Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy
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Margaret Biggs, Ph.D

Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy
Chair, International Development Research Centre

Margaret Biggs is Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy at Queen’s University and Chairperson of the Board of Governors for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  From 2008-2013 she was President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) responsible for overseeing Canada's international development and humanitarian assistance efforts worldwide. Previously, Ms. Biggs served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning, in the Privy Council Office.Ms. Biggs has represented Canada in numerous international fora including on the Board of Governors of the World Bank and as International Executive Co-Chair for the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of World University Services Canada (WUSC) and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH). 

Ms. Biggs co-led with John W McArthur “Towards 2030: Building Canada’s Engagement on Global Sustainable Development” (Centre for International Policy Studies) and in 2018, co-authored “A Canadian North Star: Crafting an Advanced Economy Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals’ in the Brookings Institution volume From Summits to Solutions: Innovations in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals(2018). She is the author of “Inclusive Trade, Inclusive Development: Opportunities for Canadian Leadership” in IRPP’s 2017 volume on Redesigning Canadian Trade Polices for Global Realities. Ms. Biggs co-chaired the Study Group on Global Education’s report Equipping the Next Generation of Canadians to Succeed in a Complex World (November 2017). 

  • M.A. Carleton University
  • Ph.D University of British Columbia

Current Interests/Research:

  • Federal-provincial relations; 
  • Social policy; 
  • Maternal and child health, sustainable economic growth, and fragile and conflict affected states.


Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health (CANWaCH)