Summer Institute for Future Legislators

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Do you wonder what it would be like to serve as a legislator? If you have political aspirations, but want to know more about what being a legislator means and how to be effective in that role, you should apply to UBC’s Summer Institute for Future Legislators. The Institute provides intensive hands-on mentoring and training for anyone who seeks the practical experience and knowledge to be able to make a difference—whether at the local, provincial, or federal level.

Former elected representatives from across the political spectrum share their expertise with participants. Veteran political journalists advise participants on media and communications. Academic experts provide instruction and resources.

With local elections in October, many people are thinking about running for municipal office. This year’s program will have an added focus on local democracy and gender in politics.

Watch for our call for applications in the spring of 2019, or, subscribe to our mailing list.

Past practitioners include: George Abbott, Dawn Black, Larry Campbell, Ujjal Dosanjh, Mike Harcourt, Joy MacPhail, Preston Manning, Anne McLellan, Chuck Strahl, Carole Taylor & many others.

Topics include:

  • Legislatures & Legislative Life
  • Parliamentary Relationships
  • The Ethical Politician
  • Working in the House
  • Municipal Politics
  • Gender in Politics
  • Communications
  • Representation
  • Constituency Service


Program dates

Three weekends in July & August 2019.
Exact dates TBD.


Program fee: $1200 CAD
Funding is limited.

Current undergraduate students may register for POLI 308B in tandem with the program, in order to receive course credit.

Questions? Contact CSDI:
Rebecca Monnerat, Project Manager
Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
University of British Columbia
rebecca.monnerat@ubc.ca    Tel. 604-827-4390