PEP pioneers: Jean-Yves Duclos

October 2022

Highlighting the contributions of the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos to PEP, who helped found the organization in 2002.

The success of PEP has been a collective effort. In recognition, we are publishing a series of articles spotlighting the dedicated people who have contributed to PEP's development and how their contributions have enabled us to support locally-led development in the Global South for over 20 years.

Jean-Yves Duclos

The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, currently the Minister of Health of Canada, was part of the core PEP team at Université Laval that participated in the launch of the PEP network. Together with John CockburnBernard Decaluwé and Sonia Moreau, Jean-Yves founded the organization in 2002 and helped shape its growth since its inception.

In collaboration with Bernard and Louis-Marie Asselin, Jean-Yves coordinated the scientific support provided by Université Laval's economics department to PEP's predecessor, the IDRC's Micro Impacts for Macro and Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) programme.

Prior to serving as a member of parliament for Quebec, he headed PEP's microeconomic analysis program for its first twelve years.

In addition to Jean-Yves and Bernard, several other Laval professors have contributed to the development of PEP as mentors, trainers and reviewers over the years: Sylvain Dessy (current co-director of PEP's microeconomic analysis group), Guy LacroixBruno Larue, Benoît Carmichael, Kevin Moran, Markus Herrmann, Bruce Shearer.

Jean-Yves Duclos headshot

"The PEP network is a great example of the power of the alliance between science and public policy to lead to a more just, prosperous and sustainable society. 

PEP has been demonstrating for 20 years now how good public policy making can benefit from reliable and local studies on education, health, consumption, income or work, to name but a few key indicators for human development. But PEP is also an example of the power of linking scientists and policy makers, research and decision making, and of the value of investing in the succession and diversity of the research and governance community. 

To have been able to be at the beginning of PEP and to have helped PEP grow during its first 13 years are certainly among the greatest joys and privileges of my career as a trainer and researcher. Moreover, PEP continues to inspire me in my functions since 2015 as a decision-maker within the Canadian government: our social, economic and sustainable development needs local, participatory and inclusive research here in Canada.

Congratulations and long live PEP and its great and beautiful community!"

— Jean-Yves Duclos

 

Original quote, in French:

« Le réseau PEP est un formidable exemple de la puissance de l’alliance entre la science et les politiques publiques pour mener à une société plus juste, plus prospère et plus durable. 

PEP démontre depuis 20 ans maintenant comment l’élaboration de bonnes politiques publiques peut profiter d’études fiables et locales sur l’éducation, la santé, la consommation, le revenu ou le travail, pour ne citer que quelques indicateurs clés pour le développement humain. Mais PEP est aussi un exemple de la puissance de relier les scientifiques et les décideurs, la recherche et la prise de décision, et de l’utilité d’investir dans la relève et la diversité du monde de la recherche et de la gouvernance. 

To have been able to be at the beginning of PEP and to have been able to help PEP grow during its first 13 years are certainly among the greatest joys and privileges of my career as a trainer and researcher. In addition, PEP continues to inspire me in my role since 2015 as a decision-maker in the Canadian government: our social, economic and sustainable development needs local, participatory and inclusive research here in Canada as well.

Congratulations and long life to PEP and its great and beautiful community! » 

 

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