Former National Affairs Columnist for The Globe and Mail
Jeffrey Simpson is the most decorated journalist in Canada. An Officer of the Order of Canada, he also received seven honorary doctorates and numerous national writing awards, including the Governor-General’s Prize and the Donner Prize for the best book on public policy, the National Newspaper Award (twice) and the National Magazine Award. He also won the Hyman Soloman Award for public policy journalism, the Arthur Kroeger Award for contributions to public policy, and the Charles Lynch prize for coverage of national politics.
For 32 years, Simpson’s national affairs column in The Globe and Mail was essential reading for decision-makers and informed Canadians across the country. In that column, and in hundreds of public speeches and lectures, he ranged over an enormous number of domestic and international issues, from politics to health-care, from climate-change to economic and fiscal policy, to Canadian-American relations and the Middle East. In addition to making presentations at conferences here and abroad, he moderated many conferences. He retired from column-writing at The Globe and Mail in mid-2016, but continues to lecture and speak on many of the leading issues of the day.
He has written eight books, including Hot Air: Meeting Canada's Climate Change Challege, numerous magazine articles, appeared regularly on television in English and French, and was a guest lecturer at such universities as Oxford, Edinburgh, Harvard, Princeton, Brigham Young, California and more than a dozen universities in Canada. He has been a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California; a Skelton-Clark Fellow and Brockington Visitor at Queen’s university; a distinguished visitor at the University of Alberta; and a member of the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar.
He has been a member of the board of trustees of Queen’s University, the board of overseers of Green, College, University of British Columbia; the advisory councils of the Robarts Medical Research Institute and the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western university; and the editorial board of the Queen’s Quarterly. He was vice-chairman of the City of Ottawa Library Board and was awarded the William Watkinson Award for outstanding contributions to the Canadian library community.
Simpson has taught as an adjunct professor at the Queen’s University Institute of Policy Studies and the University of Ottawa Law School. He is senior fellow at the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He was a juror for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction books in 2008 and for the Cundill Prize for history in 2011 and 2012. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.
Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health Care System Needs to Be Dragged Into the 21st Century
Not many people these days are talking sense about health care. Canadians are in love with Medicare, but they don't realize that we spend in the top rank for health care among industrial countries--only to get middling results. While this gap widens between spending and performance, we shovel so much extra money into health care that everything else suffers: education, social services, transport, environment. In this insightful talk, Jefferey Simpson taps into new research to explain the history of Medicare, indicate how it compares internationally, illustrate what it's doing to public finances, and debunk some half-baked ideas for reforming it. Simpson also suggests some big, but doable changes that might achieve our two most important objectives: improve quality and reduce the increase in health care expenses.
Politics, Power & Personalities: Who Really Calls The Shots In Canada
In his talks, Simpson gives you an insider's look at politics and the people who wield the real power in Canada. He goes beyond the political to look at business leaders and others whose actions influence policy and legislation across the country-- whose actions, by extension, impact your life, your business and your strategy. Giving you valuable insight into the power brokers, Simpson helps you focus in on the key players and events that will create the context for the future of your industry-- and shows you how to react accordingly. It's a glimpse into an important world you may have known existed, but which you never fully understood. Until now.
Hot Air: Meeting Canada's Climate Challenge
While many keynotes on climate change are either terrifying, academic, or advocate only a single solution, Jeffrey Simpson's is different. Outlining, first, how we have been betrayed by our politicians, corporations, even environmentalists, he lays out, in convincing and accessible terms, the few simple policies that Canada must adopt right now. Backed with examples from countries successfully addressing the issue, he shows how these policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can be designed to have minimal negative effects, and why these are the only policies that will work.
Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century
Medicare is the third rail of Canadian politics. Touch it and you die. Every politician knows this truism, which is why no one wants to debate it. Privately, many of them understand that the health care system, which costs about $200 billion a year in public and private money, cannot continue as it is—increasingly ill-adapted to an aging population with public costs growing faster than government revenues.
In Chronic Condition, Jeffrey Simpson meets health care head on and explores the only four options we have to end this growing crisis: cuts in spending, tax increases, privatization, and reaping savings through increased efficiency. He examines the tenets of the Medicare system that Canadians cling to so passionately. Here, he finds that many other countries have more extensive public health systems, and Canadian health care produces only average value for money.
In fact, our rigid system for some health care needs and a costly system for other needs—drugs, dentistry, and home care—is really the worst of both worlds. Chronic Condition breaks the silence about the huge changes and real choices that Canadians face.
Hot Air: Meeting Canada's Climate Change Challenge
Here’s a clear, believable book for Canadians concerned about our situation — and it offers a solution.
It’s a brilliant mix. To "Canada’s best mind on the environment," Mark Jaccard, who won the 2006 Donner Prize for an academic book in this area, you add Nic Rivers, a researcher who works with him at Simon Fraser University. Then you add Jeffrey Simpson, the highly respected Globe and Mail columnist, to punch the message home in a clear, hard-hitting way. The result is a unique book.
Most other books on energy and climate change are: (a) terrifying or (b) academic or (c) quirky, advocating a single, neat solution like solar or wind power.
This book is different. It starts with an alarming description of the climate threat to our country. Then it shifts to an alarming description of how Canadians have been betrayed by their politicians ("We’re working on it!"), their industrialists ("Things aren’t that bad, really, and voluntary guidelines will be good enough."), and even their environmentalists ("Energy efficiency can be profitable, and people can change their lifestyles!") All of this, of course, reinforces the myths that forceful policies are not needed.
Hot Air then lays out in convincing and easily understandable terms the few simple policies that Canada must adopt right away in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. It even shows how these policies can be designed to have minimal negative effects.
With evidence from other countries that are successfully addressing climate change, Hot Air shows why these are the only policies that will work — and why this is a matter of life and death for all of us.