Timothy J Hodges


Timothy Hodges is Professor of Practice in Strategic Approaches to Global Affairs at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID), where his work focuses on the application of strategic foresight methodologies in global affairs, the negotiation and implementation of international sustainable development treaties by Indigenous Peoples, governments and stakeholders.

Concurrently, he is Principal Consultant at Timothy J Hodges & Associates, providing leadership training and confidential strategic advisory services to governments, industry, private non-profit organizations, and indigenous and local communities in support of legally-binding treaty and commercial agreement negotiations, foresight analysis and anticipatory planning for organizational resilience.

Timothy Hodges is a former career Canadian diplomat, with a focus on environmental, economic, and trade policy issues including, for example, in the UN General Assembly, G8, WTO, APEC, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Food and Agricultural Organization, UNESCO, OECD, Organization of American States, NAFTA, and the Arctic Council.

Immediately prior to retiring after 35 years in the Canadian Public Service, Tim was a senior member of the Foreign Policy Staff at Global Affairs Canada, where he established and co-led the Foresight Unit. In the that role, Mr. Hodges was responsible for delivering to senior management annual scans of the Department’s global operating environment for the purposes of priority setting and medium-term planning and policy-making.

He served as Co-Chair, intergovernmental negotiating committee for the United Nations treaty on Access and Benefit-sharing of Genetic Resources (Nagoya Protocol), 2006-2010.

Timothy Hodges is past President of the Canadian Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO).

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