Dr. Peter Nicholson was the inaugural president of the Council of Canadian Academies from February 2006 through December 2009. The Council supports expert panels that assess the science that is relevant to issues of public importance. The Council’s reports include a major analysis of innovation in Canada entitled “Innovation and Business Strategy: Why Canada Falls Short.”
From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Nicholson was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Prior to that he was Special Advisor to the Secretary-general of the OECD. Dr. Nicholson’s varied career has included senior executive positions in the banking and telecommunications industries, as well as a number of public service positions including Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with Finance Canada (1994-95). Dr. Nicholson is a Member of the Order of Canada.