Dr. Paul Tennant

Dr. Paul Tennant

Paul Tennant is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UBC.  

He was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Kamloops. After graduating from UBC in 1961, he held a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship at the University of Chicago, obtaining his MA in Public Administration and his PhD in Political Science. He then spent a year working and studying in the United States Congress as the first Canadian to hold a US Congressional Fellowship.

He served on the UBC faculty from 1966 to 2006, specializing in community politics, British Columbia government and politics, and the politics of aboriginal peoples. Among his academic awards are the UBC Master Teacher Award, the UBC Student Government’s "Just Desserts” award for outstanding service to students, the BC Lieutenant Governor's Medal for publications advancing the understanding of British Columbia History, and the BC Historical Federation’s Certificate of Merit. His Aboriginal Peoples and Politics: The Indian Land Question in BC received the 1991 Roderick Haig-Brown Prize as that year’s book "contributing most to a better appreciation of British Columbia.”

In Vancouver he was a founding member, and then President, of TEAM, the reform group that elected Art Phillips as Mayor and set the Vancouver on course to becoming the world-renowned city of today. On Bowen Island, where he has lived since 2002, he is on the board of private Island Pacific School and is past Chair of the municipality’s Planning Commission. He was a founding member, and is currently treasurer, of OneBowen, the reform group whose candidates gained control of the island’s municipal council in 2011.

His other-island tie is to Haida Gwaii, where he is an adopted member of the Skedaans Raven lineage, with the name Guuju-aya (“Good Listener”). He has 4 sons and 9 grandchildren. His hobbies are wood turning, birding, kayaking, and grandfathering.