About Greg

Greg M. Poelzer

Executive Chair, ICNGD and Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar

Greg Poelzer is the Founding Director and Executive Chair
of the University of Saskatchewan International Centre for
Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) and current Fulbright Arctic Initiative scholar. Greg is also a professor in the Department of Political Studies, College of Arts and Science and in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. For more than 25 years, he has been an enthusiastic advocate for northern and international research and post-secondary education. His passion for northern politics and development grew out of his experience teaching political science in aboriginal social work programs at the University of Alberta, and from time spent abroad in Siberia working in remote Indigenous communities.

Greg has held various positions including chair of the  UNBC Department of Political Science, and inaugural dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of the Arctic (UArctic). In 2013, he was named the executive chair of ICNGD and lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Northern Governance.

Greg’s research focuses on comparative politics and policy as it relates to northern regions and to Aboriginal-state relations. His first book, Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North (2008), was awarded (with his co-authors) the Donner Prize for excellence and innovation in Canadian public policy writing. His second co-authored book, with UBC Press, From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians, released in Fall, 2015. He is currently working on a sole authored monograph, entitled Saskatchewan: The Next Norway?.

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