Dear Delegates,

Hello, and welcome to the Anti-Corruption Council!

My name is Alexis Shamess and I have recently completed the coursework component of my Master’s Degree in Political Science, with a specialization in Canadian politics at the University of Waterloo. I am currently working on my major research paper. The objective of this paper is to analyze judicial dialogue and the process of rights review in the Canadian federal legislature, following a Supreme Court decision that requires a legislative response, such as repealing or amending the law. For the next eight months, I am working for the Government of Ontario in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing as a Policy Co-op Student in the Intergovernmental Relations and Partnerships Branch.

This year, I am one of the directors for the University of Waterloo’s Model G20 Conference. I am both excited and eager to begin working alongside students who are interested in developing innovative solutions, with the ultimate goal of neutralizing complex international concerns. The Anti-Corruption Council will cover vital topics that expose organizations and the global community to a wide-range of issues including: Fiscal irresponsibility by governing bodies, money laundering and bribery of international officials. The study guide that this council prepared should provide an informative, insightful source to begin your consideration of the topic at hand. I hope that each student will walk away from the conference with a desire to broaden their knowledge regarding problems that different societies are facing around the globe. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on contentious issues in regards tonternational corruption.      

Best Regards,

Alexis Shamess

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the University of Waterloo model G20 conference 2015! My name is Richard Bent, but you can call me Rich. I am a Masters student at Waterloo studying political economy but more specifically international finance. It is my great pleasure to be your director for the special summit on political economy.  

Being from a Jamaican family, I have always had an interest in international finance and more specifically international institutions since the IMF was a major factor in planning the Jamaican economy after they received their independence in 1962. Originally my research interests focused on developing countries and their markets.  During my undergraduate studies I was part of a student run think tank called Democracy Lab at The University of Western Ontario that is organized by Dr. Peter Ferguson. The goal of the lab is to provide political risk analysis for potential investors. In doing so, I learned about international markets and institutions, different developmental states, international currency and the G20. Now in my Masters, I have expanded my research to monetary policy, politics of currency and other facets of international finance. I truly believe that this summit will help me reach the next level of understanding international finance and the G20 overall. 

Now that we are moving into a post crisis order, the next step is to develop new methods and practices that will cause the system to be more inclusive and risk adverse. This summit will be the perfect opportunity to discuss these themes. Now as a director, I cannot be more excited to welcome you again to the committee. I am thrilled to get to know you and hear your ideas. If you have any questions, inquiries or concerns please feel free to contact me.

See you in November!


Richard Bent 

Hello delegates,

I'm Alex Thompson the Director for the Committee on Global Demographic Development. I received my BA from Acadia University with a double major in Political Science and History, and just finished my MA in Political Science at the University of Waterloo. My Major Research Paper (MRP) was on Kurdish Secession from Iraq and my areas of interest include Canadian Political Parties, International Relations with an emphasis on the Middle East, and post-colonial African history.

I'm looking forward to meeting all participants interested who are similarly interested in the G20 process. More so, I look forward to meeting those interested in demographic development, as we will be covering within our committee the ageing and changing talents of our global workforce.

Looking forward to meeting you!


Alex Thompson