Dr. John Shields is a member of the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. He is a Full Professor with over thirty years of university teaching and research experience and holds/held research affiliations with the Centre for Governance Studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby; the Centre for Voluntary Sector Studies, Faculty of Business, Ryerson University; the International Social Sciences Institute at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; and CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre (Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement) where he served as one of the Centre Directors from 2002 to 2008. Also in the recent past he has been the Interim Director of the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS). He has served on numerous advisory bodies including most recently for the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), and is the current Board Chair of the GTA non-profit employment agency ACCES Employment. Professor Shields is a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson. He is affiliated with the MA program in Public Policy and Administration (which he served as co-Director from 2005-2012); the MA program in Immigration and Settlement Studies; the Joint (with York University) Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture, which offers both MA and PhD streams; and the PhD program in Policy Studies.