Dr. M.A. (Peggy) Smith, R.P.F.

M.A. (Peggy) Smith

Associate Professor
Professor Emeritus

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8672
+1 (807) 766-7177
Office Location: 
Braun Building 1011A
UC 2054
Office Hours: 
By appointment.
Academic Qualifications: 

2007: PhD, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

1999: Trainee in International Forestry Resources & Institutions Program at Workshop in Political Theory & Policy Analysis, Indiana University

1991: Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

1969: Lakeview High School, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Date joined Lakehead: 
July, 2000
Previous Teaching/Work: 

1994-present: Senior Advisor for National Aboriginal Forestry Association

1991-1994: Community Project Forester for KBM Forestry Consultants Inc. 

Research Assistant to Dr. Bob Rosehart, Chief Negotiator for the Province of Ontario in the Self-Government negotiations with Nishnawbe-Aski Nation

Member of Secretariat for Forest Sector Task Force of the Ontario Round Table on the Environment and Economy

1973-1987: Secretary at University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan


Dr. M.A. (Peggy) Smith (Miskwaanakwadook—Red Cloud Woman) is of Cree ancestry from the James Bay Treaty #9 area. She was appointed Interim Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) in September 2016. Prior to this she was Associate Professor in Lakehead University's Faculty of Natural Resources Management. She is a Registered Professional Forester with the Ontario Professional Foresters Association. She has taught Policy and Legislation in Natural Resources, Environmental Assessment, Aboriginal Peoples and Natural Resources and Natural Resources Development and Aboriginal Peoples in the Faculty of Law. Her research interests have focussed on the social impacts of natural resources management, especially Indigenous peoples' rights, community forestry, public participation, northern development, and forest certification. Peggy continues her longstanding affiliation as Senior Advisor with the National Aboriginal Forestry Association, an Indigenous-controlled non-profit organization with the goal of increasing Indigenous participation in the forest sector.