Portrait of Ann Dowsett Johnston Ann Dowsett Johnston
An award-winning writer and editor,
  respected for her expertise in
    journalism, higher education
      and alcohol policy issues.

Winner of five National Magazine Awards, a Southam Fellowship and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, Ann is a gifted author and public speaker.

A respected advocate in public policy matters, she has a distinguished track record in shaping a broad variety of dynamic publications. As well, she is co-founder and co-chair of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol, a pan-Canadian advocacy group launched in 2013.

As a journalist, her most recent work was as the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. She wrote a 14-part series on Women and Alcohol, appearing in The Toronto Star.

At Maclean's, she was best known for pioneering the magazine's system of ranking Canadian universities, overseeing the bestselling annual Maclean's Guide to Canadian Universities and the Maclean's University Graduate Survey. As a columnist, feature writer and speaker, she developed a strong leadership voice on educational policy and re-investment. In 2006, she became vice-principal of McGill University, in charge of development, alumni relations and strategic communication.

As well, Ann has written on a wide variety of subjects, from the arts to mental health. Her personal writing was anthologized in Dropped Threads II: More of What We Aren't Told.

Ann grew up in northern Ontario, rural South Africa and Toronto. A graduate of Queen's University, she lives in Toronto.