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The NPSIA Students’ Association is pleased to present Margaret Biggs as the keynote speaker for this year’s conference.

Margaret Biggs is the Skelton-Clark Fellow in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. From 2008-2013 she was President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) responsible for overseeing Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance efforts world-wide. In this role, Ms. Biggs spearheaded Canadian initiatives on maternal and child health, education, sustainable economic growth and food security. In this capacity, she contributed to the management of-major foreign policy priorities such as the whole-of-government mission in Afghanistan. Previously, Ms. Biggs served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning, in the Privy Council Office. As an Assistant Deputy Minister she was responsible for policies and programs in the areas of social development, labour markets, skills and learning.

Ms. Biggs has represented Canada in numerous international fora and has served as Canada’s Alternate Governor to the World Bank, as International Executive Co-chair of the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and on the Board of Governors for the International Development Research Centre. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of World University Services Canada and chairs the International Advisory Committee for the United Nations University Institute on Water, Environment and Health. Ms. Biggs is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.

Ms. Bigg’s keynote address will take place at 7:00 pm on March 18th in the River Building at Carleton University.