Curtis Jenken graduated from Huron University College with a B.A in Political Science before arriving at BSIA. Throughout his undergraduate studies he was interested in problems which extended beyond state borders and required global responses, including economic, environmental, and security concerns. During the latter half of his undergraduate degree, Curtis became involved in student politics, and in his final year served as the President of the Huron University College Students’ Council. During his tenure as President, Curtis was responsible for advancing several policy initiatives including improving on-campus mental health resources, and re-negotiating undergraduate student fees, while serving as the voice of the student body to high-level university administrators.
At BSIA, Curtis hopes to focus his studies on environmental politics, specifically analyzing the effectiveness of market-based policy instruments at curbing the impact of climate change. With the introduction of the “Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change” by the Canadian federal government, Curtis is interested in seeing how this system compares to other carbon pricing strategies around the world, and assessing the potential for future coordination amongst domestic pricing schemes.