Brody Marinos Spourdalakis recently completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a Legal Studies Option and Co-operative Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. Through his business-focused studies, he has developed a strong understanding of the functional areas of business and the basic principles of micro and macroeconomics. In his effort to attain a Legal Studies Option, he was able to polish his written and research skills while developing a fundamental understanding of the Canadian legal system. The combination of Business and Legal Studies has enabled him to develop a unique perspective when it comes to developing policy that strikes a balance between the interests of businesses and individuals.
Outside of his studies, Brody has engaged in experiences that have exposed him to the world of policy from multiple lenses. Through the Co-operative Education option of the Laurier BBA, he was able to influence policy from within the government while working in the Open for Business Division of Ontario Cabinet Office – formerly residing in the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. During his time with the government, he performed jurisdictional research and analysis to find new ways for Ontario to modernize its regulatory framework. In addition, he also assessed issues raised by external stakeholders to assist in proposing solutions that reduce burdensome regulations in the province while ensuring a balance between the interest of the public and businesses. A major takeaway from this experience was the ability for him to remain non-partisan while dealing with policy issues and instead focus on evidence to inform decision-making. Brody was also able to influence policy from outside of the government when he acted as a delegate for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union at the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance’s Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 General Assemblies. There, he collaborated with delegates from multiple student associations to review, improve, and ratify policy papers on the following topics: LGBTQ+ Students, Student Employment, Student Financial Aid, Tuition Costs, Teaching and Assessment, and Technology-Enabled Learning. Beyond government policy, Brody has also interacted with the world of corporate policy while serving on the Board of Directors for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. His core responsibilities involved reviewing, improving, creating, and enforcing internal policies through the “Policy Governance” model of corporate governance. At the conclusion of his tenure on the Board, Brody was recognized by his colleagues as the Director of the Year for 2018-19.
Moving forward, Brody aims to refine his current skills and develop new skills concerning international policy development through the MIPP program. Specifically, he intends to specialize in International Economic Relations and International Environmental Policy. He hopes the skills, knowledge, and connections gained from his experience at BSIA will position him amongst the most talented and innovative individuals entering the world of policy in Canada and enable him to positively influence the policy of the future in our country.