Event Date: January 31, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:30pm Location: Faculty of Social Science 4004, 120 University Private, Ottawa
Presented by the International Political Economy Network
Richard French provides a survey of the evidence on evidence-based policy, a movement often uninterested in what research says about it’s own efficacy and prospects. His presentation will outline four schools of thought on the subject — Reinforce, Reform, Reinvent, and Reject — and explore the major themes involved in the latter three.
Richard French earned a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of British Columbia and a DPhil in History from Oxford, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. He has worked in the secretariat to the Cabinet of the Government of Canada, and on the faculties of Princeton, McGill, and the University of Ottawa, where he holds the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair of Business and Public Policy.
In the 1980s, he was Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Westmount and held ministerial portfolios in Communications, Science and Technology, and Supply and Services. He has served as a senior executive for Bell Canada and for Bombardier in Canada, India, and Germany. His most recent public appointment was as Vice Chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). He is chairman of the board and an investor in a privately held company that employs advanced materials to manufacture logistical products for the trucking, defence, and aviation industries, with operations in Montreal, Indiana, and Shanghai.