Dr. Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest is currently the Director and Palmer Chair for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2016, PG Forest was the director of the Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Health and Social Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Forest was President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a Canadian institution supporting policy innovation and the dissemination of actionable research results. After his appointment in 2006, he has drawn on his wide network of senior-level contacts in the public and private sector and within the academic community for fundraising and to support the Foundation’s engagement in such diverse areas as social policy, immigration, democratic reform, and Canada’s energy future.
In 2003, Dr. Forest was appointed to the G.D.W. Cameron Visiting Chair with Health Canada, Federal Department of Health, before becoming Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Scientist (2004-2006). As the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Minister of Health, Dr. Forest was accountable for the quality and integrity of the scientific and regulatory research conducted by the department. Dr. Forest was also one of the architects of the Public Health Agency of Canada, established in 2004 to provide a national focal point for public health leadership, policy and planning at the national level.
In 2001, Dr. Forest was appointed to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. As Director of Research, Dr. Forest was responsible for the evidence produced and used by the Commission and contributed directly to its publications, including the final report and recommendations.
Dr. Forest started his academic career in 1986 at Université de Montreal, as a lecturer with the Department of Health Administration. In 1990, he joined the Department of Political Science of Université Laval, where he taught public management and social policy.
Dr. Forest is author or co-author of more than a hundred and fifty scientific papers and books; among others, notably: Changing Health Care in Canada (Toronto, 2004) and Paradigm Freeze (Toronto, 2013). Dr. Forest holds adjunct professorships with the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montreal and the National School for Public Administration (Quebec). He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2008.