We’re currently seeking coordinators for the 2017-18 Women in House program!

Three coordinators are selected each year from the pool of past participants (from any year) who are current students at McGill (in any year of any program). It is a yearlong commitment that involves overseeing all aspects of the Ottawa trip (including advertising, selection of and communication with participants, communication with parliamentarians and other speakers, fundraising and budgeting, and logistics) and any additional events (e.g. speaking events or conferences) the coordinators may undertake to organize.

The experience is an extremely rewarding way of giving back to the program and playing an active role in helping to render it even more accessible and meaningful. We strongly urge all interested past participants to apply, as this program relies on volunteer coordinators to continue!

Applications will be accepted from now until FRIDAY, MARCH 31 AT 5 P.M. Note that we will not be able to accept any applications after Friday March 31 at 5 p.m., so please plan to submit early so that you don’t miss this incredible opportunity!

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 2017-2018 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 31, 2017 at 5 p.m.

If you are selected for an interview we will contact you to schedule a time shortly after April 1.

Please include the following information:
– Full name
– Email
– Phone number
– McGill student ID number
– Year and program/major
– Spoken and written French abilities
– Year of participation in the Women in House program
– Expected Graduation Date (Month and Year)

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 Rosie Long Decter, Malaya Powers, and Simone Cavanaugh at

Past Coordinators

The coordinators for the 2016-17 program are Malaya Powers, Simone Cavanaugh, and Rosie Long Decter. Their biographies can be found on the 2016-2017 Program page.

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


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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