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Convocation date: October 21, 2000
Discipline / contribution: public policy
Citation / biographical information:
Thomas J. Courchene was born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, and was educated at the University of Saskatchewan (Honours B.A., 1962) and Princeton University (Ph.D., 1967). From 1965 to 1988 he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Courchene spent the fall term of 1986 as a visiting Professor at Ecole nationale d’administration publique (Montreal). For the academic year 1987/88, he occupied the John P. Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies at York University. In 1988, he accepted the Directorship of Queen’s New School of Policy Studies (1988- 1992). Currently, Dr. Courchene is the Jarislowsky-Deutsch Professor of Economic and Financial Policy at Queen’s, is a member of the Department of Economics, the School of Policy Studies and the Faculty of Law, and is the Director of the John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Dr. Courchene is the author of some two hundred and fifty books and articles on Canadian policy issues, including a four volume series on Canadian monetary policy for the C.D. Howe Institute: In Praise of Renewed Federalism (C.D. Howe); Social Policy in the 1990s: Agenda for Reform (C.D. Howe); Equalization Payments: Past, Present and Future (Ontario Economic Council); Economic Management and the Division of Powers (Macdonald Royal Commission) and A First Nations Province (Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s). A collection of his recent articles appears as Rearrangements (Oakville, Mosaic Press). His 1994 book, Social Canada in the Millennium was awarded the Doug Purvis Prize for the best Canadian economic policy contribution in 1994. Dr. Courchene’s other recent works include Celebrating Flexibility (The 1995 C.D. Howe Benefactors Lecture), Redistributing Money and Power: A Guide To the Canada Health and Social Transfer (1995), and ACCESS: A Convention on the Canadian Economic and Social Systems (1996). His latest book, From Heartland to North American Region State: The Social, Fiscal and Federal Evolution of Ontario (1998, with Cohn Telmer) won the inaugural Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy. His on-going research interests include, in addition to the above areas, financial deregulation, the political economy of Canadian federalism, and comparative federal systems.
Dr. Courchene was Chair of the Ontario Economic Council of Canada from 1982 to 1985, has been a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute since 1980, was a former member of the Economic Council of Canada, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (elected 1981) and is a Past President (1 991/92) of the Canadian Economics Association. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Ontario in 1997. In April of 1999, Thomas Courchene was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada. In the same year, he delivered the Timlin lecture at the University of Saskatchewan. Most recently, he was awarded the 1999 Molson Prize in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the annual Molson Prizes recognize the recipients’ outstanding lifetime contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada.
Degree presented by: John Courtney, Professor of Political Studies
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