Pierre Fortin

Pierre Fortin

2011 Scientific Scientific

Pierre Fortin is one of the most well-known economists in Quebec, equally in academic, political and media circles and with the public in general. An accomplished professor and researcher, he is a man of conviction who uses his knowledge and talents to enhance the well-being of the public.

Emeritus professor in economics at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Dr. Fortin holds a doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s in mathematics from the Université de Montréal, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Université Laval and a bachelor of arts in classical humanities from the Collège des Jésuites de Québec.  

The recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal, he is the author of around a dozen books and some 200 articles that have appeared in scientific journals and texts in Canada and abroad. His main fields of research include economic growth, monetary and budgetary policy, social policy and the economies of Canada and Quebec. 

Dr. Fortin is interested in practical applications of his research and is the author or co-author of some 40 studies and reports for public and private organizations in Canada, as well as having led a number of government task forces. During the 1980s, he was a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Minister of Finance of Canada and chief economic advisor to the Premier of Quebec. More recently, he was part of the Advisory Committee on Economy and Public Finance to the Minister of Finance of Quebec (2009-2010). Very much involved in the community, Dr. Fortin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, associate researcher at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les politiques économiques et l’emploi (CIRPÉE) and the C.D. Howe Institute, a researcher affiliated with Analysis Group and a director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) and the Centre for the Study of Living Standards. He was associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics, director of L’Actualité économique and president of the Société canadienne-française de science économique (SCSE) and the Canadian Economics Association (CEA). He was also a member of the social trends committee of the Assemblée des évêques du Québec from 1990 to 2005. Skilled at conveying difficult concepts to laypeople, Mr. Fortin has often helped explain economic phenomena in the media. His column on the economy published for the past ten years in the magazine L’actualité earned him Gold at the National Magazine Awards in 2004 and 2008 as the author of “the best regular column in a Canadian magazine,” as well as the Grand Prix of the Association québécoise des éditeurs de magazines (“editorial: analysis, opinion, essay” category) in 2009 and 2010. 

His talents as an educator are much appreciated by his students. Dr. Fortin’s door is always open, and he has taught both introductory courses and graduate-level courses, supervising the work of students at the master’s and doctoral level. UQAM’s management alumni association, the Association des diplômés en gestion, awarded him its Performance award in 2002, recognizing his excellence in teaching.  

Dr. Fortin’s work, involvement and contribution have been recognized many times over. In 1995, the Association des économistes québécois (ASDEQ) named him the most renowned Quebec economist of the past decade. In 1997, he received the Douglas-Purvis Memorial Prize for his outstanding contribution to Canadian political economy. In 2003, the Quebec branch of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Manufacturiers et exportateurs du Québec, honoured him for his outstanding contribution to the advance of the manufacturing and export sector.  

Dr. Fortin’s involvement in teaching, research and service to the community has inspired an entire generation of decision-makers, who count him as one of their role models.