2017 World Trade Organization Public Forum



Eashan Karnik, Head Delegate
Helen Hanbidge, Communications Coordinator
Louis P. Gauvreau 
Lauren Webber
Katelynn Wynen
Sebastian Muermann


Eashan Karnik

Eashan Karnik, FRSA is a Policy Assistant with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in the Drinking Water Programs Branch. His work in policy and strategy development has led him to remote, rural, and urban communities across Canada to advise on major legislations such as Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, Mississauga’s Strategic Plan, and Ontario’s Clean Water Act. His prior experience includes working on the Alternative Land Use Services program to provide eco-protection funding to agricultural communities in Parkland County, serving as the youngest policy advisor on the Environmental Action Committee of Mississauga, and co-leading the First Nations Drinking Water Initiative to help reduce the number of drinking water advisories in Ontario’s indigenous communities.

For his work in policy development and strategic governance, Eashan has received the Civic Award of Recognition from Mayor Bonnie Crombie, been selected by Council to represent Mississauga as its Community Leader in Ottawa under the direction of Hon. Melanie Joly, and been elected into the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts. He has also represented Canada at the United Nations Youth Assembly as the Head Delegate for the University of Toronto, at the Youth Innovation Summit on Parliament Hill as one of 15 Canadians selected by the British Council to present to MPs on social innovation, and as a Youth Ambassador for the United Nations Association in Canada.

Eashan holds an Honours Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Toronto, and is a current Juris Doctor Candidate studying climate, trade, and energy law at the University of Ottawa.

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Helen Hanbidge

Helen Hanbidge is a Master of Arts candidate in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, currently on exchange at the Sciences Po, and holds a BA from Dalhousie University with honours in Political Science and History. Her research interests include gender politics and human security, with her masters research focusing on increasing female representation in elected politics.

Helen is actively involved in politics, having served as president of the Nova Scotia Young Liberals and as Biennial Policy Co-Secretary for the Young Liberals of Canada. She has also worked on numerous provincial and federal campaigns and volunteered in the legislative office of her MP. Helen has also taken part in several international and multilateral delegations, including representing the International Federation of Liberal Youth at the 2017 UN ECOSOC Youth Forum and visiting Israel as part of CIJA’s IYLP.


Louis P. Gauvreau

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Louis P. Gauvreau is a finance practitioner with a keen interest in politics and international affairs. Following his bachelor’s degree in Political Science & International Relations at Carleton University, he started his career at a non-profit association in Ottawa that focused its work in international trade education and practice. Louis then joined a top-tiered global investment management firm, holding various positions, and most notably as ETF Specialist. In his last year at this firm, Louis concurrently completed a Master of Finance degree at Queen’s University, where his favourite courses were financial modelling, fixed income, and financial technology and innovation. After graduating, Louis started working at a leading provider of investment data & analytics; a firm that is widely recognized to be thought leaders in global & factor indexing, and Environmental, Social, and Governance investing. Louis is part of the Client Coverage team, where he handles his firm’s relationships with Canadian asset managers and hedge funds. Louis is an amateur athlete and lives in Toronto.



Lauren Webber


Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Lauren Webber is currently the Head of Government Partnerships at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Malawi. She leads a four-member team in developing local and international government partnerships, working together to break the cycle of food and nutrition insecurity in Southern Africa. Lauren manages the resource mobilization efforts for emergency relief programs in Malawi and ten longer-term food security and livelihood programs, with some US$ 350 million raised since 2014.

Lauren is a talented leader with extensive, multi-sector, international business experience in Canada, UK, Africa and South East Asia. Lauren has worked in political and public affairs for the British Consul-General, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) in Singapore, engaging closely with all levels of government on issues of political economy, energy and climate change, export development, science and innovation. Taken together, Lauren possesses a unique blend of global affairs, policy advocacy and strategic international trade understanding.

Lauren holds a Masters of International Public Policy, specializing in Human Security from the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario. During her Undergraduate degree in International Relations, Lauren served as President of the University of Calgary Students' Union – a $15 million student-run organization that represents the interests of over 25,000 students. 


Katelynn Wynen


Katelynn Wynen is a Political Science and Economics student at the University of Ottawa with a passion for global affairs and diplomacy. Having recently returned from an international exchange at Sciences Po Paris, Katelynn is very excited to explore the connections between trade and the reduction of inequality through economic growth on an international stage.

Katelynn is currently working as a co-op student on the Free Trade Agreement Promotion Task Force at Global Affairs Canada. In a recent position at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, she worked towards the promotion of social enterprises in Ontario, and she has been a research assistant at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Other roles include working for CODE, an international development agency focused on literacy, and as a Parliamentary Guide for the Library of Parliament of Canada.

Katelynn is currently the President of the University of Ottawa Model United Nations Association and the Under-Secretary-General for Committees for the Canadian International Model United Nations Conference. Throughout her studies, she has been actively involved with the Free the Children group, the Field Hockey Club, and the Model Parliament event at the University of Ottawa. In her spare time, Katelynn enjoys travelling, swimming, and exploring Ottawa by bike.


Sebastian Muermann


Sebastian Muermann is a volunteer, student and public servant active in the Ottawa community. He is currently a development officer at Global Affairs Canada (GAC), having spent nearly 4 years working in various capacities in the trade and communications branches, and embedded at the Department of Justice. Most recently, he was part of the International Humanitarian Assistance Bureau of GAC, working on funding for famine relief. Sebastian also serves as the Ottawa/Gatineau rep for DemocracyKit, a national not-for-profit startup working to open the democratic process by increasing civic engagement and publishing digital campaign resource packages. 

Originally from British Colombia, Sebastian is a Political Science and Public Administration student and Loran Scholar at the University of Ottawa, is an active member of CivicTech Ottawa, and has acted as a consultant for various civic engagement platforms and businesses. He is fluent in three languages, has served on various academic associations and student groups including the International, Political, and Policy Studies Student Association, and worked on a mentorship and professional development campaign for young people. He has studied in the south of France for an academic exchange, and spent time working for an ENGO on the rem1ote South Atlantic Island of Saint Helena. His interests lie in trade relationships, humanitarian and development assistance, the inclusion of marginalized groups, and economic and professional mobility for young people. 

Sebastian is thrilled to be able to represent Canada as part of the delegation to the WTO Public Forum 2017.