Dr. Margo Greenwood is an internationally recognized and highly respected Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry. She is a researcher, author, and mother with over 30 years of experience focused on the health and well-being of Indigenous children, families, and communities.
Dr. Greenwood has worked at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) since 1997. She is a full professor in UNBC’s Education program and the Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, hosted by UNBC. Earlier this year, she was appointed interim Scientific Director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Greenwood has held numerous leadership roles with health, policy, and research institutes, including Site Director for the Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs; Leader of the Aboriginal stream of the ActNow BC initiative; and Vice-President of Indigenous Health for the Northern Health Authority of British Columbia. Dr. Greenwood’s career has also included working as an early learning instructor and administrator with colleges and schools across Canada, as well as with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council.
Dr. Greenwood serves on the boards of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and the British Columbia Patient Safety and Quality Council. She has led, and lent expertise to, the development of social policies and programs provincially, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Greenwood is a published author on health, education, social work, and Indigenous studies.
Dr. Greenwood is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of many distinctions, including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in early childhood education; the Perry Shawna Leadership and Advocacy Award from the British Columbia Aboriginal Child Care Society; the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (now Indspire Award) for Education from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation; and the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia’s Academic of the Year Award.
Dr. Greenwood holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts from the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of British Columbia.