Dr. Dion Martens is the Director of Research Services and Ethics and a Professional Affiliate with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
Dion earned a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina, a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Saskatchewan, where he was named a Vanier Scholar. Dion started his career in restorative justice for young offenders, putting his conflict-resolution skills to work as a victim-offender mediator. He has held various leadership roles in and around government and served as Director of Policy for one of Canada’s top non-partisan think tanks, the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa.
His diverse volunteer experience includes serving on the board of the Alzheimer Society of Canada; assisting with youth engagement projects in Rwanda, the Philippines and Northern Ireland; and supporting the safe reintegration of high-risk individuals returning to the community from incarceration.