Local Government ProgramWestern Social Science


"The MPA program has been an essential and critical piece of my personal development. The program offers very strategic insight into policy development, governance structure and principled strategic decision making. This program is a must for anyone striving for senior leadership in public service."
Dan Mathieson, M.P.A
Mayor, City of Stratford
Chair, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

"Completing the MPA program was an amazing experience. It was very applicable to my day to day work. It brought theory together with practical experiences. It brought different perspectives between experienced professionals and new graduates and provided a great forum for sharing. Not only was this learning valuable but before even finishing the MPA opened new opportunities for my career growth. I would certainly recommend the program to prospective students."
Sherry Fahim, PMP, B.Eng., MPA
Director, I&T Portfolio Management
City of Toronto

“To this day, I attribute many of the skills and comprehensive analytical thinking that I use daily to the course work, readings and active classroom participation that I experienced during my involvement with the MPA Program.”
Jay Stanford, M.A., M.P.A.,
Director, Environmental Programs & Solid Waste
City of London

"I was a member of the first graduating class of in-career MPA students in 1992. What I'll always treasure about the Program was the exchange of information based on real-world practice of local government managers. It complimented the in-class instruction. The Western MPA Program was a definite asset to my professional career as a local government manager.”
Jeff Celentano, M.P.A.,
Municipality of Callander

"Local Government Alumni are leaders in their own right and many of our Alumni hold key leadership positions in the public sector. The Local Government Program provides Graduates with the academic foundation and networking opportunities to pave their way to career success."
Lee Anne Doyle, M.P.A.
Local Government Program Alumni Society President - 2010
Executive Director of Building/Chief Building Official
City of Windsor

“The University of Western Ontario’s MPA program provides a unique opportunity to learn alongside professionals already employed in the public sector across the province. Getting a glimpse of how senior managers make decisions is irreplaceable as you transition from academic life to the work place. For me personally, being immersed in the classroom with experienced executives provided a level of confidence once I moved from the classroom to the boardroom that has allowed me to translate my own ideas into actions.”
Tom North, M.P.A.
Project Manager, Assistant Deputy Minister’s Office,
Ministry of the Environment

“The MPA program provided me the opportunity to expand my knowledge base while enhancing my research and analytical skills. In addition, I benefited from the experiences of my part-time counterparts who worked in various public sector disciplines. Equally as important, I learned from the full-time students. I considered their perspectives and contributions to be vital to my learning experience as they are our employees and professional partners of tomorrow.”
Brent Shea, M.P.A.
Deputy Chief, Operations
London Police Service