September 22, 2011
Tom Courchene was educated at the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. Hons., 1962) and Princeton University (Ph.D., 1967). He was Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario (1965-88), before accepting the Directorship of the new School of Policy Studies at Queen's University (1988-92). He is currently the Jarislowsky-Deutsch Professor of Economic and Financial Policy at Queen's, a member of the Department of Economics, the School of Policy Studies and the Faculty of Law, and Senior Scholar at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He served as Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University (2007-10).
Dr. Courchene is the author or editor of soem 60 books and has published over 250 academic articles on a wide range of Canadian public policy issues. 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 and his book, From Heartland to North American Region State: The Social, Fiscal and Federal Evolution of Ontario (1998, with Colin Telmer) won the inaugural Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian Public Policy. His ongoing research interests also include financial deregulation, the political economy of Canadian federalism, and comparative federal systems, climate change and the knowledge based economy.