Claire M. Morris


Claire M. Morris is president and CEO of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Prior to joining AUCC, Ms. Morris served as deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs in the Privy Council Office of Canada and prior to that, as deputy minister of Human Resources Development Canada.

Before joining the federal government in 1998, Ms. Morris served as Secretary to the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council in the Province of New Brunswick.

Ms. Morris has a longstanding interest in the well-being of Canada’s universities. She was a member of the board of governors of St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and served in an advisory capacity for the school of public administration at Dalhousie University, the faculty of social work at Université de Moncton, and the faculty of administration at the University of New Brunswick. For several years, Ms. Morris chaired the Maritime Rhodes Scholarship selection committee, and the selection committee for women’s doctoral scholarships in New Brunswick.

Ms. Morris has been a guest lecturer at Queen’s University’s Program for Public Service executives in Kingston, Ontario, and sessional lecturer at St. Thomas University and Université de Moncton.

Her extensive international experience includes co-chairing the Steering Committee on the Canada-Russia Public Administration Reform Project, and serving as head of the Canadian delegation to APEC’s high-level meeting on human capacity building in Beijing, China. While in New Brunswick, Ms. Morris provided the leadership to the South Africa/Canada twinning project of the province of Northern Cape with the province of New Brunswick.

A native of Ottawa, Ms. Morris holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Toronto. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of New Brunswick in 2000, an honorary degree from Thompson Rivers University in 2005, and an honorary degree from Cape Breton University in 2007.


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