Simon Gonsalves completed his Bachelor of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University in Honours Political Science, specialized in research, and History alongside options in International Public Policy and Legal Studies. While at Laurier, Simon focused his studies on the areas of western political history, conflict and security, and international relations.
As an undergraduate student, Simon was heavily involved at WLU’s athletic community. Simon competed on the cross country and indoor middle distance varsity teams, winning the 2016 Indoor Middle Distance Rookie of the Year Award, as well as several intermural leagues.
Besides his role as political science teaching assistant, Simon has spent his professional career working with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve. Since his enrollment in the ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces at HMCS Star in 2012 as Naval Combat Information Operator, Simon has been highly active as a member of the Naval Reserve. Simon has had the opportunity to serve Canada, in an operational and global engagement capacity, on numerous international deployments both near and far. While he has been deployed to Fiji, Denmark, and South Korea, the most of his time in the Forces has been in the Pacific Northwest, based out of Victoria, British Columbia. In addition to coastal patrol and force generation, Simon was selected to take part in an exchange program with the Coast Guard, working in as a member of a Search and Rescue unit stationed in Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island. Presently, Simon remains active in his Naval Reserve in an Intelligence MOS.
While studying at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Simon plans to advance of his research interests, particularly in global conflict, security, and geo-political issues.