Munk Amalgamation Student Initiative

… a resource page for Toronto PPG1007

Client for the Memo – Peter Loewen, SPPG Director

A real case within our own institution

Each of four teams designs a proposal for a student initiative to enhance the planned Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (MSGAPP). The student initiative to be designed in this assignment is to: take place sometime between 15 April and 15 June 2017; involve MPP and MGA students; and include at least one site visit to another university.

NOTE 1: As originally proposed, each team was to describe its proposal in a memorandum for submission to the Director on or before 3 April and each student was to make a 60-second Elevator Pitch on the their group’s proposed initiative at the 4 April class, and be prepared to discuss the proposal in a luncheon meeting to be arranged with the “real client,” the Director of SPPG. The memorandum to the Director was conceived as a not-for-marks assignment. Although the case was used for discussion of concepts in Weeks 8, 10, and 12, the requirement for a memorandum to the Director was dropped on 2 April 2018 after it became apparent that the time demands of the Minister’s Briefing Cases for PPG1007 Section I in the final week were greater than originally anticipated.

NOTE 2: For reference, the for-marks assignments for Section I of PPG1007 using live cases and real clients are the two briefing notes in First Nations Drinking Water and the oral presentation and PowerPoint of record in Minister’s Briefing Cases for PPG1007 Section I.


For advice on how to write a compelling memorandum, see Behn’s Craft of Memo Writing.

For background on the proposed amalgamation, see the January 2018 document, Proposal for Academic Restructuring – The Amalgamation of the Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy and Governance.

Atlas resources


Toronto Munk – University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs (Munk), MGA

Comparisons with International Affairs Programs

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 3 April 2018.

Images: Harvard Kennedy School | LinkedIn, at, accessed 23 November 2017, and SPPG website at, accessed 9 December 2017.