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Inaugural Harry Kitchen Lecture to Feature Prestigious Canadian Economic Policy Scholar Dr. Tom Courchene


Free Community Lecture “A Policy Blueprint for the Information Age” to be Hosted by Trent University on November 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, Peterborough

The Department of Economics at Trent University is pleased to present Dr. Tom Courchene as the featured speaker for the first ever Harry Kitchen Lecture in Public Policy taking place on Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 117 at Peter Gzowski College.

Originally from Wakaw, Saskatchewan, Dr. Courchene is an economics professor at Queen’s University, jointly appointed as the Jarislowsky-Deutsch Professor of Economics and Financial Policy and the Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.

Dr. Courchene was Chair of the Ontario Economic Council of Canada from 1982 to 1985, has been a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute since 1980, was a former member of the Economic Council of Canada, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and is a Past President of the Canadian Economics Association. He received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Western Ontario in 1997. In April of 1999, Dr. Courchene was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada. Most recently, he was awarded the 1999 Molson Prize in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

A prolific author on Canadian economic policy, Dr. Courchene has written more than 250 books and articles on Canadian policy issues. His 1998 book, From Heartland to North American Region State: The Social, Fiscal and Federal Evolution of Ontario won the inaugural Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian Public Policy. His on-going research interests include, in addition to the above areas, financial deregulation, the political economy of Canadian federalism, and comparative federal systems.

This inaugural special event is intended to be an annual lecture that reflects retired Professor Harry Kitchen’s strong research commitment to economic policy in Canada. “Our goal each year is to invite an economist who has made significant contributions to economic policy in this country through the use of sound economic analysis,” explained Professor Torben Drewes, chair of the economics department. “In addition to being an opportunity to engage both the Trent and public communities, it is hoped that this event will evolve into an annual reunion for our past graduates as well.”

The lecture is open to all and admission is free.


For further information, please contact:

Professor Torben Drewes, chair, Department of Economics, Trent University at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7545