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Brett Fairbairn

Fairbairn will join JSGS U of S campus as professor

Former U of S Provost Brett Fairbairn will be transferring his appointment as a tenured professor in the Department of History to the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy’s University of Saskatchewan campus, effective immediately.

Former U of S Provost Brett Fairbairn will be transferring his appointment as a tenured professor in the Department of History to the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy’s University of Saskatchewan campus, effective immediately.

A Rhodes Scholar and Oxford University graduate, Fairbairn is a highly respected historian who is committed to interdisciplinary work. His current research interests focus on co-operatives in the new economy, and the governance of non-profit enterprises.

From 2002-2007, Fairbairn was the principal investigator of the largest research project ever undertaken on co-operatives in Canada. He has more than 80 publications, including his two most recent books, Co-operative Membership and Globalization and Living the Dream: Membership and Marketing in the Co-operative Retailing System. Another book resulting from his latest SSHRC grant – on local enterprise and community responses to globalization – is coming out later this year.

In 2004, he led a major project for the Policy Research Initiative of the Privy Council of the Government of Canada, which involved conducting and presenting research to inform federal policy-makers regarding social policy and social enterprise. Fairbairn has also participated in a study and series of workshops organized by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada on co-operative alternatives for public services. In addition to these projects, he was also appointed twice by the province to chair the Saskatchewan Archives Board. 

“Everyone at the school of public policy enthusiastically supports Brett’s appointment,” says Michael Atkinson, executive director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. “Brett is a high-performance academic with knowledge and experience in public policy, especially in the field of cooperatives. He will fit right into our interdisciplinary environment.”

In recognition of his public and scholarly contributions, Fairbairn was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan in 2002.

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For more information, contact:

Erica Schindel
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus
(306) 966-2663
erica.schindel@usask.ca
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