2019/2020 Bill Graham Centre/Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy


Massey College and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Margaret Biggs as the 2019/2020 Bill Graham Centre/Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy.

Ms. Biggs is the second Graham/Massey Fellow, following Matthew Fisher, a distinguished defence and war correspondent in 2018/2019.

Ms. Biggs is the Chair of the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa and a former President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She served in the past as Deputy Secretary to the Federal Cabinet (Priorities and Planning), and was International Executive Co-chair of the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development. She is an active contributor on issues related to Canada and global sustainable development and author of “Inclusive Trade, Inclusive Development: Opportunities for Canadian Leadership” (IRPP, 2017) and co-author with John W. McArthur of “A Canadian North Star: Crafting an advanced economy approach to the Sustainable Development Goals” (Brookings Institution, 2018). With Roland Paris she co-led the Study Group on Global Education and its “Global Education for Canadians: Equipping Young Canadians to Suceed at Home & Abroad”.

Ms. Biggs is a member of the Advisory Council for FinDevCanada and Chair of World University Services Canada. Ms. Biggs is a graduate of UBC and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

“We are fortunate that Ms. Biggs will be part of the Massey community, and the Bill Graham Centre at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Her vast experience in international development provides a wonderful practitioner’s perspective and experience within many parts of the University of Toronto and beyond”, commented Massey Principal, Hugh Segal.

Dr. John English, Director of the Bill Graham Centre, added that “Margaret Biggs’ depth and breadth of experience in areas relating to global sustainable development could not be more apt or helpful at this time in history.”

Ms. Biggs will begin her fellowship in the fall of 2019.