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Emeritus Professor of Economics, Université du Québec à Montréal

PhD (Economics), University of California at Berkeley

MA (Mathematics), Université de Montréal

BA (Mathematics), Université Laval

BA, Collège des Jésuites de Québec


Pierre Fortin is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Quebec at Montreal, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, and past president of the Canadian Economics Association. He has published widely in Canada and abroad, mainly in the areas of economic growth and fluctuations, labour markets, and monetary, fiscal and social policies. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada, the Prize of the French Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science, the Douglas Purvis Memorial Prize (best publication on Canadian economic policy), four times the Gold Medal of the National Magazine Awards Foundation (best regular column in a Canadian magazine), and the titles of knight of the National Order of Quebec and commander of the Order of Montreal. In 1995, he was cited as “the most distinguished Quebec economist” of the decade by membership vote of the Quebec Association of Professional Economists (ASDEQ). He has been an adviser to a Minister of Finance of Canada and chief economic adviser to a Quebec Premier. He holds baccalaureates in classical humanities and mathematics (BA and BSc Laval), a master in mathematics (MSc Montreal) and a doctorate in economics (PhD California at Berkeley). He is a father of five children.