Peter Nicholson C.M. is the chair of this year’s jury. He has served in numerous posts in government, business, science and higher education. He was born in Halifax and studied physics at Dalhousie University, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He went on to get a PhD in operations research at Stanford University and began his academic career by teaching computer science at the University of Minnesota. Nicholson was a member of the Nova Scotia Legislature and has served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister. He has also held senior executive positions with Scotiabank and BCE, was the Special Advisor to the Secretary-general of the Oganization for Economic Co-operation and Development and was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Canadian Academies. He currently splits his time between the Anapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, and Austin, Texas.
Eva Busza is Vice-President, Research and Programs, at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining the foundation, she was Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She has over fifteen years’ experience working with government, business, and civil society throughout Asia Pacific. Ms. Busza holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary, she has been a research fellow at several universities and institutes including: Columbia University, George Washington University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution, and the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University.
Jean-Marie Dufour, O.C. and O.Q is the William Dow Professor of Political Economy at McGill University, and Fellow of both the Econometric Society and the American Statistical Association. He is also a Bank of Canada Research Fellow, Director of the Canadian Econometric Study Group, and Research Fellow at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO) and the Center for Interuniversity Research on Quantitative Economics (CIREQ). Dr. Dufour has served as President of the Canadian Economics Association and the Société canadienne de science économique.
Jennifer A. Jeffs, a foreign policy professional, is a Senior Research Associate with the Creating Digital Opportunity Project at Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and co-chairs the international editorial board of International Journal, Canada’s premier global policy journal. Dr. Jeffs is the former President of the Canadian International Council (CIC), Canada’s independent, non-partisan, international affairs institute and Founding Director of the Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos (CEPI), based at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, where she was also a professor in the Department of International Studies.
Donald J. Savoie O.C., O.N.B., F.R.S.C. holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Public Administration and Governance at the Université de Moncton. He has published extensively on public administration and public policy and his work has won prizes in Europe, the United States and Canada, including the 2015 Donner Prize. He has been awarded seven honorary degrees from Canadian universities, the Vanier Medal (1999), the Trudeau Prize (2004) and the Killam Prize in Social Sciences (2015). He was elected a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College Oxford and was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Harvard and Duke Universities. He has also served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association.