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Doug McArthur appointed director of SFU’s School of Public Policy

August 29, 2014

Updated: September 4, 2014

Eva Lewis, SFU’s School of Public Policy, 778.782.7879,
Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Professor Doug McArthur has been appointed director of Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy, beginning his new role Sept. 1.

McArthur, who joined SFU’s public policy program as a founding member in 2003, will succeed current director professor Nancy Olewiler. Prior to joining SFU, McArthur was a senior fellow in public policy at the University of British Columbia.

McArthur brings an extensive background in public service and First Nations policy and self-government to the directorship. He has held several senior roles with the British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Yukon Governments, including deputy minister to the premier and cabinet secretary in British Columbia, and Minister of Education in Saskatchewan from 1978 to 1982.

As an advisor to several First Nations organizations on treaties and self-government, McArthur directed a team of policy analysts and lawyers in the development of a path-breaking system of laws for the Tsawwassen First Nation, published in 2009.

A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, having completed graduate studies at the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and University of Chicago, McArthur is also a former Rhodes Scholar and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. His areas of research include government management, forest and resources policy, First Nations policy and self-government, as well as negotiations and strategic planning.

“I am looking forward to becoming director of the school,” says McArthur. “It is rightly recognized as one of the best in the country and my focus will be on retaining and building upon that reputation.”

McArthur succeeds Olewiler, who was appointed director in 2003, and has overseen the growth of the school’s program since its inception.

Prior to joining SFU's economics department in 1990, Olewiler was a professor in the economics department at Queen's University. She was chair of SFU's economics department from 1995 to 2000. She has held a number of positions serving many communities, locally and internationally. These include being a member the board of directors of BC Hydro from 2001 to 2010 and TransLink from 2008 to 2013 (where she served as its chair from 2010 to 2013). She is a member of the National Statistics Council and chairs the national accounts advisory committee for Statistics Canada. Olewiler provides research mentorship to environmental economists in southeast Asia and Latin America and will be spending her one-year academic leave working on a number of environmental policy issues.

SFU’s School of Public Policy consists of the master's degree in public policy (MPP) graduate program and the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR). Established in 2003, the school is located at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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