The Massey Dialogues – Margaret Biggs and Rosemary McCarney on The COVID19 Pandemic: Implications for Foreign and Defence policy

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The Massey Dialogues – Margaret Biggs and Rosemary McCarney on The COVID19 Pandemic: Implications for Foreign and Defence policy

Thursday, May 7 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

As the outgoing and incoming Visiting Fellows on Foreign and Defence Policy, Rosemary McCarney and Margaret Biggs share their reflections on global affairs and Canadian foreign policy in light of the current pandemic and economic crisis. They will be joined in conversation by Junior Fellow and student at both the Munk and Rotman Schools Anowa Quarcoo. 

Click here to watch the livestream.


The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.


Margaret Biggs is the 2019/2020 Massey College / Bill Graham Centre Visiting Fellow in Foreign and Defence Policy Affairs and the Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy at Queen’s University. Ms. Biggs is Chair of the International Development Research Centre’s Board of Governors as well as Chair of World University Services Canada, a member of the Advisory Council for FinDevCanada and Vice Chair of the Canadian Partnership on Women and Children’s Health.

From 2008-2013 Ms. Biggs was President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), responsible for overseeing Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance efforts worldwide. She previously served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet in the Privy Council Office. Ms. Biggs has represented Canada in numerous international fora including on the World Bank’s Board of Governors and as International Executive Co-Chair of the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development. In 2018 she co-authored A Canadian North Star: Crafting an advanced economy approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (Brookings Institution) and in 2017 she authored Inclusive Trade, Inclusive Development: Opportunities for Canadian Leadership (IRPP) and co-chaired the Study Group on Global Education’s report Equipping the Next Generation of Canadians to Succeed in a Complex World.


Rosemary McCarney is the Inaugural Pearson-Sabia Distinguished Visitor In International Relations at Trinity College at the University of Toronto as well as the incoming 2020/2021 Bill Graham Centre/Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy. She was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament until the Fall of 2019. Rosemary’s career has spanned every sector of the economy from law, academia, technology, international development to multilateral diplomacy in over 100 countries. She is eager to reconnect with the Junior Fellows and students on campus as soon as possible!


Anowa Quarcoo is a Non-Resident second-year Junior Fellow. She is a dual master’s degree candidate at Rotman and Munk where she is pursuing a Master’s of Global Affairs and an MBA. An award-winning communications professional, she came to the University of Toronto following a career in the public sector — at three levels of Canadian government — where she most recently worked at the Office of the Provincial Security Advisor, Ontario. She is a co-founder of Civic Tech Toronto, one of North America’s largest civic hacking communities. She also identifies as a ferocious reader, avid gamer, and aspiring interdisciplinary artist.




Thursday, May 7
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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