Thomas J. Courchene

Professor Courchene is a Distinguished Fellow with the JDI, and one of Canada's leading policy scholars. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of distinguished positions, and has had remarkable influence over Canadian public policy. He is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics and School of Policy Studies, Queen's University where he continues to lecture and participate in policy research, and Senior Scholar at the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal.

Prof. Courchene was the Director of the JDI from 1993 to 1999. He held the Jarislowsky-Deutsch Professorship in Economic and Financial Policy at Queen's University (1992-2012) while serving as a faculty member in the Department of Economics, School of Policy Studies and Faculty of Law. He served as the Chair of the Ontario Economic Council (1982-1985), Director of the Queen's School of Policy Studies (1988-1992), Director of the Queen's Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (2006-2010), and Senior Fellow at the CD Howe Institute (1980-1999). Previously, he was a post-doc at the University of Chicago, a professor at the University of Western Ontario, a visiting professor at Ecole nationale d'administration publique (Montreal), and the John P. Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies at York University. He was born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, and was educated at the University of Saskatchewan (Honours BA, 1962) and Princeton University (Ph.D., 1967).

He is the author or editor of some 60 books and has published some 300 academic papers on a wide range of Canadian public policy issues.

Select honors include:

  • Officer in the Order of Canada, invested in 1999
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, elected 1981
  • Molson Prize for lifetime achievement in the Social Sciences and Humanities, 1999
  • Chair of the Ontario Economic Council, 1982-85
  • President of the Canadian Economics Association, 1991/92
  • President of the North American Economics and Finance Association, 2000/01
  • Honorary Doctorates of Laws from the University of Western Ontario (1997), the University of Saskatchewan (1999), and the University of Regina (2007)
  • Recipient of the 1994 Doug Purvis Prize for the best Canadian economic policy contribution for the book, Social Canada in the Millennium
  • Winner of the inaugural Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian Public Policy for From Heartland to North American Region State: The Social, Fiscal and Federal Evolution of Ontario with Colin Telmer
  • Named as one of 100 Alumni of Influence by the University of Saskatchewan (2007) during the school's 100th anniversary