Andrew Potter

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Andrew Potter
Alma materMcGill University, University of Toronto, Glebe Collegiate Institute, Trent University, University of Montreal
OccupationProfessor, Writer, Journalist
OrganizationMcGill University

Ottawa Citizen

Known forJournalism

Andrew Potter is a Canadian author and associate professor (professional) at the Max Bell School of Public Policy in Montreal, where he is based. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen; best known for co-authoring The Rebel Sell, with Joseph Heath, and for his 2010 book, The Authenticity Hoax.[1] He was formerly director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

Early life and education[edit]

Potter was born in Teulon, Manitoba, and attended Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa before graduating from McGill University with a BA in Philosophy, followed by MA and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy at the University of Toronto. He also spent three years as an assistant professor at Trent University. Potter completed postdoctoral work at the Centre de recherches en éthique (CREUM) at the University of Montreal after graduation.[2]


Potter taught philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, from 2001 to 2004. He then left academia to become the National Editor at the Ottawa Citizen, a daily newspaper. In 2010 Potter left the Ottawa Citizen, when he was appointed Features Editor at Canadian Business in Toronto. From 2007 to 2012 Potter wrote a column for the Canadian national weekly news Maclean's magazine.[3] Andrew Potter also served as Director of the Montreal-based McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC).[4]

Potter returned to the Ottawa Citizen to become Managing Editor in 2011 and was promoted to Editor-In-Chief in December 2013. In 2013, Potter and the Ottawa Citizen were awarded the Michener Award for reporting that exposed the use of "robocalls" to mislead and harass voters during the 2011 federal election campaign.

In March 2017, Andrew Potter published an article in Maclean's in which he talks about the lack of solidarity within Quebec society.[5] This article was decried and denounced at the provincial legislature of Quebec, and the administration of McGill tweeted that Potter did not represent the views of the university. A few days after the publication of his article, Potter distanced himself from elements of his article and soon after resigned from his position at MISC, while remaining an associate professor. Distinguished national affairs commentators including Paul Wells and former Maclean's national editor Andrew Coyne questioned or condemned the backlash, specifically the perceived yielding to political pressure by an academic institution.[6][7]

Academic interests[edit]

Potter's academic background is in metaphysics and political philosophy, post-secondary educational policy, branding, consumerism and popular culture. He maintains an interest in technology and the future of the news media.[8]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2010-05-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Author biography at HarperCollins, 2010
  3. ^ "Andrew Potter". MacLean's. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  4. ^ "Andrew Potter to head to the MISC". McGill Newsroom. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  5. ^ Andrew Potter (2017-03-20). "How a snowstorm exposed Quebec's real problem: social malaise". Retrieved 2022-02-01.
  6. ^ Shingler, Benjamin. "Andrew Potter resigns from McGill post after MacLean's essay on Quebec". CBC news.
  7. ^ "What the Andrew Potter affair was really about". MacLean's. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  8. ^ Lilley, Brian. "Andrew Potter doesn't know squat". Lilley Pad. Archived from the original on 2013-09-02. Retrieved 19 December 2014.