University of Calgary Public Policy Student Joins CFIB’s Alberta Team for Prestigious Internship


CFIB-Scotiabank Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship attracts best & brightest

CALGARY, AB – The next generation of great Canadian policy minds has arrived at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).  Eight of the nation’s brightest students will undertake major policy research initiatives for CFIB as part of this year’s CFIB-Scotiabank Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship program.

Now in its 5th year, the CFIB-Scotiabank Internship in Public Policy and Entrepreneurship program provides a four-month paid placement for eight students at CFIB’s offices across Canada.  The experience provides a unique, hands-on opportunity for research, analysis and reporting on small business issues.  Over the summer, each intern will produce a research report on an issue affecting Canada’s small businesses and the millions of Canadians that they employ.

The University of Calgary’s Master of Public Policy student, Ashley Stedman, will work out of CFIB’s Calgary office, on Alberta’s Municipal Spending Report.

“Measuring the impact of municipal spending on small businesses is paramount,” said Stedman.  “I look forward to joining the CFIB team and working with local governments to better the interests of Alberta’s small business community.”

Stedman is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, where she studied political science and human rights.  Prior to joining CFIB, she was a Student Researcher at the MacDonald Laurier Institute, Symposium Coordinator at the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and worked for Western Economic Diversification Canada.  In addition, she also worked as a constituency and parliamentary assistant on Parliament Hill.

“The internship program is a terrific way to provide students with a glimpse into the realities of running an independent business.  CFIB also has the opportunity to get a fresh take on the issues that matter the most to our members,” said CFIB’s Senior Policy Analyst, Amber Ruddy.  “Ashley will be a valued addition to our team, bringing her unique perspective to enrich the work we do for entrepreneurs.”

Stedman and seven others were selected from 1,354 applicants across Canada, the largest number in the program’s five-year history.

“Scotiabank is proud to work with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business to inspire our future business leaders, so they can advance the priorities and increase the success of small business in Canada,” said John Roberts, Vice President of Small Business at Scotiabank.  “Small businesses are the engine of Canada’s economy.   Through this internship, Scotiabank provides some of Canada’s best students with a unique opportunity to contribute to our knowledge on important topics which will help small businesses grow.”

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About the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

As Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses, CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™.  Established in 1971, CFIB takes direction from more than 109,000 members in every sector nationwide, giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all levels of government and helping to grow the economy;