Royal Society of Canada: Rianne Mahon

Royal Society of Canada: Rianne Mahon


I’m Rianne Mahon and I’m a professor in the department of political science at Wilfrid Laurier. Well the thing that probably has had the most impact is the work I’ve done on child care policy, which I started early on and was doing comparative work looking at Canada, and how we’re a laggard compared to other countries like Sweden. And I’ve found that at least four times we’ve come very, very close to getting a pan-Canadian universal child care policy. Some would say “Oh, the glass is half empty”, but I say the glass is half full and one of these days we’ll come through with it. So, when I found out that I had been elected to the Royal Society of Canada I was really excited, but I also see it as a responsibility and there are going to be some opportunities through the Royal Society actually to give back to Canada. Being elected to the Royal Society is in a way the pinnacle but it’s not where I’m going to stop my work. I really love doing research and I also like working with students. Hopefully, both of those things will continue for a number of years.

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