Margaret Biggs

Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, Queen’s University

Margaret Biggs is the Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy at Queen’s University and the Massey College/Graham Centre Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy. She is also Chair of the International Development Research Centre and 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 where she oversaw Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance efforts worldwide. She previously served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Priorities and Planning in the Privy Council Office, and has an extensive background in social, labour market and skills development policies. 

Ms. Biggs is an active contributor on issues related to Canada and global affairs. In 2018, she co-authored A Canadian North Star: Crafting an advanced economy approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (Brookings Institution) and in 2017, Inclusive Trade, Inclusive Development: Opportunities for Canadian Leadership” (IRPP).  That same year, Ms. Biggs co-led the Study Group on Global Education and their report Equipping the Next Generation of Canadians to Succeed in a Complex World.