Margaret Biggs

Mathews Fellow in Global Public Policy at Queen’s University

Margaret Biggs is currently the Mathews 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) and responsible for overseeing Canada's international development and humanitarian assistance efforts worldwide. In this capacity, she led CIDA’s efforts in support of Canada’s 2010 G8 Muskoka Initiative on maternal, newborn and child health and the UN’s Every Woman, Every Child effort. Previously, Ms. Biggs served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning, in the Privy Council Office. Ms. Biggs has also represented Canada in numerous international fora and serves on a number of boards and advisory bodies, including World University Service Canada. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.

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