Senior Federal civil servant joins Queen's University
Peter Harrison, a Deputy Minister of the Government of Canada, joins Queen’s University as the new director of the School of Policy Studies, and Professor and Stauffer-Dunning Chair of Policy Studies. Dr. Harrison has been the Skelton-Clark Fellow in the School since June 1, 2008.
“It is a tremendous honour and privilege to return to academia as the director of the School of Policy Studies and incumbent of the Stauffer-Dunning Chair at Queen's. The University and the School are extraordinary centres of excellence and I look forward to contributing to both,” says Dr. Harrison.
Over a 30 year career in the Public Service of Canada, Dr. Harrison was responsible for the Canadian government's Northern Affairs Program and the Inuit Relations Secretariat. He guided the development of Canada's Northern/Arctic Strategy and the proposed world class Canadian Arctic Science Station.
Dr. Harrison served as Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada and Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Most recently, he served as Executive Director and Deputy Head (Deputy Minister of Indian Residential School Resolution Canada, where he was responsible for implementing the largest court ordered out-of-court settlement in Canadian history, and Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Indian and Northern Development.
He created an independent adjudication process to deal with specific cases of abuse, and was an architect of the truth and reconciliation commission. He also shepherded the development of the government of Canada’s apology in the House of Commons to First Nation, Inuit and Metis survivors of residential schools.
“Dr. Harrison is a highly regarded, experienced leader and we are fortunate that he is joining Queen's University and the School of Policy Studies,” says Principal Tom Williams. “This is an exciting time and his leadership will further the important role of the School as Canada's leading centre for debate, advanced education, research and involvement in the fields of public administration, policy and industrial relations.”
Dr. Harrison is a professional geographer, who holds a BA from the London School of Economics, an MA from the University of Victoria, and a PhD from University of Washington. He is a Fellow and Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
The appointment is effective August 10, 2009.