Dr. Peter Nicholson retired as founding President of the Council of Canadian Academies in December 2009.The Council — a not-for-profit organization — supports studies by independent experts on issues of public importance.
Dr. Nicholson is a native of Nova Scotia and received degrees in physics from Dalhousie (1965) and a PhD in operations research from Stanford University in California (1969). His varied career has included senior positions in academia (University of Minnesota); business (fisheries, banking and telecommunications); and public service (several federal government departments and the OECD in Paris). Dr. Nicholson was the chief policy advisor to Prime Minister Martin from 2003 to 2006 before assuming the presidency of the Council of Canadian Academies. He has has received honorary degrees from Dalhousie, Acadia, the University of Quebec and McMaster. He is a Member of the Order of Canada awarded in recognition of his contributions to business and public policy.