Pierre‐Gerlier FOREST, PhD, FCAHS Professor and Director Institute for Health and Social Policy Johns Hopkins University Pierre‐Gerlier (PG) Forest is currently the director of Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Health and Social Policy, at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Institute has been established to explore the interaction between health and other areas of social policy, to expand our understanding of human health and wellbeing and to generate evidence and insights that inform and influence decision‐making. The Institute also houses an internationally acclaimed Master in Public Policy program, reputed for training students with outstanding analytic skills and the creativity to find politically feasible, socially desirable, and economically sustainable solutions to policy challenges.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, from 2006 to 2013, PG Forest was the president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. As President of the Foundation, PG Forest oversaw a $151 million endowment and provided intellectual leadership to an active community comprising some 200 fellows, scholars and mentors. In 2003, after serving as director of research for the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow Commission), PG Forest was appointed to the G.D.W. Cameron Visiting Chair (2003) with Health Canada, the federal department of health, before becoming Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Scientist (2004‐2006).
Dr. Forest spent the first part of his academic career at Universite Laval, in Quebec City, where he was professor of policy analysis and public administration with the department of political science (1990–2007). He is the author of more than a hundred and fifty scientific papers and books, including, notably, Changing Health Care in Canada (Toronto, 2004) and Paradigm Freeze (Toronto, 2013).
PG Forest obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science at Universite Laval (1984) and a PhD. in History and Socio‐Politics of Science at Universite de Montreal (1989). In the years following his post‐doctoral studies (Manchester Business School), several governments and numerous organizations have called on his expertise, particularly in the areas of public policy renewal, health system reform and knowledge management. A reputed public speaker, PG Forest is regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches at high‐profile domestic and international gatherings.