Dr. Michael Hawes is a professor of political science, a tireless advocate of international education, and a proud alumnus of the Fulbright program. He assumed the leadership of Fulbright Canada in September of 2001 and has had the privilege of directing the program through some very exciting times. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America and Executive Director of Fulbright Canada. Under his direction Fulbright Canada has witnessed dramatic growth in its programs and in the number of students and scholars that the program supports.

Michael holds a Ph.D. in political science from York University in Toronto, an M.A. in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a B.A.H in economics and history from the University of Toronto. He has published widely on foreign policy, political culture, international economic relations, regional integration, and related subjects. He has also sat on a number of national advisory committees and on ministerial advisory boards. He currently chairs the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Studies in International Development at McGill University, is an executive committee member of the Board of Directors at Canada World Youth, and a member of the Editorial Board at the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. He also co-convenes the Canada Colloquium Series at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.