Gordon Smith

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2007
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Deputy Chair, Global Commission On Internet Governance

Gordon Smith is the executive director of the Centre for Global Studies and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Victoria. He enjoyed a distinguished career with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.

Trudeau mentor Gordon Smith retired from the Canadian Public Service in 1997 after a career that included the positions of deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, associate secretary to the Cabinet in the days of Prime Minister Trudeau, and ambassador to NATO. Smith is primarily interested in global governance in our increasingly interdependent world. He is now deputy chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Gordon Smith is the executive director of the Centre for Global Studies and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Victoria. Dr. Smith arrived at the University of Victoria in 1997 following a distinguished career with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, which included posts as deputy minister of foreign affairs from 1994-1997, ambassador to the European Union in Brussels from 1991-1994, and ambassador to the Canadian Delegation to NATO from 1985-1990. He is the author (with Moisés Naím) of Altered States: Globalization, Sovereignty, and Governance (Ottawa: IDRC, 2000), co-editor (with Daniel Wolfish) of Who is Afraid of the State? Canada in a World of Multiple Centres of Power (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001), co-editor (with Harold Coward) of Religion and Peacebuilding. He has also written numerous book chapters and articles. Since 1997, Dr. Smith has chaired Canada’s International Development Research Centre and has co-chaired the Canada Corps. He currently holds positions as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Climate Studies, as visiting professor at the Diplomatic Academy of the University of Westminster (London and Paris), as member of the Advisory Committee for the Conflict Analysis and Management Program at Royal Roads University and as associate faculty, as member of the Canadian Group of the Trilateral Commission, and co-chair fo the Advisory Board, Consortium for Economic Policy and Research in Russia. A member of the Order of Canada, he holds a PhD in political science from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.