George R. M. Anderson

A senior mediation expert with the United Nations' Mediation Support Unit, George Anderson was the president and CEO of the Forum of Federations and served in Canada's federal public service for over thirty years.

A former deputy minister in the federal government, in recent years 2011 Trudeau mentor George Anderson has worked in over 20 countries on issues of devolved and federal governance in both developed and developing countries, first as president of the Forum of Federations and latterly as a consultant with the United Nations, the World Bank, and NGOs.  In recent years, Anderson has worked on constitutional transitions in Yemen, Somalia, Myanmar, and Cyprus.  He and Trudeau fellow Sujit Choudhry have edited a book of 16 case studies on constitutional transitions and territorial cleavages for Oxford University Press.  Anderson has written short primers on federalism and fiscal federalism and edited books on oil and gas, internal markets, and rivers in multilevel regimes.

Presently a senior mediation expert with the United Nations' Mediation Support Unit, George R.M. Anderson was the president and CEO of the Forum of Federations from 2005 to 2011. He served for over thirty years in Canada's federal public service, where his positions included Deputy Minister of Natural Resources (2002-2005) and Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Privy Council Office (1996-2002). He held assistant deputy minister level positions in the departments of Energy, Mines and Resources, Finance and External Affairs, as well as the Privy Council Office.

Mr. Anderson has degrees in political science from Queen's University and Oxford University, and a diploma from the École nationale d'administration in Paris. He was a fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs in 1992-93. He is the author of Federalism: An Introduction (2008) and Fiscal Federalism: An Introduction (2010), both published by Oxford University Press and widely translated into other languages. Mr. Anderson is Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, a member of the advisory committee of the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto, and a director of Ottawa Hydro.

He received the award of excellence of the federal public service for his leadership in creating the Policy Leaders Recruitment Program. He is editor of Oil and Gas in Federal Systems and Internal Markets in Multi-Level Systems: Experience of Four Federations and the European Union, both of which were published in 2011. He is married to the historian Charlotte Gray and they have three sons.

  • August 2, 2012
    2011 Trudeau mentor George Anderson edited two books that were published in June 2012. The first book-lenght work of its kind, Oil & Gas in Federal Systems explores the enormous role that Canada and other federations will play in determining how the twenty-first century unfolds, by the way they manage large reserves of oil and gas.