months down, 5 to go!

January marked the start of a new year as well as the halfway point of our internship. We’ve managed to pack a lot of exciting activities into the first half of the programme, and January was no different.

2017 might be the Year of the Rooster, but for the interns, January was the Month of the Premiers. We met with the Honourable(s) Kathleen Wynne, Dalton McGuinty, David Peterson, and Bob Rae. It was great to meet with all of them and hear about the role of Premier from so many knowledgeable sources (as always, check out our other blogs for details about each meeting).

One of our first meetings of the year was with our incredible sponsor the Insurance Broker’s Association of Ontario. While we all knew about insurance, we didn’t know much about insurance brokers, so we had the chance to sit down with Brett Boadway to learn about the industry and its work.

We also had the opportunity to visit another sponsor, Estee Lauder, at their manufacturing facility in Markham. During the visit we got to see how lipstick is made, and even got to make some of our own!

Other key sponsor meetings included AMAPCEO, the bargaining agent for professional and supervisory public servants in Ontario—including many OLIP alumni working in the OPS, and VIA Rail, who provided the transportation for our Quebec City-Ottawa trip.  

With the internship half finished, January also meant it’s time to get serious about our OLIP academic papers. Mid-month, we spent the day planning our proposals and hearing what everyone has in store for their paper and the CPSA conference in May at Ryerson University. Stay tuned to future blogs posts to learn more about our papers and the CPSA conference!

February may be the shortest month of the year, but with our trip to Yellowknife and new placements, it certainly won’t be the dullest. Keep following the blog and check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for details on everything we’re up to!


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