News Release: December 6, 2013

SASKATOON – Dr. Gregory P. Marchildon from the University of Regina was awarded the 2013 Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Achievement Award last night, selected by SHRF’s expert review panel in a competitive nomination process. Dr. Marchildon has made major contributions to health policy and economics, as well as health services research and history. He has forged a reputation as a leading researcher and commentator on system performance and quality improvement provincially, nationally, and internationally. The award was announced last night in Saskatoon at SHRF’s annual Santé! Awards Evening, a celebration of Saskatchewan health research successes.

“Dr. Marchildon has made outstanding contributions to Saskatchewan’s health research enterprise and to understanding the complexities of our health system,” said June Bold, Chief Executive Officer of SHRF. “His knowledge and expertise in law, history, economics, and policy has provided all of us with unique insights  about the health care that’s so important to all Canadians.”

Dr. Marchildon began his academic career with studies in law and economics, and after practicing law in Saskatchewan for several years, completed doctoral studies at the London School of Economics, before going on to teach economic history and Canadian studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Returning to Saskatchewan in 1994, Dr. Marchildon played an instrumental role in establishing the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy. He authored and advocated for the policy that created Saskatchewan’s Cree courts in northern Saskatchewan, in which indigenous languages became the languages of the court. In 2001, as Executive Director of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, Dr. Marchildon managed this major federal-provincial consultation and research initiative and was the lead writer in preparing the final report – Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada.

Dr. Marchildon was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History at the University of Regina in 2003. His research focuses on: comparative health systems studies; historical research on Canadian Medicare; and measuring the effectiveness of health care systems. He is also very committed to student training in health services and health systems and, in 2009, was appointed site director for the Western Regional Training Centre in Health Services Research at the University of Regina. He joined the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre’s team in 2012 and has been successful in attracting significant provincial and national funding for research about the health of Aboriginal youth.
Dr. Marchildon is currently President of the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Previously, he was a member and then Chair of SHRF’s Board for three years and a Mentor for the Trudeau Foundation. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation is the provincial agency that funds, facilitates and promotes health research in Saskatchewan. SHRF works in partnership with other organizations locally, provincially, and nationally to foster leading-edge research and innovation that leads to better health, better care, and other social and economic benefits.

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