Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
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Dr. Brian Stevenson

Fulbright Research Chair 2018-19
Fulbright Association

Dr. Brian Stevenson was President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University between 2010 and 2017.

As President at Lakehead, Dr. Stevenson led the University through an intense period of growth, internationalization and a greatly enhanced national and global profile. Prior to taking the helm at Lakehead, Dr. Stevenson served the University of Winnipeg as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) from 2006 to 2010, where he was also a professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics.  

Throughout his career, Dr. Stevenson has built a record of leadership in academia and government, in addition to holding senior positions at various Canadian universities, the federal government in Ottawa and in an international organization.

Dr. Stevenson began his career at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City and founded the Canadian studies program there and later accepted an appointment as Imperial Oil/Royal Bank visiting Associate Professor of International Business at the University of Alberta School of Business. He then served as senior policy advisor to the Canadian Ministers of International Trade and Foreign Affairs in Ottawa before returning to the University of Alberta as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International) and associate professor at the School of Business. 

In 2005-06, Dr. Stevenson was Interim Executive Secretary for Integral Development and Interim Director General for the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington.  He was also a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. 

Recognized as a specialist in international relations and foreign policy, Dr. Stevenson has authored and/or co-edited a number of books and articles on Canadian politics, foreign policy, Canada-Mexico relations, Canadian security in Latin America, and the relationship between the Organization of American States and Canada.  He has authored and presented dozens of conference papers in Canada, the United States, and Latin America.  

Dr. Stevenson holds BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and a doctorate from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario.  

In 2018, Dr. Stevenson began focusing on his role as a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University where he conducts research on the politics of NAFTA. He is a Visiting Fellow at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies in the School of Global Policy Studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In 2018 he was awarded a Fulbright Research Chair.

  • B.A. University of Victoria
  • M.A. University of Victoria 
  • Ph.D. Queen's University

Current Interests/Research:

  • Canadian politics; 
  • Foreign policy;
  • Canada-Mexico relations;
  • Canadian security in Latin America; and
  • the relationship between the Organization of American States and Canada.