Doug McArthur is Professor and Distinguished Fellow in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver British Columbia. Prior to joining the School, he was Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the University of British Columbia. He teaches and writes on public policy theory and process, forest and resources policy, negotiations, aboriginal policy and governance and development in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is engaged in an active research program encompassing these fields, and has presented and published a number of papers related to them. You can read his regular essays on public policy and political issues at www.policycentre.ca. For many years Doug was a senior public servant in the British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Yukon Governments.
At various times he was Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary in B.C., Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in B.C, Chief Land Claims Negotiator in the Yukon, and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Deputy Minister of Northern Saskatchewan in Saskatchewan. He was Minister of Education in Saskatchewan from 1978 to 1982 and Chair of the Canadian Council of Ministers of Education. He worked as a negotiator for the Tsawwassen First Nation on treaty negotiations, was team leader on the drafting of 23 Bills passed into law on their effective date of self government, April 3, 2009, and continues to advise them on development issues.
He attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal, the University of Chicago where he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Rural Development, the University of Toronto, and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.