CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Program
The CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Program actively engages renowned scholars in The Conference Board of Canada’s advanced research programs, where they will conduct research on issues of national importance that will contribute to improving Canada’s future.
Each Research Chair will be an academic who is at home in a policy and research environment and who possesses an outstanding record of research on public policy, economic, or organizational performance issues of national importance to Canadians.
2011–12 CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Research Chair
Since September 2005, the CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Research Program has funded scholars to carry out research on issues of national importance. This year’s CIBC Scholar-in-Residence Research Chair is André Picard. His topic is “The Path to Health Care Reform: Policy and Politics.”
André Picard is one of Canada's top public policy writers and a distinguished public health reporter at The Globe and Mail. He is the author of the best-selling books Critical Care: Canadian Nurses Speak for Change and The Gift of Death: Confronting Canada’s Tainted-Blood Tragedy, and of the special report A Call to Alms: The New Face of Charity in Canada.
André has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism, the Canadian Policy Research Award, and the Atkinson Fellowship for Public Policy Research. In 2002, he received the Centennial Prize of the Pan American Health Organization as the top public health reporter in the Americas. In 2005, he was named Canada's first Public Health Hero by the Canadian Public Health Association, and in 2007 he was honoured as a Champion of Mental Health.
He is also a four-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards—Canada’s Pulitzer Prize. He has been the recipient of the Canadian Nurses Association Award of Excellence for Health Care Reporting, the Nursing in the Media Award of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, the International Media Prize of Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society), and the Science and Society Book Prize.
By financially supporting the Scholar-in-Residence Program, CIBC continues its tradition of advancing research and dialogue on issues of national and global importance.