Erika Cook is in her second year at NPSIA, pursuing her M.A. in International Affairs with a specialization in International Economic Policy. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, she holds a B.A. in English from Concordia University of Edmonton. Erika is currently working as a policy analyst for the federal Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development on a range of issues related to international telecommunications. She has previously worked as a Canada Institute Program intern at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C., where her work was focused on strengthening the bilateral relationship between Canada and United States. Prior to this, she served as an intern in the Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, then Minister of Public Works.
Andrej Litvinjenko is in the joint law/NPSIA program, specializing in international law and international economic policy. He received his first Masters degree from Carleton University in Political Science and his B.A. Honours from Nipissing University in Political Science and History. He served former Member of Parliament Jay Aspin for four years as a Parliamentary Assistant. He advised the Member on legislation and policy, particularly with regard to the aerospace, space, and cleantech industries. Before that, he served in the Prime Minister’s Office as a research intern for finance issues. He is currently working with the Centre for Trade Law and Policy as a Trade Policy Associate, assisting the Director in the development of online education modules.
Jacqui Ruesga is a Mexican-Canadian in her second year at NPSIA, pursuing her M.A. in International Affairs, specializing in International Development Policy. She has a B.A. Honours from Carleton University in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. She has experience working in the diplomatic field as an intern at both the Mexican Embassy in Ottawa, and the Embassy of Canada in Bucharest, Romania. Currently, she is studying abroad in Rome, Italy and will return to work as a Junior Policy Analyst in Bilateral and Multilateral Affairs for Environment Canada.