Margaret McCuaig-Johnston
Margaret McCuaig-Johnston
Senior Fellow

FSS 15036
613-562-5800 ext. 1118


Over a 37-year public-service 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 appointment, she was Assistant Deputy Minister for Energy Technology and Programs at Natural Resources Canada. She also served as Assistant Deputy Minister at Finance Canada. She has had management positions at Industry Canada, the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology (S&T), the Ministry of State for Science and Technology, and the Privy Council Office. For the last seven years of her government career, Margaret was a member of the Canada-China Joint Committee on S&T. In recent years, she has been one of Canada’s preeminent commentators on Canada-China relations. 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.


  • Science and technology policy
  • Public-sector management
  • Canada-China relations