Gilles Paquet was Professor Emeritus at the Telfer School of Management and at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He was also associated to the consulting firm INVENIRE, and animateur of LA MAISON GOUVERNANCE.
He was President of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC - The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada) for a two-year term (2003-2005). He received honorary doctorates from the oldest Canadian university (Université Laval) and from the youngest (Thompson Rivers University) in 2005. In 2006, he received the Public Service Citation 2006 from the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada, an honorary doctorate from Queen's University, and he was named Lifetime Member of the Canadian Economics Association in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Association. In 2007, he was made an Honorary Member of the Association des économistes québécois - an honor bestowed on half a dozen persons over the last thirty years. He also chaired the Panel charged with the National Capital Commission Mandate Review that tabled its report in December 2006. In 2015, he received an honorary doctorate from Carleton University in Ottawa.
For some 18 years, he taught economics at Carleton University where he also was Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in the 1970s. From 1981 to 1988, he was Dean of the Faculty of Administration (now Telfer School of Management) at the University of Ottawa, and in 1997, he became the Founding Director of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa.
Professor Paquet has authored or edited over 60 books and written over 500 reports, scientific papers or chapters in books on issues pertaining to the economic history of Canada, urban and regional studies, industrial organization, public management, knowledge management, and governance; he has also authored hundreds of papers in a variety of magazines and newspapers.
He was President of the Social Sciences Federation of Canada as well as of a number of other Canadian and Quebec associations. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Economics Association from 1967 to 1981. In 1982, Gilles Paquet was awarded the Jacques-Rousseau medal in recognition of important contributions to research of a multidisciplinary nature, and in 1989 the Esdras-Minville medal for the corpus of his work in social sciences. He was made a Member of the Royal Society of Arts in 1989, and a member of the Order of Canada in 1992.
Gilles Paquet has been active as a journalist on the radio and television network of Radio-Canada since the 1970s, as an editorial writer for some 5 years in the print media in the 1990s, and as a regular commentator on national affairs on TV Ontario from 1995 to 2006. He has also been the Editor in Chief of www.optimumonline.ca -- a journal of public sector management and governance that reaches over 10,000 subscribers -- since 1994.
Gilles Paquet had a special interest in administrative pathologies and subversion, and was an ironist.
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