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Professor Jean-Thomas Bernard wins the Gérard Parizeau Award

Thursday October 9, 2014

HEC Montréal is pleased to announce that the 14th annual Gérard Parizeau Award is to be presented to economist Jean-Thomas Bernard, a visiting professor with the Economics Department of the University of Ottawa.

This prestigious award, along with a cash prize of $30,000, is a tribute to Professor Bernard’s exceptional contribution in the area of natural resources management, specifically in the energy field.

As winner of the Gérard Parizeau Award, Professor Bernard gave a public lecture on electricity rates and nationalization in 1962. He discussed the main considerations involved in setting electricity rates, as well as the goals of the nationalization of electricity in Quebec and its significant impact on rates in the province, in particular in terms of the standardization of rates throughout the province and the use of electricity rates to attract industries.

About Jean-Thomas Bernard

Professor Bernard holds a BA in Economics from the University of Ottawa (1968) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1973). He began his career at Queen’s University, in Kingston, where he was a professor from 1973 to 1976. Then, from 1976 to 2011, he taught at Université Laval, where he held the Chair in Electricity Economics from 1999 to 2008.

Today he is a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia (1980-1981), a Research Fellow at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University (1987-1988), a visiting professor at Cornell University, where he was a Fulbright Foundation Fellow (1994-1995) and a Gilbert F. White Research Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), in Washington (2001-2002). 

Professor Bernard has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 2009. He was named personality of the year in 2010 by the Collège Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière alumni association and has been an honorary member of the Association des économistes québécois (ASDEQ) since 2013. He specializes in the economics of natural resources and energy, and has published over 100 papers in these fields.

The Gérard Parizeau Fund and Award

The Gérard Parizeau Fund was created in 2000 as a tribute to Gérard Parizeau, an outstanding figure in the Quebec insurance industry.

The Fund presents the Gérard Parizeau Award to researchers, professors or other leading lights in the field of management and economics and those in the field of history, in recognition of the value and originality of their thinking and their work.

The winner is chosen by a nine-member jury, consisting of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the Université de Montréal, a representative of the Director of HEC Montréal, three members of the Parizeau family and four academic experts and practitioners. The annual award is presented alternately by HEC Montréal and the Université de Montréal.

About HEC Montréal

HEC Montréal is an internationally renowned French-language business school, with over 12,000 students. Every year it trains more than 7,000 executives and managers. The School holds many prestigious accreditations, and offers some 40 programs of study from the bachelor’s to doctoral levels. It is one of the most active business schools in Canada in terms of research, thanks to some fifty research units, including 26 chairs (7 of them Canada Research Chairs). With a faculty of 264, HEC Montréal offers programs in several languages and attracts students from nearly 140 countries. Since its founding in 1907, the School has trained more than 73,000 students in all fields of management. | Facebook | Twitter|LinkedIn




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