Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University
Mike DeGagné is the sixth President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. His career includes working with the federal government in management of Indigenous programs and as a negotiator of comprehensive claims. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national organization which addressed the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.
DeGagné has served on numerous Boards of Directors in the health and university sectors including as Chairman of Ottawa Queensway-Carleton Hospital and Chairman of the Child Welfare League of Canada.
With a PhD in Education focusing on Indigenous post-secondary success from Michigan State University, Dr. DeGagné also holds Masters degrees in Administration and Law. He lectures regionally, nationally and internationally in the areas of Indigenous governance and reconciliation. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Most recently, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Dalhousie University and an Indspire award for Public Service.