Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals and graduate students, are the backbone of IPI. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn about our incredible team members.
Our Executive Team
Director of Communications
Director of Logistics
Catherine is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She worked as a Policy Researcher with the federal government at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Currently, Catherine is pursuing a collaborative specialization in Environmental Studies and an exchange at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. She is also part of University of Toronto's CANSTOREnergy project focusing on Yukon and Hamilton Indigenous land rights and governance contexts. In addition to IPI, Catherine serves as the Finance Director of MPPSA.
Director of Outreach/Recruitment
Director of Events
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Our Policy Analysts
Maya Rotstein is currently a first-year Master of Global Affairs candidate at Munk. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Development at McGill University. Maya has a variety of interdisciplinary passions including gender equality, refugee rights, sustainability, and Indigenous rights. She is super excited to be a part of IPI in order to create impactful change in a variety of Indigenous issues, and is passionate about developing sustainable and innovative solutions to support inclusive and equitable growth for all. She is particularly interested in policy work that addresses how governments can include Indigenous-led conservation and community empowerment to address collaborative approaches to climate adaptation policies.
Lindsay Bain (she/her) is a proud Anishinaabe’kwe from Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation in Treaty #3 territory, currently in the final year of the MPP program at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her research on nuclear policy, Indigenous rights, and consent-based siting for projects involving Indigenous partners has garnered a prestigious SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is employed part time in the Territorial Planning Unit (Environmental Department) of Grand Council Treaty #3 as the TPU Regulatory Manager where she works with proponents, governments, and other organizations alongside the TPU to educate and ensure respect and compliance of Treaty #3 laws and processes (specifically Manito Aki Inaakonigewin) in relation to any development in the Treaty #3 Territory. Lindsay’s passionate about Indigenous policy and is looking forward to supporting IPI’s efforts and advocacy through the year.
Chela Rafferty is a first year Masters of Public Policy student at Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Equity, Diversity, and Human Rights from Laurentian University. Chela has six years of experience working in perinatal health as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Her work in healthcare has made her passionate about understanding and advocating for those who are being underrepresented in policy work and politics.
James Rockingham is a first year Public Policy student at Munk School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. He currently works for Emergency Management Ontario where he has supported the provincial response to First Nation emergencies, this includes all phases of Covid-19. At Emergency Management Ontario, Jamie currently engages and consults Indigenous organizations on emergency management programs. Jamie continues to focus his studies on Indigenous self-determination in an emergency management context.
Claire Posno is a Master of Global Affairs candidate at the University of Toronto's Munk School. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, with majors in Criminology and Sociology. Claire is interested in the ways racialized travellers may dissociate from their religion and/or cultures to avoid targeted security at international borders. Another area of interest is how borders and surveillance will evolve in the Arctic and the implications this will have on Indigenous Peoples.