Bio of Dr. Michael DeGagné, Ph.D, CAPA

Dr. Mike DeGagné is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. He holds a PhD in Educational Administration from Michigan State University, and a Master of Law Degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall on the subject of Alternative Dispute Resolution. From 1988-1998, Dr. DeGagné served as an Executive with various provincial and federal government agencies. In 1998, Dr. DeGagné became the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national Aboriginal organization dedicated to addressing the legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential School System.  He was the senior negotiator on the Labrador Inuit comprehensive claim. Since 2001, Dr. DeGagné has given numerous presentations from Canada’s coast to coast on issues of Aboriginal health, residential schools, law, reconciliation, and governance. Internationally, he has brought the same message to the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. DeGagné has authored and co-authored a number of publications in Canada and Australia on reconciliation and healing. In January 2010, Dr. DeGagné was awarded the Order of Ontario for his dedication to improving the health, wellness, education and governance of Aboriginal peoples. He was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in June 2012.


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