Professors of Practice in Global Governance

Each year, a new Professor of Practice in Global Governance will be selected by the Program Coordinating Committee, Chaired alternately by the Deans of Arts and Law. Professors of Practice in Global Governance are selected based on their practical achievements to date in promoting better global governance, and generally will be in residence at ISID for the Fall term, September-December. Each Professor of Practice will also lead a project based on a workshop held at McGill.

Current and Previous Professors of Practice in Global Governance are:

Aruna Roy | Marie Wilson | Stephen Lewis | Jim Cooney

Aruna Roy

Project: Unpacking Participatory Democracy: from Theory to Practice and Practice to Theory (2016)

Aruna Roy is a prominent socio-political activist and is a part of many socio-political  movements in India. After graduating with an M.A. in English Literature, she was in the civil service from 1968 to 1975. In 1975 she resigned from the Indian Administrative Service to work with the rural poor in Rajasthan. She moved to Devdungri, Rajasthan in 1987, along with Shankar Singh, and Nikhil Dey to collectively build a peoples’ organisation - the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS -1990). She has worked with democratic campaigns for the access of the poor to constitutional rights for equality and justice- the Right to Information, Employment , Food Security and PUCL. She worked as a member of the National Advisory Council from 2004-06, 2010-13. As member of the Council she played a crucial role in the passage of national legislations for the Right to Information and the Right to Employment (MGNREGA) in 2005.

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She is a prominent member of many campaigns, and currently the President of the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW). She was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2000, the Nani Palkiwala Award and the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academia and Management in 2010, and listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by the TIME Magazine for 2011.


She was conferred the degree of doctorate (honoris causa) by the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on 2nd October 2013. The MKSS Collective has received many awards including the Rule of Law Award in the World Justice Forum held in Barcelona, Spain in June 2011.The MKSS has been a part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) an international platform, and was in the Steering Committee till 2014.



Marie Wilson

Project: Reconciliation Through Healing: Mind, Body, Heart, and Spirit (2015)

Marie Wilson has more than 30 years of professional experience as an award-winning journalist, trainer, and senior executive manager. She has also been a university lecturer, a high school teacher in Africa, a senior executive manager in both federal and territorial Crown Corporations, and an independent contractor and consultant in journalism, program evaluation, and project management. She has lived, studied and worked in cross-cultural environments for almost forty years, including Europe, Africa, and various parts of Canada.

As a journalist, Ms Wilson worked in print, radio and television as a regional and national reporter, and later as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's senior manager for northern Quebec and the three northern Territories. She was the first television program host of northern Canada’s flagship weekly information program, Focus North. Her reports tackled complex issues, from the Quebec sovereignty referendum and national unity debates to the national Constitutional talks of the 1980’s; from the settlement of historic aboriginal rights agreements to the state of health in First Nations and Inuit communities; from Papal visits to centennial celebrations of the Riel Rebellion.

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As a Regional Director for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ms Wilson was a pioneer. She launched the first Daily Television News service for northern Canada, against a back-drop of four time zones and ten languages: English, French and eight indigenous. She developed the Arctic Winter Games and True North Concert series, to showcase northern performing artists and traditional indigenous sports for audiences across southern Canada. She fought for the recruitment and development of aboriginal staff and their on-air reflection. She acknowledged staff excellence with the CBC North Awards. She acknowledged the community with program initiatives to support and promote literacy.

A career highlight was to deliver training through the South African Broadcasting Corporation as part of that country’s transition to democracy, and coinciding with the start-up of South Africa’s own Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For several years she served as an associate board member of what was to become APTN , the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Over the years she has worked with various other boards and agencies committed to social justice, journalism and civic engagement, community, spiritual and international development, and the wellbeing of children and youth.

Ms Wilson is the recipient of a CBC North Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Northerner of the Year Award, and various awards and recognitions for journalism, writing excellence, and work-place safety initiatives. In May 2012, she was awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws degree by St. Thomas University of Fredricton, New Brunswick, in recognition of a professional career "marked by public service and social justice." Ms. Wilson speaks English and French, with some knowledge of Spanish and Sahtu Dene.


Stephen Lewis

Project: Ending Immunity for Crimes of Sexual Violence Committed by UN Peacekeepers (2014). A project and conference series that resulted in the  publication of Code Blue.

Stephen Lewis is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, and he is co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States. 
Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades.  He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006.   From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations.  
From 1970-1978, Mr. Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition.

In 2003, Stephen Lewis was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.  He holds 37 honorary degrees from Canadian universities, as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States.


Jim Cooney

Project: Mining, Economic Development and Indigenous Peoples: “Getting the Governance Equation Right” (2013)

Jim Cooney, Professor of Practice in Global Governance, retired as Vice President, International Government Affairs for Placer Dome Inc. on May 1, 2006, following that Company’s acquisition by Barrick Gold. He held positions at Placer Dome from 1982 to 2006 in the areas of social and political risk management, government relations, sustainable development and strategic planning. He is a past Director of the North South Institute, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Pacific Basin Economic Council. Representing Placer Dome as a founding member of the United Nations Global Compact with Business, he worked with U.N. agencies and civil society organizations in a project on conflict-sensitive business practices. He was actively engaged in the World Bank’s Extractive Industries Review from 2002 to 2004, during which he served in his personal capacity on the World Bank’s External Advisory Panel for the internal evaluation of its oil, gas and mining projects. From 2004 to 2006, he was advisor on the development of IFC’s Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability.