Monday, July 9, 2012
Garnett Picot and Ging Wong, along with economists Charles Beach (Queen’s University) and Craig Riddell (U.B.C.), were recently awarded the Mike McCracken Award during the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) meetings in Calgary 2012. The award, established in 2010, recognizes both theoretical and applied contributions that have contributed in important ways to the development or use of official economic statistics. The person who nominated this year’s four award recipients wrote: “By their contributions to improving the data available to labour economists, they enabled the growth in Canada over the last decades of world class research on the functioning of labour markets. They also enabled the growth in Canada of evidence based public policy debate and decision making in the areas of education, training, income distribution and poverty, safety net and automatic stabilizer programs, and much more.” (CEA Newletter, v. 46, August 2012)
Garnett Picot, an adjunct professor in the School of Policy Studies, teaches Research Tools for Policy Analysis, a core course in the Professional Master of Public Administration program each summer. He recently retired from his position as Director-General of Research for Statistics Canada. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Research in Public Policy and Statistics Canada, and is on the executive committee of both the Canadian Economics Association and the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Research Network.
Ging Wong is also an adjunct professor in the School of Policy Studies, where he teaches the courses, Economics of Social Policy and Program Evaluation. He is also a Fellow with the Centre for Studies in Democracy and Diversity at Queen’s University and an adjunct professor at Wuhan University in China. He served as an executive at Human Resources and Social Development Canada, heading the program evaluation group, and held positions with Privy Council Office and Heritage Canada during a 28-year public service career. A founding member of the Canadian Employment Research Board, he continues to serve on the board.