Graduate Certificate End of Course Lunch and Public Service Excellence Awards

Fri 27 November 2015

Written by Graduate Program Academic Convenor, Dr Brendan McCaffrie.

On Tuesday, 24th November, students from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and ACT Public Service celebrated the successful completion of their Graduate Certificates at IGPA with their end of course lunch. 

Who knows, maybe we’ll be seeing some of the students back at IGPA soon to complete MPAs? Although after significant study, the MPA brochure will take a bit of weighing up.

We were thrilled to host the DIRD Secretary, Mike Mrdak, ACT Public Service Commissioner, Bronwen Overton-Clarke, DIIS General Manager Economic and Analytical Services, Tim Bradley as well as a number of other senior executives from these Departments and ACTPS to celebrate the students’ completion of their programs. 

The top student from each cohort received awards for their efforts (Leo Bremanis DIRD, Jonathan Tapsell DIIS Economics, Camille Crowther DIIS Management, Kelly Lokan ACT), and recently retired Auditor-General, Ian McPhee was awarded with an IGPA Public Service Excellence Award for his many years of outstanding service. 

It was also wonderful also to see so many of our unit conveners present to celebrate the end of the course for 2015. Thank you to Mark Evans, Mick Shadwick, Lain Dare, Rob Tanton, Xiaodong Gong, Jinjing Li, and Paul Porteous for their work as unit conveners this year. 

The Lunch ran smoothly and was a hugely enjoyable event for all who attended, thanks to Justin Wilson’s brilliant organisational skills. Justin is, in fact, so organised that he has already booked next year’s End of Course Lunch, and has already asked Collingwood coach, Nathan Buckley to attend. Only one of those two things is true, but I wonder if those of you who know Justin can be confident which it is? Seriously, thank you very much to Justin for all his hard work on IGPA’s education program throughout 2015, it wouldn’t be such a successful program without him. 



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