In July, John Greenwood will be stepping down from his position as Executive Director after almost 11 years with SRDC. The new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer will be Jean-Pierre Voyer. For the past four years, Mr. Voyer has been the Executive Director of the Policy Research Initiative, an organization attached to the Privy Council Office and responsible for conducting research on cross-cutting social, economic, and environmental issues in support of the Government of Canada’s medium-term policy agenda. During his career, Mr. Voyer has held positions in the Department of Finance, the National Union of Government Employees, the Regional and Economic Development Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, and the Economic Council of Canada. From 1994 to 2000 he was Director General of the Applied Research Branch at Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), which covered a wide spectrum of labour market and social policy issues and provided direction and financial support for large surveys relevant to HRDC’s mandate.
Mr. Voyer has represented Canada on numerous occasions at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and at other international meetings. He was Chairman of the OECD Education, Labour and Social Affairs Committee from 1998 to 2000. He currently sits on the research advisory committees of several research projects and organizations, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University of Ottawa, and Human Resources and Social Development Canada. He is also no stranger to SRDC: between 2000 and 2002 Mr. Voyer served as SRDC’s Deputy Executive Director. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Queen’s University and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Université de Montréal.