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Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University

Dr. Mike DeGagné

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. 


Recent News

President DeGagné earns Indspire Award

Congratulations to Nipissing University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Mike DeGagné, on earning an Indspire Award for Public Service. The 2018 Indspire Awards were announced November 7, 2017. A ceremony will be held to celebrate the award winners on March 23, 2018, in Winnipeg, MB.

DeGagné speaking for World Social Work Day

World Social Work Day is on March 20, and the department of Social Work is marking the occasion with a special lecture featuring Nipissing University president, Dr. Mike DeGagné. Dr. DeGagné will speak about the future of social work in the context of Reconciliation and efforts to indigenize education.

Nipissing installs Dr. Mike DeGagné as President

Education is the key to a better world, an investment in one’s personal future and the future of Ontario, and Nipissing University has a significant role to play in building that future. That was one of the key messages expressed during Dr. Mike DeGagné’s first official address as President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University.