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Dr. Julie Sunday

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Julie Sunday is a Senior Executive with the Government of Canada. She is currently a Special Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer of Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

Julie holds a Ph.D. (Political Anthropology) from McMaster University’s Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. She lives in Berlin with her husband who is posted with the Canadian Embassy.

Julie Sunday is a Senior Executive with the Government of Canada. She is currently working as a Special Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer of Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Julie has worked on a number of high priority policy files for the Canadian government in diverse areas including: foreign policy, clean tech & climate change, science, technology and innovation, indigenous, and immigration and refugee policy. Specific positions include: Executive Director for Planning and Governance (DG-level) at the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (2017-2018); Director General, Innovation and Energy Technology, Natural Resources Canada. Executive Director, Clean Technology Task Force, Natural Resources Canada (2016), and Director for Science, Technology, and Innovation, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (2013-2015). Julie also worked as Analyst in the Social Development Policy Secretariat at the Privy Council Office where she provided policy advice to the Prime Minister and supported the Cabinet Committee on Social Affairs.

Julie holds a Ph.D. (Political Anthropology) from McMaster University’s Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. She is currently living in Berlin with her husband who is posted with the Canadian Embassy.

The Modern Canadian State: Governance, Identity, and Contemporary Policy Challenges

This seminar offers a critical examination of Canadian democracy and institutional structures, with particular emphasis on issues related to identity and diversity. The course is premised on the notion that understanding Canadian identity, in its multiplicity, is integral to assessing opportunities and constraints in the State’s ability to address contemporary policy challenges. Federal, indigenous, international, and provincial considerations provide a critical lens to assess emerging opportunities and challenges. The course will be structured into three main parts: Part 1: The Canadian State and Structures of Government - Will examine the Constitution, the political executive, the role of the Courts, and the Federal-Provincial-Territorial relationship; Part 2: Canadian Identity - Understanding the Demos - Will explore Quebec nationalism; Crown-Indigenous relations; multiculturalism and immigration; and gender issues; Part 3: Contemporary Policy Challenges - Will critically examine the ability of the State to address key challenges related to the economy, the environment, and foreign affairs.