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 Emily Nickerson, Mariel Aramburu, and Andrew Potter. If you have any feedback or would like to contribute to this newsletter, please send an email to

Emily Nickerson is a graduate student at the Max Bell School of Public Policy. She has spent several years working for Canadian non-profits in areas of international development, extractives, economic development, transparency, and inclusive decision-making. Emily’s passionate about promoting sustainable, inclusive growth, and ensuring that natural resources are well governed. Emily holds a degree in Water Resources Engineering at the University of Guelph and currently lives in Toronto.

Mariel Aramburu is a graduate student at the Max Bell School of Public Policy. She has several years of experience working in the public service for a Canadian province in cross-ministry, international, and intergovernmental files. She has also spent time in Washington, D.C. with the Inter-American Dialogue and in Panama with the United Nations World Food Programme. Mariel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Development Studies from McGill University. She is a Mexican immigrant and a first-generation Canadian. 

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.