The Bell is a newsletter produced by members of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.  

This newsletter will attempt to provide short, accessible Op-Eds, interviews, and briefings on pressing and emerging public policy challenges, both here in Canada and at the global level. 

The Bell is produced and edited by Phaedra de Saint-Rome, Jaclyn Victor, Jason Kreutz, Shweta Menon and Andrew Potter. If you have any feedback or would like to contribute to this newsletter, please send an email to

Phaedra de Saint-Rome is a graduate student at the Max Bell School of Public Policy. She currently works as a research assistant at the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, and her past professional experiences have included working in the Canadian House of Commons, at a variety of foundations, the United Nations, and her own digital media company. She is a dual Finnish-Canadian and is interested in the challenges and opportunities of policymaking at the global level, with a particular focus on digital technologies and geopolitics, platform governance, mis-/dis-information, and everything in between.

Jaclyn Victor is a graduate student at the Max Bell School of Public Policy. She has been serving with the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve) since 2017 as a Naval Warfare Officer where she's worked in both administrative and technical roles. She has also spent time working as a researcher on the Canadian Election Misinformation Project, as well as in digital content. Having lived in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Montreal, her policy interests are varied but are generally centered around Canadian defence policy.

Jason Kreutz is a graduate student at the Max Bell School of Public Policy. With extensive community-based leadership and research experience spanning multiple disciplines, Jason is passionate about exploring how evidence-based policy can uplift and empower communities. His interests are broad, including but not limited to economics, health policy, and foreign policy. Jason's investment in these policy areas is rooted in his desire to spur systemic change and create inclusive institutions that better meet the needs of underserved and marginalized communities.

Shweta Menon is a graduate student at the Max Bell School of Public Policy. She hails from India and has worked as a Research Associate with a Member of Parliament in India for over 4 years. She has also worked as a journalist for both broadcast and print media, reporting on the injustices faced by people due to the inordinate delays of the Justice Delivery System.

Andrew Potter is an associate professor (professional) at the Max Bell School of Public Policy. A former journalist, between 2011 and 2016 Andrew Potter was managing editor and then editor in chief of the Ottawa Citizen, and from 2006 to 2011 he was a public affairs columnist for Maclean's Magazine. He is also a former Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Potter is the author of On Decline: Stagnation, Nostalgia, and Why Every Year is the Worst One Ever, The Authenticity Hoax: How We Get Lost Finding Ourselves, and the co-author, with Joseph Heath, of the best-selling book The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't be Jammed.