Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Daniel R. Woolf

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Daniel R. Woolf

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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Principal’s Commission on the Future of Public Policy at Queen’s University

February, 2018

The commission has completed the final report, An Ambitious Vision for Public Policy at Queen’s. A public version of the report is available. Read the Gazette story on the final report.

September 2016

Principal Daniel Woolf has established a commission to study and develop recommendations for revitalizing Queen’s presence in the arena of public policy.

Public policy studies have played an important role in Queen’s University for over a century, and its alumni have been a great source of institutional strength in the public sphere.

As a leading Canadian university, Queen’s aims to be an important contributor to public policy in this country because of the benefits it offers to the research and learning environments as well as the university’s reach and reputation.

The public policy landscape has evolved and future policy leaders have new learning requirements.

While Queen’s and the School of Policy Studies are still highly regarded in this area, the university seeks to determine how this historically strong area can be reinvigorated, both within the School of Policy Studies and in other externally facing academic units at Queen’s

Stakeholder Meetings

The commission will conduct stakeholder consultations through in-person meetings in different locations. Key stakeholders include but are not limited to:

  • School of Policy Studies (SPS) academic staff, fellows, and staff
  • Public sector leaders
  • SPS students and alumni
  • Student leaders
  • Faculty and staff from related Queen’s departments



Michael Horgan
Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP
Former Deputy Minister of Finance, Government of Canada

Vice Chair

Margaret Biggs
Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, School of Policy Studies
Former President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)


Kevin Costante
School of Policy Studies
Former Deputy Minister, Government of Ontario

Jeannie Dempster
Executive Director, Science Review Secretariat at Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Bridget O’Grady
Manager, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Member of University Council

Peter Wallace
City Manager, City of Toronto
Former Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service

Bob Watts
Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies
Former Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of Canada

Cam Yung
Queen's University Rector


Michael Fraser
Queen's University Vice-Principal (University Relations)

David Walker
Executive Director, Queen's School of Policy Studies


The Principal’s Commission on the Future of Public Policy at Queen’s began in fall 2016. The commission has concluded its work with a report to the principal in February, 2018.


To offer feedback and comments to the commission, please email