Over a 37-year government career, Margaret McCuaig-Johnston served at the assistant deputy minister level at Canada’s Department of Finance, Natural Resources Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and has had senior management positions at Industry Canada, the Prime Minister’s National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, the Ministry of State for Science and Technology, and the Privy Council Office. For the last seven years of her government career, Margaret was a member of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Science and Technology. She has had close relations over the years with China on other matters such as energy technology, manufacturing, industrial development, industry associations, and think-tanks. She has visited China more than a dozen times since 1979.
Margaret holds an MA in International Relations focused on China (York University), an Honours BA in Political Economy (University of Toronto) and speaks Mandarin. She is also Vice-Chair of the Board of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory – SNOLAB, a Board member of the Canadian International Council (National Capital), and Past Vice-President of the Canada-China Friendship Society.