JSGS Remembers Distinguished Scholar Peter Aucoin

Faculty and students at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy are remembering Peter Aucoin, one of Canada’s most distinguished scholars of public affairs and public administration, who passed away on July 7, 2011.

Faculty and students at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy are remembering Peter Aucoin, one of Canada’s most distinguished scholars of public affairs and public administration, who passed away on July 7, 2011.

Peter Aucoin
(October 3, 1943 – July 7, 2011)

Peter Aucoin was a faculty member at Dalhousie University since 1970. During that time he earned the respect and admiration of the Canadian and international policy studies community for his path breaking work on a host of public management topics. His acclaimed expertise resulted in a number of appointments outside of the university. Peter was a senior fellow of the Canada School of Public Service, Government of Canada and a member of the academic advisory council of the Secretary of the Treasury Board. He served as science advisor to the Science Council of Canada, Research Coordinator for the federal Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada and Research Director for the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing. He was also a former president of the Canadian Political Science Association and served on the boards of numerous academic journals. The list goes on.

Years of teaching, research and mentoring brought Peter international recognition, including honourary degrees and membership in the Royal Society of Canada. In the midst of all this Peter never failed to make time for his students and academic colleagues, providing sage advice and genuine encouragement to everyone. He will be remembered by the larger academic community as one of Canada’s great students of public administration. By those who were privileged to know him personally, he will be remembered as a truly gentle person who never took himself too seriously, always recalled his Maritime roots, and celebrated others much more than himself. He will be truly missed.

Michael Atkinson, Executive Director
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan Campus

Ken Rasmussen, Associate Director
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Regina Campus

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