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Students Welcoming Event 2022

Welcoming Event for Students 2022


Every year, students continue to prove the worth of their contribution to the renewal of the Government of Canada. Their curiosity, innovative ideas and learned experiences are important assets to all federal departments and agencies.

Hosted in collaboration with the Federal Youth Network, the 2022 Welcoming Event for Students features a full day of learning and networking activities for students working across the government. This event is designed to welcome and orient students, mark their arrival to the public service, and give them the tools they need to make their government experience a success.

Although portions of this event are geared to newly hired students, it is open to all students working in the Government of Canada. Join us to take advantage of the learning and networking opportunities available throughout the day!

  • Date and time: June 9, 2022 | 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (ET)
  • Registration deadline: June 8, 2022, 4:00 pm (ET)
  • Language: Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages
  • Location: This event will be delivered virtually. A link to the virtual expo will be provided to registered participants.
    • Please note:
      • Some segments during the day will be on Zoom. Downloading Zoom to your computer is not necessary - you can view it on the web.
      • You can use your personal computer if the work computer does not allow you to view Zoom.
  • Audience: Students in the public service
  • Registration: https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/events/2022-students/index-eng.aspx#


Time Segment Info
10:30 am to 11:00 am Self-directed exploration of kiosks Kiosks
  • Federal Youth Network
  • Canada School of Public Service
  • GC Students
  • GC Jobs
  • Interdepartmental Communities
  • GC Onboarding
  • Public Service Renewal
  • GC Mentorship
  • Canada’s Free Agents
  • Flex GC
  • Office of Public Service Accessibility
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • GC Mental Health
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Student welcoming event Speakers


  • Audrey-Anne Racine, Human Resources Advisor, Employment and Social Development Canada and GC Students Co-Chair
  • Tabassum Khan, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Orientation to the public service, student edition To come
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Ask-us-anything session Speakers
  • Priyanka Sharma, GC Students Co-Chair and Advisor, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Jennifer Thorne, Public Service Renewal at Privy Council Office
  • Alexandra Scott, Human Resources Advisor at Public Service Commission
  • Samantha Prosper, Student for National Indigenous Student Circle at Public Service Commission


  • Rubina Boucher, Service Client Benefit Officer, Service Canada
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Virtual networking in Wonder.me Instructions on how to use Wonder.me


Name Biography
Véronic M. Gachignac
Indigenous Student Employment Opportunities
Human Resources Advisor, Indigenous Student Employment Opportunity (ISEO), Public Service Commission

Véronic Mageau-Gachignac is Kanien’kehà: ka from the Mohawk Community of Kanehsatà: ke, Oka (QC). She works at the Public Service Commission (PSC) at the Indigenous Centre of Expertise (ICoE) as a Human Resources Advisor and an alumna of the Indigenous Student Employment Opportunity (ISEO) which she now led. Previously, Véro worked at Natural Resources Canada as an advisor between Indigenous communities and the Federal government on the Transmountain pipeline and at Finance Canada while still a student.

Véro holds a B.Com in Finances and International Management from the École de Gestion Telfer, as well as a joint honours in public administration and science policy from the University of Ottawa, where she was involved in the École de Gestion Telfer's student association as the Vice President of Project Development and Commandites, while also working with the Bureau of Aboriginal Affairs and Mashkawaziwogamig.

Véro cofounded the Indigenous Federal Employee Network (IFEN) while still a student, in addition to being heavily involved with many indigenous networks and organizations. Véro has also developed intercultural training programs in partnership with university professors and federal government agencies. Giving back to communities is close to Véro's heart, which is why he has committed himself to supporting Indigenous.

Camila Das Gupta
Camila Das Gupta
Human Resources Advisor, Employment Opportunity for Students with Disabilities (EOSD), Public Service Commission of Canada

Camila Das Gupta is a Human Resources Advisor with the Public Service Commission. She currently works in the Diversity & Inclusion Centre of Expertise and is responsible for program implementation for the Employment Opportunities for Students with Disabilities.

She has an educational background in Human Resource Management as well as International Development and Sustainability. Camila has a multi-faceted background as a first-generation Canadian born and raised in Halifax with two immigrant parents, one from India and one from Argentina. She believes that we can live in a discrimination-free world someday and does her best to reflect that in her everyday actions. Camila has found a fulfilling career path within the Federal Public Service and takes pride in introducing students to the options available to them during their student employment and after graduation. 

Joshua Frame
Josh Frame
National Chair, Federal Youth Network, and Associate Faculty, Canada School of Public Service

Joshua started his public service career in Ottawa in the Canada Revenue Agency and has held roles in management, project management, budgeting and service renewal over the last 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from York University and has lived in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Honolulu over the past 15 years. In his spare time Joshua participates in triathlons and running and cycling events across Canada and the United States.

He became the National Chair of the Federal Youth Network (FYN) in November 2016 and has been shaping the FYN to be a driver of innovation, regional engagement and career development, with regular webcasts on topics such as the Free Agent Program and the GC Talent Cloud, and in-person learning events such as Career Boot Camp 2018 and 2019. In March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joshua helped to launch the FYN Virtual Learning Series that provides 1-3 webcasts per week, and has hosted over 75 webcasts from March to November 2020 and was recognized with the Canada School of Public Service’s Award of Excellence in Innovation for this project.

Elisabeth Martin
Human Resources Advisor, Shared Services Canada

Elisabeth (Liz) Martin joined the federal public service more than 10 years ago. Her pronouns are she/her/elle. Liz lives in British Columbia. She is an active member of various networks such as the Federal Black Employee Caucus (FBEC) and the Anti-Racism Ambassador Network (ARAN).

Her mantra is “purpose over popularity”. Her three favorite words are “why?” and “why not?”

Elisabeth believes in introspective work. She advocates for an increased regional visibility and mental wellness particularly for the BIPOC communities.

Gina Wilson
Deputy Minister, Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, Women and Gender Equality and Youth

Gina Wilson rejoined Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) as Deputy Minister on September 1, 2021. She previously served as Deputy Minister of WAGE from 2017 to 2019, where she led the establishment of WAGE as a new department, ensured that GBA Plus was fully instituted in government, and served as the first Chair of the federal Indigenous Women’s Circle.

Gina was in the role of Deputy Minister, Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and Senior Associate Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage, to which she was appointed on January 27, 2020, and where she oversaw the release of Canada’s first-ever State of Youth Report; engaged Canadians in a series of round tables and summits on anti-racism; lead the co-development of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Action Plan; and launched the development of a Canada-wide LGBTQ2 Action Plan. She is also currently the Deputy Minister Champion for Indigenous Federal Employees.

In 2019, Gina was appointed as Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada, and Senior Advisor to the Privy Council.

She joined the Federal Government in 1996 and held several senior executive positions at several departments, including the Privy Council Office, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and Employment and Social Development Canada and the Correctional Service of Canada.

Gina is Algonquin and began her career in her First Nation community of Kitigan-Zibi as Executive Director of Health and Social Services. She was also CEO of the Assembly of First Nations.

Gina is the recipient of the 2020 Indspire Award for her leadership and her lifelong work on Indigenous issues and support for Indigenous employees.

Gina holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.

She has three beautiful children – Dylan, Kayla and Royce – and treasures her granddaughter, Charlotte.

Christiane Fox
Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada

Christiane Fox was appointed to the position of Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services in September 2020. She is also the Deputy Minister Champion of the Federal Youth Network.

Prior to her appointment, Christiane had been the Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs since November 2019, and the Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth from June 2017 to November 2019. She also held several positions at the Privy Council Office, including Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Communications and Consultations, Director of Operations, Policy, in the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Relations Secretariat, and Director General of Communications.

Christiane started her career as a Communications Advisor at Industry Canada, now Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, where she worked in Communications, and in Science Policy. She also spent a year with the Competition Policy Review Secretariat, as the Director of Communications and Consultations.

Christiane has a BA in Mass Communications and Psychology from Carleton University, and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Masters Certificate Program in Public Administration.

Audrey-Anne Racine
Human Resources Advisor, Employment and Social Development Canada and GC Students Co-Chair

Audrey-Anne Racine (Elle/She/Her) works as a Human Resources Advisor for the Diversity Outreach, Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (DORRA) Team at Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC) and her tasks are mainly focused on the needs of the students. She is the National Student Ambassador at ESDC and co-chair of GC Students.

Audrey-Anne completed her bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources in 2020 and is in the process of obtaining a master's degree in project management from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She got her first public service job as a student in 2019, then went through the student bridging process in May 2021. Some fun facts about Audrey-Anne: we nickname this former swimmer A2, her cat is called Toupie and she always mixes between the word Tuesday and Thursday.

Tabassum Khan
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada

Tabassum is the Outreach and Events Director for the Muslim Federal Employees Network (MFEN) and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Tabassum lives in Ottawa in the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg people.

Tabassum is a Canadian Muslim woman of South Asian heritage, she has experience leading and implementing various Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) grassroots initiative in her organization as the co-chair of the Multiculturalism Stream and a member of the Inclusion Network. In her work at MFEN she has moderated GC-wide events and publicly spoke on topics related to Muslim Canadians (i.e. allyship, impacts of Islamophobia, intersectionality, and more). Her layers include woman, mother, partner, daughter, sister, and immigrant. Through her Project Management journey, Joint Honours Degree in Criminology and Women’s Studies as well as lived-experience, she has always been vocal about social justice, actively partakes in organizing committees and is involved in various extracurricular initiatives (i.e. President - UNICEF uOttawa). Her passion and dedication to bringing sustainable positive changes has reinforced her commitment to create an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment for all public servants.   

Priyanka Sharma
Priyanka Sharma
GC Students Co-Chair and Advisor, Employment and Social Development Canada

Priyanka Sharma (Elle/She/Her) works as an Advisor for the Diversity Outreach, Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (DORRA) Team at Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC) and mainly focuses her time on the Deputy Minister University Champion (DMUC) Initiative, student recruitment events and other projects regarding the recruitment, retention and advancement of students and employees. She is the National Student Ambassador at ESDC and acting co-chair of GC Students.

Priyanka joined the Federal Public Service as a student in 2019 and bridged into a full time position in 2020. She began her career at National Defence (DND) where she had the opportunity to develop and support the Student Onboarding Program. In mid 2021 she moved over to ESDC and with her passion for recruitment and advancement of students, she has continued to work with student onboarding. On her spare time, she loves to bake desserts and pastries, watch movies and go on outdoor adventures (in the summer).

Jennifer Thorne
Jen Thorne
Public Service Renewal at Privy Council Office

Jennifer has worked for the Public Service of Canada for over 20 years where she has developed expertise in policy, program management, communications, engagement, governance and client service.  An executive for over 10 years, she has held positions in multiple departments.  She has been working at the Privy Council Office since 2015, and has been a full-time virtual employee with the Public Service Renewal Secretariat since 2018, living and working in Mont-Tremblant.   

Alexandra Scott Human Resources Advisor, Public Service Commission

Alexandra holds a degree in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa. She has been working in the federal public service for 6 years and is currently employed as a Human Resources Advisor in a development program at the Public Service Commission of Canada. Alexandra works in recruitment and will be able to provide you with tips and tricks to apply for jobs on the GCJobs platform!

Samantha Prosper
Samantha Prosper
Student for National Indigenous Student Circle (NISC) at the Public Service Commission (PSC)

My name is Sam Prosper. I am a student working at the Public Service Commission, with the Indigenous Centre of Expertise. I have been in this position for almost a year and a half and am a co-lead of a student network called the National Indigenous Student Circle. I have an undergrad in social sciences with focuses in psychology and communications. And I am currently in a Master of Arts in counselling psychology and will be starting my practicum this fall. I have had both ends of the spectrum in terms of work experience within the government so I am excited to answer any questions that you have.

Rubina Boucher
Racialized Women Belonging
Service Client Benefit Officer, Service Canada

Rubina’s story begins in 1906, when her ancestors journeyed to Canada in hopes of a promising future for their family and friends. Over 100 years later, she as a racialized woman is still working towards their dream. A vision, which embodies a space where everyone BELONGS. Rubina believes we all have a role to play in making our communities thrive; therefore, she is active in both her community and workplace.

She is an adjudicator with Service Canada, chair of Canada Employment & Immigration Union (CEIU) Ontario’s Racialized Action Committee, Learning Disabilities Assocoation of Windsor-Essex County (LDAWE) board member and founder/co-developer of the Racialized Women Belonging (RWB) on Gcconnex. Rubina has a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Arts in Community Studies, Certificate in Disability Management and is completing her Social Work degree.