Faculty Profile - Greg Marchildon

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History (Tier 1), Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
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In addition to being a faculty member and research chair, Gregory P. Marchildon is the president of the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation and is the University of Regina’s site director for the CIHR-funded Western Regional Training Centre in Health Services Research. He also sits on the editorial board of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

After receiving a PhD from the London School of Economics, Marchildon taught for five years at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. In the 1990s, he served as deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs and subsequently as deputy minister to the premier and cabinet secretary in the Government of Saskatchewan. From 2001-2002, he was executive director of a federal Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (the Romanow Commission).

He is the author of numerous journal articles and books on Canadian history, comparative public policy, public administration and federalism, including Health Systems in Transition: Canada co-published by the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe on behalf of the European Observatory and the University of Toronto Press.

Marchildon is currently supervising four master’s students and six PhD students.

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Email: greg.marchildon@uregina.ca
Phone: (306) 585-5464
Website: http://gregmarchildon.ca/
  • PhD in Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1990
  • MA in Economics, University of Regina, 1984
  • LLB, University of Saskatchewan, 1980
  • BA in History/Economics, University of Regina, 1980

Areas of Interest
  • Canadian public policy and economic history
  • Evolution of public health care in Canada
  • Political, administrative and economic history of postwar Saskatchewan   
  • Public health care policy in Canada and other advanced industrialized nations and comparative health systems
Recent Grants/Awards

Awards and Honours

  • Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Achievement Award, 2013
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), since 2012
  • Canadian Historical Association, Award for Best Article in Political History, 2012
  • Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Research, University of Regina, 2010
  • Institute of Public Administration of Canada Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal, 2006
  • Distinguished Alumni Award (Professional/Business), University of Regina, 2003
  • Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing, 2002


  • Co-Principal Investigator: CIHR grant for “comparative review of the policy landscape on team-based primary health care service delivery in Western Canada. Total funding: $148,536 for 2013-2014.
  • Co-Principal Investigator: CIHR operating grant for “researching arts-based wellness promotion for suicide promotion among Aboriginal youth. Total funding: $253,556 for 2013-2015.
  • Principal investigator: Saskatchewan Health Services Research Foundation: conference funding for Bending the Cost Curve in Health Care, grant notice of decision, August 2, 2012. Total funding: C$10,000
  • Principal investigator: Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI): as analytical writer, to prepare final report for Health Care Cost Driver Project.  Total funding: C$58,800 for 2011.
  • Co-investigator: Tri-council (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) grant for Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in Americas (VACEA) through the International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change, project 106372-008. Total funding: C$249,427 per year for five years (2011-2016)
  • Co-investigator: SSHRC International Opportunities Fund grant on Poverty Reduction in Chile (social capital in Chile Solidario). PI, Neil Guppy.Total funding: C$64,940 for 2010-2011.
  • Research director, Prairie Node: CIHR Partnership for Health System Improvement (PHSI) grant on Leadership and Health System Redesign. National PI, Graham Dickson. Total funding, $98,950 for 2010-2013. 
  • Co-investigator: CIHR Partnership for Health System Improvement (PHSI) grant for improving access to mental health services, in particular for establishing and evaluating a strategic unit for Internet therapy education and development. PI, Heather Hadjistavropoulos. Total funding: $368,439 for 2009-2011. 
  • Principal Applicant: CIHR, enhancing existing capacity in applied health services and policy research in Western Canada (training grants d), grant notice of decision, April 3, 2009. Total funding: $298,333 per year for 6 years shared among University of Regina, University of Calgary and University of Saskatchewan.
  • Co-investigator: SSHRC, social enterprises, knowledgeable economies, and sustainable communities (project #859-2005-0007). Total funding: C$1,747,475 for 2005-2010.
  • Co-investigator, SSHRC, Multi-Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) on institutional adaptation to climate change (project #412-2003-1001). Total funding: C$2,430,388 for 2003-2008.
  • Principal Investigator (with SIPP): Saskatchewan Health grant for evaluation of regionalization project. Total funding: C$50,000 for 2004-2006.
  • Principal Investigator: Saskatchewan Health grant for profile of province. Total funding: C$50,000 for 2005-2006.
  • Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History grant for history of Stewart, McKelvey, Stirling & Scales. Total funding: C$4,000 for 2000-2006.
Select Publications


  • Marchildon, G.P., and C. Anderson. 2014. Paddling Routes of North-Central Saskatchewan. Regina: University of Regina Press.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2013. Nunavut: A Health System Profile. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Atkinson Michael M., Daniel Béland, Gregory P. Marchildon, Kathleen McNutt, Peter W. B. Phillips, and Ken Rasmussen. May 2013. Governance and Public Policy in Canada: A View from the Provinces. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2012. Canada: Health System Review. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; Toronto: University of Toronto Press (in press).
  • Marchildon, G.P. and K. O'Fee. 2007. Health Care in Saskatchewan: An Analytical Profile. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center and SIPP. 153 pp.
  • *Marchildon, G.P. 2006. Health Systems in Transition: Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 156 pp.
  • +Marchildon, G.P. and S. Robinson. 2002. Canoeing the Churchill: A Practical Guide to the Historic Voyageur Highway. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center. 477 pp.
  • *Marchildon, G.P. 1996. Profits and Politics: Beaverbrook and the Gilded Age of Canadian Finance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 348 pp.

Edited Books

  • Making Medicare: New Perspectives on the History of Medicare in Canada, ed. G.P. Marchildon. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (in press). 
  • Privilege and Policy: A History of Community Clinics in Saskatchewan, by Stan Rands, ed. G.P. Marchildon and C. Leviten-Reid. Regina: CPRC Press, 2012. 
  • Business and Industry (Volume 4 of History of the Prairie West series), ed. G.P. Marchildon. Regina: CPRC Press, 2012. 
  • Agricultural History (Volume 3 of History of the Prairie West series), ed. G.P. Marchildon. Regina: CPRC Press, 2011. 
  • A Dry Oasis: Institutional Adaptation to Climate on the Canadian Prairies, ed. G.P. Marchildon. Regina: CPRC Press, 2009. 
  • Immigration and Settlement, 1870-1939 (Volume 2 of History of the Prairie West series), ed. G.P. Marchildon. Regina: CPRC Press, 2009. 
  • The Early Northwest (Volume 1 of History of the Prairie West series), ed. G.P. Marchildon. Regina: CPRC Press, 2008.
  • Medicare: Facts, Myths, Problems, Promise, ed. B. Campbell and G.P. Marchildon. Toronto: Lorimer, 2007.
  • The Heavy Hand of History: Interpreting Saskatchewan's Past, ed. G.P. Marchildon. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2005.
  • The Fiscal Sustainability of Health Care in Canada: The Romanow Papers, Volume 1, ed. G.P. Marchildon, T. McIntosh, and P.-G. Forest. Toronto: University of Toronto Press; French version published by University of Ottawa Press, 2004.
  • Changing Health Care in Canada: The Romanow Papers, Volume 2, ed. P.-G. Forest, G.P. Marchildon and T. McIntosh. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004; French version published by University of Ottawa Press, 2004.
  • The Governance of Health Care in Canada: The Romanow Papers, Volume 3, ed. T. McIntosh, P.-G. Forest and G.P. Marchildon. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004; French version published by University of Ottawa Press, 2004.
  • Agriculture at the Border: Canada-U.S. Trade Relations in the Global Food Regime, ed. G.P. Marchildon. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2000.
  • The NAFTA Puzzle: Political Parties and Trade in North America, ed. C.F. Doran and G.P. Marchildon. Boulder: Westview Press, 1994.
  • Canadian Multinationals and International Finance, ed. G.P. Marchildon and D. McDowall. London: Frank Cass, 1992.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Critical Essays in Business History, ed. G.P. Marchildon. Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 1991

General and Volume Editor: History of the Prairie West Series

  • The People (Vol. 10). Regina: CPRC Press, forthcoming 2013
  • The Environment (Vol. 9). Regina: CPRC Press, forthcoming 2013
  • Politics and Government, 1940-1990 (Vol. 8). Regina: CPRC Press, forthcoming 2012
  • Politics and Government, 1870-1939 (Vol. 7). Regina: CPRC Press, forthcoming 2012
  • Labour History (Vol. 6). Regina: CPRC Press, forthcoming 2011.
  • Women's History (Vol. 5), with Wendee Kubic. Regina: CPRC Press, forthcoming 2011.
  • Business and Urban Life (Vol. 4). Regina: CPRC Press, forthcoming, 2010.
  • Agriculture and Rural Life (Vol. 3). Regina: CPRC Press, forthcoming 2010.
  • Immigration and Settlement, 1870-1939 (Vol. 2). Regina: CPRC Press, 2009.
  • The Early Northwest (Vol. 1). Regina: CPRC Press, 2008.

Journal Articles (*peer reviewed)

  • *Marchildon, G.P., and H. Mou. 2014. A needs-based allocation formula for Canada Health Transfer. Canadian Public Policy, 40(3): 209-223.
  • *Marchildon, G.P. 2014. The three dimensions of universal Medicare in Canada. Canadian Public Administration, 57(3): 362-382.
  • *Fletcher, A.J., and G.P. Marchildon. 2014. Using the Delphi method for qualitative, participatory action research in health leadership. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 13: 1-18.
  • *Marchildon, G.P. 2014. Agenda setting in a parliamentary federation: universal Medicare in Canada, in Studying Public Policy: An International Approach, ed. M. Hill. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 76-87.
  • *Marchildon, G.P. 2013. Policy lessons from physicians’ strikes. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 2(34) – doi:10.1186/2045-4015-2-34.
  • *Marchildon, G.P., J.Y. Verma, N. Roos. 2013. Opinion editorials: the science and art of combining evidence with opinion. Evidence-Based Medicine 18(4) – in press.
  • *Stabile, M., S. Thomson, S. Allin, S. Boyle, R. Busse, K. Chevreul, G. Marchildon, and E. Mossialos. 2013. Health care cost containment strategies used in four other high-income countries hold lessons for the United States. Health Affairs 32(4): 643-652.
  • *Marchildon, G.P. 2013. Implementing Lean health reforms in Saskatchewan. Health Reform Observer – Observatoire des Réformes de Santé 1(1): 1-9. Available at: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/hro-ors/vol1/iss1/1
  • *Marchildon, G.P., and N.C. O’Byrne. 2013. Last province aboard: New Brunswick and national Medicare. Acadiensis 42(1): 150-167
  • *Marchildon, G.P. 2013. The future of the federal role in Canadian health care, in Health Care Federalism in Canada: Critical Junctures and Critical Perspectives, ed. K. Fierlbeck and W. Lahey. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 177-191.
  • *Marchildon, G.P. 2013. War, revolution and the Great Depression in the global wheat trade, 1917-39, in A Global History of Trade and Conflict Since 1500, ed. L. Coppolaro and F. McKenzie. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 142-162.
  • Marchildon, G.P., and Haizhen Mou. 2013. The Conservative 10-Year Canada Health Transfer plan: Another fix for a generation, in How Ottawa Spends, 2013-2014 - The Harper Government: Mid-Term Blues and Long-Term Plans. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 47-63.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2013. Health system performance in Canada: the good, the bad and the ugly. Eurohealth 19(2): 33-36.
  • *Marchildon, G.P., and S. Allin. 2012. Responsibility and accountability in Canadian Healthcare, in Accountability and Responsibility in Health Care: Issues in Addressing an Emerging Global Challenge, ed. B. Rosen, A. Israeli, S. Shortell (Vol. 1 of World Scientific Series in Global Healthcare Economics and Public Policy). London: World Scientific, 121-126.
  • *Marchildon, G.P., and W. Lockhart. 2012. Common trends in public stewardship of health care, in Accountability and Responsibility in Health Care: Issues in Addressing an Emerging Global Challenge, ed. B. Rosen, A. Israeli, S. Shortell (Vol. 1 of World Scientific Series in Global Healthcare Economics and Public Policy). London: World Scientific, 255-269.
  • Marchildon, G.P., and S. Chatwood. 2012. Northern Canada. Circumpolar Health Supplements 2012 (9): 41-51.
  • Marchildon, G.P., J. Magnussen, K. Young, P. Bjerregaard, S. Chatwood, K. Anderson. 2012. Cross-cutting issues. Circumpolar Health Supplements 2012 (9): 89-97.
  • Marchildon, G.P., and K. Young. 2012. Policy implications and future research. Circumpolar Health Supplements 2012 (9): 99-102.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2011. A house divided: deinstitutionalization, medicare and the Canadian Mental Health Association in Saskatchewan, 1944-1964. Histoire sociale / Social History 44(88): 305-329. 
  • Marchildon, G.P. and K. Schrijvers. 2011. Physician resistance and the forging of public health care: a comparative analysis of doctors’ strikes in Canada and Belgium in the 1960s. Medical History 55(2): 203-222. Awarded Best English-Language Article in Political History by the Canadian Historical Association in 2012.  
  • Hadjistavropoulos, T. J.A. Janzen Claude, H.D. Hadjistavropoulos, G.P. Marchildon, S. Kaasalainen, R. Gallagher, and B.L. Beattie. 2011. Stakeholder opinions on a transformational model of pain management in long-term care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 37(7): 40-51. 
  • Hadjistavropoulos, H., T.D. Fitzgerald, and G.P. Marchildon. 2010. Practice guidelines for assessing pain in older persons who reside in long-term care facilities. Physiotherapy Canada 62(2): 104-113. Winner of the 2010 Silver Quill Award for Knowledge Translation from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2009. The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration: climate crisis and federal-provincial relations during the Great Depression. Canadian Historical Review 90(2): 275-301.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2009. The policy history of Canadian Medicare. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 26(2): 247-260. 
  • Marchildon, G.P., and N.C. O'Byrne. 2009. From Bennettcare to Medicare: The morphing of medical care insurance in British Columbia. Article accepted for publication in Canadian Bulletin of Medical History.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2009. Institutional adaptation to climate change in the Canadian Plains. Prairie Forum 34(1): vii-xiii.
  • Marchildon, G.P., J. Pittman, and D.J. Sauchyn. 2009. The Dry Belt and changing aridity in the Palliser Triangle, 1895-2000. Prairie Forum 34(1): 31-44.
  • Rojas, A., L. Magzul, G.P. Marchildon, and B. Reyes. 2009. The Oldman River dam: conflict and institutional learning. Prairie Forum 34(1): 235-260.
  • McNutt, K., and G.P Marchildon. 2009. Think tanks and the Web: measuring visibility and influence. Canadian Public Policy 35(2): 219-236.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2009. The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration: climate crisis and federal-provincial relations during the Great Depression. Canadian Historical Review 90(2): 275-301.
  • Hadjistavropoulos, T., G.P. Marchildon, P. Fine, K. Herr, H. Palley, S. Kaasalainen, and F. Béland. 2009. Tranforming long-term care pain management in North America: the policy-clinical interface. Pain Medicine 10(3): 506-520.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2008. Reforming health management in Canada. Health Law in Canada 29(2): 9-15.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2008. Health security in Canada: policy complexity and overlap. Social Theory & Health 6(1): 74-90.
  • Marchildon, G.P., S. Kulshreshtha, E. Wheaton, and D. Sauchyn. 2008. Drought and institutional adaptation in the Great Plains of Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1914-1939. Natural Hazards 45(3): 391-411.
  • Marchildon, G.P. and C. Anderson. 2008. Robert Weir: Forgotten Farmer-Minister in R.B. Bennett's Depression-Era Cabinet. Prairie Forum 33(1): 65-98.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2007. Institutional adaptation to drought and the Special Areas of Alberta, 1909-1939. Prairie Forum 32(2): 251-271.
  • Marchildon, G.P. and K. McNutt. 2007. Infostructure and the revitalization of public health in Canada. HealthcarePapers 7(3): 44-51.
  • Marchildon, G.P., and D. Black. 2006. Henry Black, the Conservative Party and the politics of relief. Saskatchewan History 58(1): 4-17
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2005. The Chaoulli case: A two-tier Magna Carta? Healthcare Quarterly 8(4): 49-52.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2005. Understanding equalization: Is it possible? Canadian Public Administration 48:3: 420-428.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2005. Canadian health system reforms: Lessons for Australia? Australian Health Review 29(1): 105-119.
  • Romanow, R.J., and G.P. Marchildon. 2004. History, politics and transformational change in Canadian health care: A rejoinder." Canadian Psychology 45(3): 239-243.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2004. The public/private debate in the funding, administration and delivery of healthcare in Canada. Healthcare Papers 4(4):61-68.
  • Romanow, R.J., and G.P. Marchildon. 2003. Psychological services and the future of health care in Canada. Canadian Psychology 44(4): 283-295.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2001. Corporate lawyers and the second industrial revolution in Canada. Saskatchewan Law Review 64(1): 99-112.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 2000. A step in the right direction. Inroads 9: 236-245.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 1998. Canadian-American agricultural trade relations: A brief history. American Review of Canadian Studies 28(3): 233-252.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 1996. An attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable. Inroads 5: 98-104.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 1995. From Pax Britannica to Pax Americana and beyond. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 538: 151-168.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 1993. Canadian trade and investment: Historical trends and the impact of the FTA and the NAFTA. Built Environment 19(1): 50-59.
  • Marchildon, G.P., and E. Maxwell. 1992. Quebec's right of secession under Canadian and international law. Virginia Journal of International Law 32(3): 583-623.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 1992. Canadian multinationals and international finance: Past and present. Business History 34(3): 1-15.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 1992. "Hands across the water": Canadian industrial financiers in the City of London, 1905-20. Business History 34(3): 69-95.
  • Marchildon, G.P., and V. Noble. 1991. Canada-US relations in agricultural trade: A review of recent difficulties. Canada-US Outlook 2(3): 3-19. Extract reprinted in the National Planning Association's quarterly Looking Ahead 13 (1991).
  • Marchildon, GP. 1990. A new view of Canadian business history. Business History 32(3): 162-167.
  • Marchildon, G.P. 1990. The role of lawyers in corporate promotion and management: A Canadian case study and theoretical speculations. Business and Economic History 19: 193-202.
Current Courses
  • JSGS 827 Health Care Organization and Administration
Current Research
  • Evolution of Public Health Care in Canada
  • Political, Administrative and Economic History of Postwar Saskatchewan
  • Leadership and Health Systems Redesign
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in Americas