Brian Stevenson, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian Stevenson is the former president of Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada. While in that role, he led the University through an intense period of growth, internationalization and a greatly enhanced national and global profile. Among his numerous deliverables were the founding of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, increasing the international student population, more than doubling the graduate student population, and increasing the student population at the Orillia campus by 30%. During his tenure, Lakehead University experienced growth and expansion of infrastructure and programming, including major renovations, acquisitions, new construction, and an increase in indigenous initiatives and education and access programs. Lakehead became the first University in Canada to implement a cross-curricular Indigenous Content Requirement and the first to appoint a Chair on Truth & Reconciliation and has since been named Canada’s number one research University in its category three years in a row.  Recently, Dr. Stevenson stepped out of the president’s role to allow time to focus on his research on NAFTA.  He is also a visiting scholar at Queen’s University and the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies in the School of Global Policy Studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Stevenson began his career at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City where he founded the Canadian studies program.  He later accepted an appointment at the University of Alberta School of Business. For a time, he served as senior policy advisor to the Canadian Ministers of International Trade and Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, then returned to the university as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International) and associate professor at the School of Business.

Prior to taking the helm at Lakehead, Dr. Stevenson served the University of Winnipeg as Provost and Vice-President (Academic).  While there, he was involved in a significant re-invention and renewal of many aspects of the University, including a new Academic Plan, new graduate programs, promotion of internationalization, and design and implementation of a comprehensive enrolment strategy

Other roles of note include: Interim Executive Secretary for Integral Development and Interim Director General for the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington; public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

Throughout his career, Dr. Stevenson has built a record of leadership in academia and government, in addition to holding senior positions at various Canadian universities, the federal government in Ottawa and in an international organization. Dr. Stevenson holds BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and a doctorate from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario.

Dr. Stevenson has authored and/or co-edited a number of books and articles on foreign policy. He grew up in Mexico, Canada and the United States of a Mexican mother and Canadian father and is fluently bilingual in Spanish and English.