OTTAWA, July 29, 2013 — The University of Ottawa is pleased to announce that Kevin Page has been named to the Jean-Luc Pépin Research Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
In March 2008, after an illustrious 27-year career as a public servant in various federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Finance, the Treasury Board Secretariat, and the Office of the Privy Council, Kevin Page became Canada’s first ever Parliamentary Budget Officer. His appointment to this position ended in March 2013.
“We are thrilled that someone as remarkable as Kevin Page has joined our research team,” stated University of Ottawa president and vice-chancellor Allan Rock. “His experience in the federal public service will be a major asset in developing the public finance and governance projects we have planned.”
The Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair on Canadian Government is dedicated to research on Canadian political institutions and their transformation in response to the changing conditions and practices of contemporary democratic governance. This endowed research chair is named in honour of Jean-Luc Pepin, a respected politician and political scientist who was a professor at the University of Ottawa.
During the upcoming academic year, Kevin Page will teach two courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences: one in economics and the other in public administration. He also intends to work towards the creation of a new institute dedicated to public finance issues.
“Kevin Page’s experience and professional career complement two of our Schools, namely the Department of Economics and the School of Political Studies,” said Marcel Mérette, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “The research projects that Mr. Page intends to pursue will surely interest several of our professors, and we anticipate that future joint projects between Mr. Page and Faculty researchers will prove to be very rewarding. In addition, his membership among the ranks of our teaching staff will allow us to continue to provide our students with an unparalleled level of experiential learning.”
“For me, having an opportunity to work at a great and historic university in Canada, the University of Ottawa, and the privilege of teaching the next generation of leaders, is a dream come true,” said Kevin Page. “Being named the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair on Canadian Government is a humbling experience. Jean-Luc Pepin was a highly respected and well known cabinet minister in Canada. He was a much-loved professor at the University of Ottawa.”
Kevin Page has been appointed to the Jean-Luc-Pepin Research Chair for a three-year term ending on June 30, 2016.
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