John (Jack) P. Blaney, Commissioner
Jack Blaney is a Commissioner with the International Joint Commission, a treaty organization dedicated to resolving transboundary environmental issues between Canada and the United States. Commission offices are located in Ottawa, Washington, D.C. and Windsor.
He also is co-creator and founding director of Action Canada, a unique Government of Canada-private sector partnership whose mission is to build leadership for Canada’s future.
Dr. Blaney was appointed Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform in May 2003 by the B.C. Legislature. The Assembly of 160 randomly selected citizens was a historic initiative in citizen-led public policy development. Its work concluded in December 2004.
Jack Blaney is President Emeritus, Simon Fraser University. In various university capacities, he increased access to undergraduate, graduate and liberal arts and professional programs for adults. He was instrumental in the creation of Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The Centre is acclaimed worldwide for its design and support for dialogue. Previous to his decanal and Vice-President appointments at Simon Fraser University, Dr. Blaney held several positions at The University of British Columbia and taught public school in Osoyoos, B.C.
He also served as chair of the Fraser Basin Council, which brings together all levels of government, including First Nations, and the private and civil sectors to resolve sustainability issues in B.C.’s Fraser River Basin.
Dr. Blaney has served on a variety of community boards, such as the Vancouver Board of Trade, the Vancouver Museums and Planetarium and the Vancouver Police Department.
He has received several national and regional honours, including an honorary doctor of laws from UBC and SFU, the Order of British Columbia, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Service, the Distinguished Educator’s Award (OISE, University of Toronto), and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Earned degrees are from The University of British Columbia and UCLA.
Dr. Blaney was born and lives in Vancouver.