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Irem Koca

Irem Koca is a Turkish-Canadian journalist who joined The Hill Times in late 2023. She got her start in Canadian media in the Toronto Star's Ottawa bureau, covering federal politics and national stories under the paper's year-long fellowship. With a background in broadcast journalism, she spent several years as a world news reporter at CNN Turkey. Her freelance work on Turkish politics has been featured in The New York Times and Reuters. Notable highlights of her career include coverage of the 2020 U.S. presidential elections under a Reporting Tour fellowship awarded by the U.S. State Department, and her coverage of the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan in 2019. Koca holds a master's degree in religious extremism from Queen's University, along with a journalism degree from Istanbul Bilgi University and Kingston University, London. She is fluent in English and Turkish.

News | BY IREM KOCA | July 8, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair unveiled the government's defence policy update on April 8. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | July 8, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | July 8, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair unveiled the government's defence policy update on April 8. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | July 1, 2024
The departments of Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, left, Treasury Board President Anita Anand oversee the government’s health-care plan, which transitioned from Sun Life to Canada Life on July 1, 2023. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | July 1, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | July 1, 2024
The departments of Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, left, Treasury Board President Anita Anand oversee the government’s health-care plan, which transitioned from Sun Life to Canada Life on July 1, 2023. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 27, 2024
Public Services and Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says information technology 'is one of the areas that needs improvement in the public service.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 27, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 27, 2024
Public Services and Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says information technology 'is one of the areas that needs improvement in the public service.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 24, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair says the two-per-cent target is a 'challenge' for Canada but 'we’re going to reach it.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 24, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 24, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair says the two-per-cent target is a 'challenge' for Canada but 'we’re going to reach it.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 20, 2024
Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos reflects on a turbulent year in government contracting in a June 17 interview with The Hill Times. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 20, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 20, 2024
Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos reflects on a turbulent year in government contracting in a June 17 interview with The Hill Times. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 11, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne says the various reviews conducted of the cleantech agency―including the Auditor General's report―have revealed 'serious weaknesses in SDTC's governance, prompting a new delivery approach to government support for the cleantech sector.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 11, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 11, 2024
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne says the various reviews conducted of the cleantech agency―including the Auditor General's report―have revealed 'serious weaknesses in SDTC's governance, prompting a new delivery approach to government support for the cleantech sector.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 7, 2024
RCMP Commissioner Michael Duheme confirmed in March 2024 the police force is investigating the allegations of misconduct surrounding the ArriveCan application. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 7, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 7, 2024
RCMP Commissioner Michael Duheme confirmed in March 2024 the police force is investigating the allegations of misconduct surrounding the ArriveCan application. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 4, 2024
Auditor General Karen Hogan's June 4 report looked into 97 professional services contracts awarded to McKinsey and Company between 2011 and 2023 by federal departments, agencies, and Crown corporations at a value of $200-million. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 4, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | June 4, 2024
Auditor General Karen Hogan's June 4 report looked into 97 professional services contracts awarded to McKinsey and Company between 2011 and 2023 by federal departments, agencies, and Crown corporations at a value of $200-million. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 30, 2024
Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses of Canada Society's Jackee Kasandy says the government is 'doing its best' to assist Black businesses access federal procurement opportunities, but urged Ottawa to take a more proactive stance. Photography courtesy BEBC
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 30, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 30, 2024
Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses of Canada Society's Jackee Kasandy says the government is 'doing its best' to assist Black businesses access federal procurement opportunities, but urged Ottawa to take a more proactive stance. Photography courtesy BEBC
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 24, 2024
RCMP Commissioner Michael Duheme confirmed that there is an investigation into the ArriveCan application's controversial procurement process on March 27. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 24, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 24, 2024
RCMP Commissioner Michael Duheme confirmed that there is an investigation into the ArriveCan application's controversial procurement process on March 27. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 23, 2024
Minh Doan previously told MPs that he made a 'technical policy decision' which led to the awarding of the contract to GC Strategies, but that it was his team who made the decision to hire the firm.  Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 23, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 23, 2024
Minh Doan previously told MPs that he made a 'technical policy decision' which led to the awarding of the contract to GC Strategies, but that it was his team who made the decision to hire the firm.  Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 23, 2024
Pierre Poilievre's Conservatives 'are fundraising and trying to score cheap political points out of people's misery,' says Guillaume Bertrand, press secretary for Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 23, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 23, 2024
Pierre Poilievre's Conservatives 'are fundraising and trying to score cheap political points out of people's misery,' says Guillaume Bertrand, press secretary for Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 16, 2024
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly might be invited by a parliamentary committee to testify on the findings of a Global Affairs Canada internal audit on government contracting. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 16, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 16, 2024
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly might be invited by a parliamentary committee to testify on the findings of a Global Affairs Canada internal audit on government contracting. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 14, 2024
Chulaka Ailapperuma, an acting director at the CBSA, testified before the House Public Accounts Committee on May 14. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 14, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 14, 2024
Chulaka Ailapperuma, an acting director at the CBSA, testified before the House Public Accounts Committee on May 14. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 13, 2024
'Billions of dollars worth of public infrastructure has been and will continue to be built in upcoming years, where the carbon content will be higher than what would otherwise have been the case had earlier actions been taken,' Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner Jerry DeMarco says. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 13, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 13, 2024
'Billions of dollars worth of public infrastructure has been and will continue to be built in upcoming years, where the carbon content will be higher than what would otherwise have been the case had earlier actions been taken,' Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner Jerry DeMarco says. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 7, 2024
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly might be invited by the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee to testify on the findings of an internal audit on government contracting. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 7, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 7, 2024
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly might be invited by the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee to testify on the findings of an internal audit on government contracting. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 3, 2024
PSPC deputy minister Arianne Reza testifies at the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee about contracts awarded to McKinsey and Company on May 1. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 3, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 3, 2024
PSPC deputy minister Arianne Reza testifies at the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee about contracts awarded to McKinsey and Company on May 1. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 2, 2024
On March 20, Public Services and Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced new measures to prevent misconduct in federal procurement. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 2, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | May 2, 2024
On March 20, Public Services and Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced new measures to prevent misconduct in federal procurement. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 30, 2024
The federal government coughed up a total of $117-million in contracts to consulting firm McKinsey and Company between 2011 and 2023, according to Office of the Procurement Ombud, headed by Alexander Jeglic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 30, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 30, 2024
The federal government coughed up a total of $117-million in contracts to consulting firm McKinsey and Company between 2011 and 2023, according to Office of the Procurement Ombud, headed by Alexander Jeglic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 25, 2024
Budget 2024 gives Public Services and Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos' department $500-million over five years to launch a new Public Lands Acquisition Fund. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 25, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 25, 2024
Budget 2024 gives Public Services and Procurement Minister Jean-Yves Duclos' department $500-million over five years to launch a new Public Lands Acquisition Fund. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 17, 2024
Kristian Firth, managing partner of GC Strategies, pictured April 17, 2024, at the bar in the House of Commons. Firth was admonished by the House Speaker and was forced to answer MPs' questions about his company's government contract for the ArriveCan app. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 17, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 17, 2024
Kristian Firth, managing partner of GC Strategies, pictured April 17, 2024, at the bar in the House of Commons. Firth was admonished by the House Speaker and was forced to answer MPs' questions about his company's government contract for the ArriveCan app. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 17, 2024
Procurement Ombud Alexander Jeglic answers questions from MPs at the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee on Jan. 31. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 17, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 17, 2024
Procurement Ombud Alexander Jeglic answers questions from MPs at the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee on Jan. 31. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 15, 2024
The federal government coughed up a total of $117-million in contracts to consulting firm McKinsey and Company between 2011 and 2023, according to Office of the Procurement Ombud, headed by Alexander Jeglic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 15, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 15, 2024
The federal government coughed up a total of $117-million in contracts to consulting firm McKinsey and Company between 2011 and 2023, according to Office of the Procurement Ombud, headed by Alexander Jeglic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 10, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair was among the members of cabinet who unveiled the government's defence policy update on April 8. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 10, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 10, 2024
Defence Minister Bill Blair was among the members of cabinet who unveiled the government's defence policy update on April 8. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 4, 2024
Hartaj Nijjar, KPMG's partner and national leader for cybersecurity services, left, and Lydia Lee, the firm's partner and national leader for the firm's digital health transformation practice, testified before the House Public Accounts Committee on April 4. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVU
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 4, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 4, 2024
Hartaj Nijjar, KPMG's partner and national leader for cybersecurity services, left, and Lydia Lee, the firm's partner and national leader for the firm's digital health transformation practice, testified before the House Public Accounts Committee on April 4. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVU
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 3, 2024
Minister of National Defence Bill Blair speaks at a press conference in the House of Commons foyer before Question Period on Nov. 20, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 3, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | April 3, 2024
Minister of National Defence Bill Blair speaks at a press conference in the House of Commons foyer before Question Period on Nov. 20, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 27, 2024
Jonathan Moor, vice-president of Canada Border Services Agency's comptrollership branch speaking at the Government Operations and Estimates on Mar. 26, 2024. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 27, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 27, 2024
Jonathan Moor, vice-president of Canada Border Services Agency's comptrollership branch speaking at the Government Operations and Estimates on Mar. 26, 2024. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 26, 2024
Jennifer Carr, PIPSC President, speaks at a press conference in West Block on Feb. 27, 2024. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 26, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 26, 2024
Jennifer Carr, PIPSC President, speaks at a press conference in West Block on Feb. 27, 2024. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 20, 2024
On March 19, Dalian Enterprises founder David Yeo told MPs on the House Public Accounts Committee he was not in a conflict of interest, despite his firm having contracts for the development of the ArriveCan app when he started a job as a public servant in 2023. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 20, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 20, 2024
On March 19, Dalian Enterprises founder David Yeo told MPs on the House Public Accounts Committee he was not in a conflict of interest, despite his firm having contracts for the development of the ArriveCan app when he started a job as a public servant in 2023. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 14, 2024
GC Strategies co-founder Darren Anthony appeared before the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee on March 14. Screenshot courtesy of House of Commons
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 14, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 14, 2024
GC Strategies co-founder Darren Anthony appeared before the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee on March 14. Screenshot courtesy of House of Commons
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 13, 2024
GC Strategies co-founder Kristian Firth appeared before the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee on March 13. His business partner, Darren Anthony, will testify before the same committee on March 14. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 13, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 13, 2024
GC Strategies co-founder Kristian Firth appeared before the House Government Operations and Estimates Committee on March 13. His business partner, Darren Anthony, will testify before the same committee on March 14. Screenshot courtesy of ParlVu
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 12, 2024
Minister of Public Services and Procurement Jean-Yves Duclos speaks with reporters before the Liberal cabinet meeting in West Block on Oct. 24, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 12, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 12, 2024
Minister of Public Services and Procurement Jean-Yves Duclos speaks with reporters before the Liberal cabinet meeting in West Block on Oct. 24, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 6, 2024
Minister of Public Services and Procurement Jean-Yves Duclos speaks with reporters before the Liberal cabinet meeting in West Block on Oct. 24, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 6, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 6, 2024
Minister of Public Services and Procurement Jean-Yves Duclos speaks with reporters before the Liberal cabinet meeting in West Block on Oct. 24, 2023. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 5, 2024
Although politics of this issue are 'inextricably linked' to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government, the real concern from a non-partisan standpoint should be to identify where the weak links are in the government procurement processes and fix them, says Aaron Wudrick. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 5, 2024
News | BY IREM KOCA | March 5, 2024
Although politics of this issue are 'inextricably linked' to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government, the real concern from a non-partisan standpoint should be to identify where the weak links are in the government procurement processes and fix them, says Aaron Wudrick. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY IREM KOCA, MIKE LAPOINTE | March 4, 2024
Yvon Barrière, regional executive vice-president for Quebec, Public Service Alliance of Canada; left, Chris Aylward, national president of PSAC; Jennifer Carr, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada; and Nathan Prier, president of the Canadian A