September 26, 2018

Donald J. Savoie, First Winner of the Yvan Allaire Medal in Governance

Montreal, September 26, 2018 — The Royal Society of Canada has awarded the first Yvan Allaire Medal in Governance to M. Donald J. Savoie, OC, ONB, FRSC, D.Phil., D. ès L., professor and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at the Université de Moncton.

This medal, along with a $5,000 prize, recognizes a distinguished contribution in the area of governance in Canada. It is named for Professor Yvan Allaire, FRSC, executive chair of IGOPP, in honour of his remarkable role, through his writings as well as the co-founder of the Institute on Governance, in the field of strategy and governance in Quebec and in Canada over the last 30 years.

Professor Savoie’s contributions in the field of governance in the public sector have been widely recognized. His scholarly publications have won awards in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has acted as a governance advisor to the United Nations, the OECD, the World Bank and the governments of several countries, including Russia and China. An Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he won the Killam Prize in Social Sciences in 2015 and received eight honorary doctorates from Canadian universities as well as a doctorate in letters from Oxford University.

Created in 2005 with the financial support of the Stephen Jarislowsky Foundation, the Autorité des marchés financiers and two academic institutions (HEC Montréal and Concordia University), the Institute for Governance (IGOPP) has become a Center of Excellence for Governance. Through its research activities, its training programs, its policy papers and its participation in public debates, IGOPP has established itself as a key think tank on governance matters in both the private and the public sectors.

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) comprises established leaders across the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences as well as emerging leaders in The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The object of the RSC is to serve Canada and the world by recognizing Canada’s leading scientists, scholars, and artists, and mobilizing them in open discussion to advance knowledge and understanding of critical issues with a view toward contributing to a better future.

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