Cat’s Track #155 – Dr. PG Forest

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Welcome to Cat’s Track Episode 155, with guest Dr. PG Forest.

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Dr. Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest is the Director of the School of Public Policy and the James S. and Barbara A. Palmer Chair in public policy at the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the School of Public Policy, PG Forest was Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at Johns Hopkins University and Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. From 2006 to 2013, he was president and CEO of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a Canadian institution supporting innovation in policy research.

In 2001, PG Forest was appointed to the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada where he was Director of Research, responsible for the evidence produced and used by the Commission. In 2003, he was awarded theG.D.W.Cameron Visiting Chair at Health Canada, before becoming Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Scientist (2004-2006). Dr. Forest was also part of the working group tasked with the establishment of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Dr. Forest spent the first part of his academic career at Université Laval, where he was Professor of policy analysis and public management with the department of political science (1990-2007). He is the author of more than a hundred and sixty scientific papers and books.

PG Forest obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science at Université Laval (1984) and a PhD. in History and Socio-Politics of Science at Université de Montréal (1989). He holds an appointment as Professor of Community Health Science in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciencesin 2008.