Jacob Ouimet is a second-year master’s student in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ryerson University in 2017 where he discovered his interests in Canadian foreign policy, including Arctic policy and defence. His time abroad in Israel has helped strengthen his interest in policy working for a member of the Israeli parliament, the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs, and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. His thesis topic explores the capacity of Canadian government to operate in the Arctic and the current accessibility of the region. As a Research Assistant working for NAADSN, Jacob is working with Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer and Dr. Shannon Nash on the scope of responsibility that the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces should assume in the Arctic and analysis of key points from the Defence Policy Review consultations in 2016.