Women in House has a mandate to promote women’s representation in politics by giving McGill students an inside look into the lives of female MPs and Senators in the Canadian federal government. The purpose is to foster a desire for political involvement in – and enthusiasm for – politics among students, while showcasing the successes of females who have broken through gender barriers to enter political life. The program is a fully subsidized, two-day trip to Ottawa, during which participants take a tour of Parliament, hear individual speakers and panel discussions, and shadow a female MP or Senator.

Typically, 3 coordinators organize the McGill program each year. Please note that you must be a past participant of the program and returning McGill Student to be eligible for this position. If you are interested in applying to be one of the 2018-2019 Women in House Coordinators, please send a copy of your CV (maximum 2 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) to Please title your email “Coordinator Application.”

This application is due March 30th, 2018.

 Interviews will be around 30 minutes and will be on April 4th between 12pm-2:30pm and April 5th between 9:00am-10:30am. Please indicate which time slot you would prefer between those two. We will contact you to schedule an interview time shortly after the application deadline.

Please include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • McGill student ID number
  • Year and major
  • Spoken and written French abilities
  • Year of participation in the Women in House program

Please speak to the following in your application:

  • Your reason for applying
  • Relevant leadership, volunteer, internship, or work experience
  • Strengths and knowledge that make you the ideal coordinator
  • Any other information you believe the selection committee should be aware of

Should you have any questions regarding coordinating, please email Kharoll-Ann Souffrant, Danielle Bohonos and Madeleine Macdonald at

For further information about the program, please visit


2017-18 Coordinators are Madeleine Macdonald, Danielle Bohonos & Kharoll-Ann Souffrant. Their bios can be found here.

Past Coordinators

The former coordinators of McGill Women in House are a group of accomplished women who have gone on to pursue their interests in a variety of fields. Below is a recent list of our former coordinators and what they’ve been up to.

If you are a past coordinator and would like to see your profile added or updated, please email


Malaya Powers


From: Vancouver, British Columbia

Program: BA, Honours Political Science, Minor in Sexual Diversity Studies and East Asian Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts

Since a very young age, I have been a fierce feminist and immensely interested in politics. However, it was my participation in the 2014 Women in House Program during my second year of university that inspired me to join a political party, run for the presidency of a political group on campus and join the executive of a feminist group at McGill. Being awarded the incredible opportunity to meet and surround myself with such strong female role models changed my life through the program’s power to motivate women, and I couldn’t be more excited to help recreate this experience for other women.

I look forward to continuing to apply an intersectional approach to the program and including as many diverse voices as possible. I look forward to meeting you all!

Simone Cavanaugh


From: Montreal, Quebec

Program: BCL/ LL.B, Major in International Human Rights and Development, Faculty of Law

My experience as a participant for the 2015-2016 Women in House program was incredibly empowering. It was a great opportunity to fill any gaps in my knowledge about how the political system functions in principle, how it functions in practice, and the challenges women on the Hill have been overcoming for decades, side by side. I am excited to coordinate this year’s program along side an exceptional team to enable another group of McGill women to discover and develop their political penchants.

As a woman with a chronic illness/disability and a lifelong human rights activist, I have experienced how important it is to have a diverse range of voices sitting at the table for real change to take place. This year is an important one in Canadian politics as many new government programs and initiatives are underway, I am certain this will make for an eventful and meaningful experience for all our incoming participants. I can’t wait!

Rosie Long Decter

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From: Toronto, Ontario

Program: BA, Joint Honours Political Science and English – Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts

Women in House was one of my first formative experiences at McGill. As a nervous first-year, the program provided me with inspiring female role models and encouraged me to take on campus leadership roles, such as working as an editor at The McGill Daily newspaper. Now, in my last year at McGill, I’m thrilled to return to Women in House in hopes of creating a program that will be equally empowering!

To me, Women in House is an essential program at McGill not just because it shows young women that they can work on Parliament Hill someday, but because it enables them to engage critically with politics as a gender issue and to get politically active on campus now. I hope that this year’s Women in House program will continue to incite discussions around equity and intersectionality and challenge the Canadian political status quo.


Celeste Matthews

Participating in the Women in House program in 2013 was a unique, energizing, and incredibly inspiring experience. As a participant, I experienced firsthand the unparalleled power of surrounding oneself with encouraging, motivating and refreshing female role models. Coordinating the 2015-2016 Women in House season was even more fun, as I was able to provide other women with the same life-changing opportunity that I was offered. This past year, we ensured that there was a focus on intersectionality and the many different spheres that women occupy by hosting a 15th anniversary conference. As Women in House continues to make its mark through the years, I hope to see an increasing awareness towards the obstacles facing Indigenous women, women of colour, women in the LGBTQ community, women with disabilities, and women from a range of social and economic backgrounds.

By keeping the topic of women’s political representation in the spotlight and empowering youth, I know that we will overcome all obstacles and change the world for ourselves, our daughters, and all women in the future. I look forward to seeing where Women in House goes in the future and I’m excited to continue advancing women’s issues as I study law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

Allyson Taylor

Allyson Taylor completed her B.A. Hons. in Political Science with a minor in French Literature at McGill in 2014. She participated in Women in House in her third year before becoming a coordinator in 2015-2016. She is currently pursuing the joint BCL/LL.B. program at McGill’s Faculty of Law, where she works as a research assistant in health law and provides legal information to disadvantaged members of the Montreal community as an advisor at Project Genesis.

Michelle Lahey


Lana Belber

Lana received her BA in Anthropology and Political Science from McGill University in 2014. After coordinating Women in House, she was a Jaimie Anderson Parliamentary Intern in the office of Andrew Cash, Member of Parliament for Davenport. She is pursuing a joint BCL/LL.B at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. She remains politically active and continues to advocate for more equitable representation in Canada’s institutions of power, and for stronger relationships between formal government bodies and community organizations.

Jocelyn Micallef

Jocelyn graduated from McGill in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Cognitive Science, minoring in Political Science. She is currently working in Student Services at McGill as Interim Health Promotion Coordinator.  She is currently very excited to have recently voted in the first federal election that she has been of voting age!

Natasha Howell


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Finola Hackett completed her BA&Sc at McGill in 2013, majoring in Environment and minoring in Political Science. She is looking forward to pursuing her interests in global health policy and social and environmental determinants of health. In fall 2014 she will be interning in the Department of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Elyse Surette-DiMuzio


Elyse completed her BA in Political Science at McGill with minors in International Relations and Italian Studies and went on to complete an MBA in International Development Management at Carleton University. She has experience working in communications, fundraising, and change management for various NGOs, at UN Headquarters in New York, and with the Department of Justice and the Immigration and Refugee Board. Now the Social Media Manager for the Liberal Party of Canada, Elyse has always considered Women in House to be the first stepping stone that inspired her to pursue a career in politics.

Shaina Agbayani

ShainaSince coordinating the Women in House Program, Shaina was selected as one of two Filipino-Canadian youth delegates to go to the first Powershift Climate Justice Conference in the Philippines, which followed the events of Typhoon Haiyan. Shaina’s experience  meeting amazing women leading the fight for climate justice has inspired her to further do social and environmental justice activism that holistically considers intersections between gender, race, class, migration, colonialism, and environmental  justice.


Vanessa Wattamaniuk

2012-2013_Vanessa Wattamaniuk croppedSince graduating with her BA from McGill in April 2013, Vanessa has worked as a tour guide at the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France. She has also previously worked as a guide at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa.



Kiara Kaminski

2012-2013_Kiara KaminskiKiara is studying towards her BA in Economics and Religious Studies at McGill, anticipated completion in 2014. She has completed internships in New York for Locus Analytics, an economic think-tank, and the OneVoice Movement, an international grassroots NGO. 


Amar Nijhawan

2012-2013_Amar Nijhawan croppedAmar completed her BA in Political Science and International Development at McGill in 2013. She has recently been conducting field work with the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development in India, focusing on women’s empowerment through agricultural participation in rural Punjab.



Talitha Calder

2011-2012 Talitha CalderTalitha graduated from McGill in 2013 with a degree in Joint-Honours Political Science and International Development Studies, and currently works as an intern at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. She hopes to continue researching and developing social policies that focus on improving the livelihoods of women, children and youth, and marginalized communities in Manitoba.  

Jade Chong-Smith

2011-2012_Jade Chong-Smith croppedJade graduated in 2013 with a B.A. & Sc. in Environment (Honours), and a minor in International Relations. She has worked as a summer intern for the Senate of Canada in Ottawa, and as a legal literacy consultant for the Commonwealth of Learning working on women’s rights issues in Tamil Nadu, India. She is currently pursuing a J.D. at Yale Law School, from which she will graduate in 2016.

Casey McDermott

2011-2012_Casey McDermottCasey graduated in 2012 with her BA in Political Science (honours) with a double minor in Economics and East Asian Studies. She spent the last year working in disaster risk management for UNDP and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Nepal. She is currently pursuing her MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics. 


Mariel Aramburu

2010-2011_Mariel Aramburu croppedMariel graduated from McGill in 2012 with a BA in Political Science and International Development Studies. She now serves as Minister’s Assistant to the Alberta Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations. After graduating, Mariel also spent a summer in Washington, DC working on inter-American policy.

Ciara Hart

Ciara worked as a legal assistant at two law firms in Toronto after graduating from McGill in 2011. Currently she is in South Korea teaching English, and plans on beginning graduate studies in 2014.

Monique Evans

2010-2011_Monique EvansMonique graduated from McGill in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Political Science and Chemistry. She is currently in her second year of law school at the University of Ottawa and has accepted an offer for summer articles in 2014 at Davis LLP in Vancouver.



Mylène Freeman

2009-2010_Mylene Freeman croppedMylène was elected in 2011 as the Member of Parliament for the Québec riding of Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel, and she is also currently elected Chair of the NDP Women’s Caucus. She has been involved with the New Democratic Party in various capacities since 2007. Mylène holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill in Political Science and Philosophy.  

Jessica Ho-Wo-Cheong

2009-2010_Jessica Cheung croppedJessica is in her third year of a civil law degree at l’Université de Montreal, and in the fall of 2013 she was on exchange at the University of Kent. She was a judge of the International Court of Justice at this year’s Model United Nations in Sheffield, and also has enjoyed volunteering at the Kent Law Clinic.




Etana Cain

2008-2009_Etana Cain croppedEtana founded the Equal Voice Youth Chapter during her undergraduate studies at McGill. She has since worked on Parliament Hill, both for a party leader and a Toronto area Member of Parliament. Etana pursued graduate studies at the University of Waterloo where she completed a Master’s of Arts with a specialization in gender and politics, and she has been active with the Equal Voice National Capital Region chapter.

Eszter Biro


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Sarah Pinnington Mutlu

Sarah graduated from McGill in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After McGill, she completed an MA in Political Studies at the University of Ottawa and worked for the federal government in a variety of capacities, including a student position on the Privy Council Office’s Afghanistan Task Force and a research position at the Immigration and Refugee Board. She also volunteered with a sexual health organization serving the greater Ottawa area. She currently lives in Ankara, Turkey.

Catherine Rousseau-Saine

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Dr. Karen Born

Dr. Karen Born is Knowledge Translation Lead for Choosing Wisely Canada and teaches health policy at University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.
Karen has worked in a number of research and policy positions in Ontario’s health care system, and co-founded the health care policy blog, Karen holds a PhD in Health Service Research from the University of Toronto (2014), an MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics (2005) and an Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University (2004).


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