Saskatoon, SK - Greg Marchildon, Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History and professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) has been awarded the 2013 Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Achievement Award. Marchildon was presented with the award by the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, along with June Bold, SHRF Chief Executive Officer and Terry Baker, SHRF Board Chair at the foundation’s annual awards banquet held on Thursday, December 5. The Achievement Award is SHRF’s premiere honour, recognizing leading health researchers for contributions made to the health field.
Marchildon has earned an international reputation as one of the leading figures in health systems and policy. 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 the federal Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow Commission). In 2012, Marchildon was inducted as a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
“This award is a recognition of the need for health systems and policy research in addition to biomedical and clinical research,” said Vianne Timmons, president and vice-chancellor. “I think it also reflects well on what we have been able to build in terms of a critical mass of graduate students at the University of Regina through the Western Regional Training Centre on Health Services Research and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School.”
In addition to maintaining an active teaching and research schedule in the JSGS, Marchildon is the site director for the CIHR-funded Western Regional Training Centre in Health Services Research and sits on the editorial board of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. He is the author of numerous journal articles and books, includingHealth Systems in Transition: Canada study for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policy, co-published by the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe on behalf of the European Observatory and the University of Toronto Press.
“Greg Marchildon’s work on health policy and his willingness to mentor and train new researchers and practitioners has been of enormous value to the school”, says Michael Atkinson, JSGS executive director. “He is a superb role model for anyone who aspires to be a research leader in Canada.”
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