Laura Krizan graduated with distinction from the University of Guelph with a B.A. (honours) in Criminal Justice and Public Policy. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Public Service from Conestoga College. During this time, she gained practical experience in policy formulation and worked with a number of community partners including the Region of Waterloo’s Strategic Planning staff.
Laura has worked for the Public Health Agency of Canada where she gained exposure to both domestic and international outbreaks. Throughout her time with the Agency, she was very intent on gaining experience communicating with international partners and observing global health crises. During this time, she also gained valuable experience in program coordination and database management.
She has actively volunteered with several organizations in the field of global development. While working with Tanzania Development Trust, Laura helped to improve maps in Tanzanian communities in an effort to aid in community planning and development. She also volunteered in her own community as an English Language Program Mentor during her studies at the University of Guelph, in order to provide assistance for exchange students with reading, writing, and speaking English.
During her time at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Laura hopes to expand her research interests in global health governance, international public policy development, and migration.