Policy for Pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged global policy makers in ways unheard of in most of our lifetimes. Fraught as they were, the credit crisis of 2008-09 and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were, by comparison, relatively straightforward exercises.

This newsletter will attempt to provide short, accessible briefings on as many of the relevant policy challenges as possible, along with relevant links and some fun little distractions.

Policy for Pandemics is produced and edited by Andrew Potter and co-edited by Charlotte Reboul and Paisley Sim. If you have any feedback or would like to contribute to this newsletter, please send an email to andrew2.potter@mcgill.ca

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 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.

Paisley Sim is a member of the first cohort of the Max Bell School of Public Policy. Before coming to McGill she worked for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. She is a generalist, strategic planner and cultural organizer based in Montreal. 

Charlotte Reboul is a graduate student at the Max Bell School of Public Policy. She previously worked in philanthropy and environmental advocacy and is passionate about everything sustainability related.