Job Title:Manager, Government Relations
Employer:The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)
Grad Year:2012
Degree(s):B. Public Affairs and Policy Management
Major(s):Public Affairs and Policy Management
Expertise:Hospital and Health Care
Industry:Public Policy

What makes you a good mentor?

I am passionate about mentoring because I recognize and appreciate the value that it adds to your personal and professional development. Mentoring provides a platform for individuals to share their goals and ambitions, discuss possible next steps, and develop a plan of action. I believe that mentorship can exist in a multitude of forms and should be tailored to meet the needs of each mentor/mentee relationship. Everyone should have access to somebody that they trust and can relate too. In today's tough job market, every little hint counts.

About Melisa Foster

Passionate about health care, public policy and governance, I am currently a Manager, Government Relations, at The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). In this role, I provide policy and communications recommendations, on a variety of provincial and federal policy issues.

I possess a Bachelor in Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University, and a Master in International Public Policy from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Sir. Wilfrid Laurier University.

I have worked as a Junior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), as a Health Policy Analyst at Canadian Blood Services, a Public Affairs Coordinator at the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC), and a Consultant in Health and Life Sciences at Global Public Affairs

Outside of work I am an outdoor enthusiast, who tries to escape the city whenever time allows. I take frequent vacations to clear my head. Most of my days are planned around food and exercise – simple things that make me happy!