IPAC Student Essay Competition

Formerly known as the Blueprint 2020 Student Essay Competition

Each year, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) hosts a paper competition that asks Master's and PhD students to provide their perspectives on what we can do to create a forward-looking federal public service. Now in its fifth year, the competition started as part of the Blueprint 2020 initiative for public service renewal and "has expanded to address broader questions of public service renewal and public policy." The competition is sponsored by the  Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans, IPAC, and the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University.

In 2018-2019, the Grand Prize winner(s) of the national competition will receive:

  • a paid opportunity to work directly within government on a casual contract or term assignment (4 months, during the period of May 2018 to March 2019) as determined by the hosting federal Government Organization or Department;
  • a certificate to recognize their accomplishment;
  • an invitation to attend the Manion Lecture in the National Capital Region (Ottawa) or another applicable keystone event;
  • an opportunity to present their paper on a national platform (round-trip travel costs, if applicable, will be reimbursed for the winner(s) and their university coordinator). 

Papers must be a maximum of 1,500, in English or French, and should address one or both of this year's questions (available on the IPAC website and in the competition guidelines), on public service renewal and the challenges facing Canada into the future.   

The internal deadline for submission for students at the JSGS is January 15, 2019. Please submit your paper to the academic lead on your campus.

Past JSGS Finalists in the Blueprint 2020 Student Essay Competition include:

2014-15 Top 10 Finalists category Paper
Kendra Gellner Destination 2020: Unpacking the Innovation Agenda
Evan Horbay Blueprint 2020: Changing Demographics, Participation, and the Smart Use of Technology
Richard Rieger A New CODE for Governing Information Technology Usage: Analysis of Information Technology Policies in the Federal Public Service
2013-14 Top 10 Finalists category
Amanda Vindevoghel Cundall A Cultural Shift: Mental Wellness in the Public Service of Canada
William Robinson Building the Public Service of the Future
Tracey Morgans Transforming Culture in the Workplace
Rayelle Johnston Investing in Access to Information to Support Public Service Values of Respect for Democracy Service to the Public and Professional Excellence
Ryan Gray Thinking Outside the Box: Crowdsourcing Graduate Students for Policy Innovation Introduction
Katie Geoghegan An Initiative for Collaborative Innovation in Canada’s Federal Public Sector
Chris Blackmore Breaking the “Consultocracy”: A Case for Management Consulting Reduction within the Federal Public Service