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Donald Savoie

New Brunswick, Université de Moncton

Dr. Donald J. Savoie holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at the Université de Moncton. His research achievements are prodigious and his influence on Canadian public policy, Canadian public administration, regional development policy and Canadian society has been evident for years.

Dr. Savoie has published numerous books. His recent works include Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher?: How Government Decides and Why (2013), I’m From Bouctouche Me: Roots Matter (2009), and Power: Where is it? (2010).  Earlier well known books include Breaking the Bargain: Public Servants, Ministers and Parliament ; Governing from the Centre: The Concentration of Power in Canadian Politics ; The Politics of Public Spending in Canada and Regional Economic Development: Canada’s Search for Solutions published by the University of Toronto Press; Thatcher, Reagan, Mulroney: In Search of a New Bureaucracy published by the University of Pittsburgh Press; and La lutte pour le développement , published by Les Presses de l’Université du Québec.

He has extensive work experience in both government and academia. He has held senior positions with the government of Canada and, in 1983, founded the Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Development at l’Université de Moncton. He has served as an advisor to a number of federal, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, the private sector, independent associations, OECD, the World Bank and the United Nations. At the request of the Canadian prime minister, he undertook in 1986-87 a review of federal government regional development efforts in Atlantic Canada and prepared a report that led to the establishment of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. He was Simon Reisman Visiting Fellow, Treasury Board, government of Canada (2004), Senior Fulbright Scholar at Harvard and Duke universities (2001-02), Senior Fellow of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (2000-04) and selected Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (2006).

Dr. Savoie has been called upon to participate on various decision-making, advisory and editorial committees. He was asked in 1998 to chair a national panel on “Partnering in the Fishery” and co-chair a provincial task force on the future of electricity in New Brunswick. He was appointed member of the board of governors of the Canadian Centre for Management Development (1998), the board of directors of Industrial-Alliance (1997), Canada’s sixth largest insurance company, member of the Advisory Committee of the Order of Canada (1995-99), the National Task Force on Incomes and Adjustment in the Atlantic Fishery (1992-94), member of the Steering Committee of Canada’s “Prosperity and Competitiveness” planning exercise (1991-92), member of Canada’s International Trade Advisory Committee (1991-93), member of the Economic Council of Canada (1990-92), member of the editorial boards of Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory (2002-04), Governance (1995-98), Canadian Public Administration (1985-94), and Optimum (1991-), elected to the national executive of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada in 1985 and 1990, appointed co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Regional Science ( 1984-87), and named to the Advisory Council of the Institute for Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University (1983-87).

Dr. Savoie has won numerous prizes and awards, including: the Trudeau Fellowships Prize (2004), the Sun Life Public Service Citation Award (2004), finalist for the SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research (2003), the Vanier Gold Medal (1999) for “having made a significant contribution in the field of public administration in Canada,” honoured by the Public Policy Forum at its twelfth annual testimonial awards (1999), elected president of the Canadian Association of Political Science (1998), made an Officer of the Order of Canada (1993), elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1992), awarded the Canada 125 Medal (1992), selected alumnus of the year and named Honorary Patron, Order of Regents, Université de Moncton (1991). Two of his books were short listed for the Donner Prize, Governing from the Centre (2000) and Pulling Against Gravity: Economic Development in New Brunswick (2001). The Politics of Public Spending in Canada was the inaugural recipient of the Smiley prize (1992) awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association for the best book in the study of government and politics in Canada and Les défis de l’industrie des pêches au Nouveau-Brunswick was awarded “Le Prix France-Acadie” (1993). He was also awarded the Mosher prize by the Public Administration Review (US) for the best article (co-author) in public administration (1994). He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Université Sainte-Anne (1993), Mount Allison (1997), the University of New Brunswick (2002), Dalhousie University (2003), and St. Francis Xavier University (2005). He was also awarded a Doctor of Letters from Oxford University (2000).