Margaret Biggs

Margaret Biggs

Chair - International Development Research Centre

Margaret Biggs previously served as President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 2008 to 2013, and as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Assistant Secretary, Priorities, and Planning, in the Privy Council Office (Government of Canada) from 2002 to 2008. 

She 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. She is an active contributor on issues related to Canada and global sustainable development and author of “Inclusive Trade, Inclusive Development: Opportunities for Canadian Leadership (Institute for Research on Public Policy, Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities, 2017). 

Ms. Biggs is the current Matthews Fellow on Global Public Policy at Queen’s University; Chair of the International Advisory Committee of UN University’s Institute on Water, Environment and Health; and she sits on the Board of World University Services Canada.