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Interim President's Biography

Peter MacKinnon is president emeritus of the University of Saskatchewan and the inaugural Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow at the Public Policy Forum. He was educated at Saskatchewan, Queen's and Dalhousie Universities; he completed the Bar Admission Course at Osgoode Hall in 1975 and was called to the Bar in Saskatchewan in 1979.

Mr. MacKinnon taught law for 23 years, with occasional engagement in appellate cases in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. He wrote articles, commentaries and reviews in legal periodicals in Canada and beyond, and co-edited three books titled After Meech Lake (Fifth House), Electoral Boundaries: Legislatures, Courts and Electoral Values (Fifth House) and Citizenship, Diversity and Pluralism (McGill-Queen's). His solely authored manuscript, University Leadership and Public Policy, has been accepted for publication by University of Toronto Press, and will appear in the fall.

Mr. MacKinnon was the University of Saskatchewan's eighth dean of law for ten years and its eighth president for thirteen years. He was chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada from 2003-2005.He served for five years on the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada, and he continues to serve on the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on the Public Service; the Chief Justice of Canada's Advisory Committee to the Canadian Judicial Council; the Board of the Council of Canadian Academies; the Board of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation; the Board of the Global Institute for Food Security; the Board of Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI; and as Chair of the Honours Advisory Council in Saskatchewan.

Mr. MacKinnon is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Queen's Counsel, and a recipient of a Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in Saskatchewan. He has honorary degrees from Queen's, Victoria, UOIT, Dalhousie, Memorial and Regina universities.

Updated July 03 2014 by Web Services - Advancement

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