Margaret McCuaig-Johnston

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston is Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa where she is lecturing and writing on China's science, technology and innovation policies. Over a 37 career, Margaret served in senior management positions in the Governments of Canada and Ontario. Most recently she was Executive Vice-President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council; prior to that she was Assistant Deputy Minister Energy Technology and Programs at Natural Resources Canada; and her first Assistant Deputy Minister appointment was at the federal Department of Finance. She has also had management positions at Industry Canada, the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, the Ministry of State for S&T, and the Privy Council Office. For the last seven years of her government career, she was a member of the Canada-China Joint Committee on S&T. She also had close relations with China over the years on other matters such as energy, manufacturing and industry. She has visited China a dozen times, the first in 1979. Margaret holds an MA in International Relations with a Major on China, and an Honours BA in Political Economy. She speaks French and basic Mandarin. She is a member of the Board of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory - SNOLAB. Margaret recently edited the first English translation of China's National Innovation Index for the Ministry of Science and Technology.