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Queen's University

Policy Speaker Series

The Arctic and Northern Dimensions

November 19, 2010

Peter Harrison

Dr. Peter Harrison is Professor, Stauffer-Dunning Chair and Director of the School of Policy Studies (SPS) at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). From 2008-2009 he was the Skelton-Clark Fellow in the School.

Dr. Harrison’s career as a senior member of the Public Service of Canada lasted nearly 30 years. During this time he served as the Deputy Minister (Permanent Secretary) of a number of federal Departments including Natural Resources Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Leadership Network, the National Research Council of Canada (Senior Research Fellow, Oceans) and Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada.

Dr. Harrison was responsible for shepherding the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) by the Government of Canada in 2003; the investment of $150 million in the International Polar Year; and, as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, the development of the Government’s current Northern Strategy, the commitment to a new “High Arctic research Station”, and the Canada-UK Memorandum of Understanding regarding Arctic Research.

Dr. Harrison has also served as Associate and Assistant Deputy Minister in a variety of Departments, including: the Department of Finance, Human Resources Development Canada, and Revenue Canada. From 1989-1992 he was Secretary to the Priorities and Planning, Operations, and Expenditure Review Committees of the federal Cabinet in the Privy Council Office. Dr. Harrison is a Geographer by profession. He holds a B.A. Hon. (1st cl.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science; an M.A. from the University of Victoria (British Columbia), and a Ph.D. from the University of
Washington (Seattle). From 1973-1981 he was a Professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Harrison’s research, writing and teaching focus on ocean and coastal management with particular reference to the Arctic Ocean and Arctic policy. He is a Fellow, Governor and Vice President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and was awarded the Gold Medal celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to Public Service. Dr. Harrison is also a recipient of the J.B. Nicholls award for his lifetime contributions to ocean and coastal management in Canada and around the world.

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