Paul Boothe was appointed Professor and Director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University in September 2012. His varied career has included university research and teaching, acting as an independent consultant to Canadian and international organizations, and serving at the deputy minister level in provincial and federal governments.
Dr. Boothe was trained in economics at Western (Hons BA) and UBC (PhD). He was appointed to the faculty of the University of Alberta in 1984. He has authored more than 70 publications in the areas of macroeconomics, international finance, debt management and public finance.
As an independent consultant, Dr. Boothe has worked with a wide range of Canadian and international clients in the areas of monetary and fiscal policy as well as public sector management. Key clients have included the Federal Department of Finance and the Auditor General of Canada on debt management, and the Government of Alberta on deficit reduction and business planning and performance management. Internationally, he has worked with the Government of Nigeria on debt management issues, with the UN on fiscal issues in Iraq, and with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the World Bank on management training for government officials in Russia, Pakistan, and numerous African countries.
Dr. Boothe began his public service career at the Bank of Canada where he worked as an economist in the Special Studies Division of the International Department from 1981-1984. After his time at the Bank and 15 years as a university professor, he was recruited in 1999 to become Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary of Treasury Board for Saskatchewan. During his two-year assignment as DM he focused on improving the financial health of the province. Notable achievements included two balanced budgets and three credit rating upgrades for the province and the introduction of fundamental personal tax reform.
In 2004, Dr. Boothe joined the federal public service as Associate Deputy Minister of Finance and G7 and G20 Deputy for Canada. He held primary responsibility for the International and Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy branches of the department. He represented Canada in meetings of the G7, G20, IMF, OECD and the Financial Stability Forum and served on the board of directors of Export Development Canada.
Dr. Boothe was appointed Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Industry in 2007. As Director of Investments for the Investment Canada Act (ICA), he was responsible for the administration of the ICA and for advice to the Minister of Industry related to ICA decisions. In addition to his regular deputy ministerial responsibilities, Dr. Boothe acted as Canada’s lead negotiator on the restructuring of Chrysler, General Motors and Air Canada. He also represented the Government of Canada in negotiations related to the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline.
In 2010, Dr Boothe was named Deputy Minister of the Environment where he provided management and policy oversight of the department of more than 6,000 staff located in 100 communities across Canada. He co-chaired the DM Committee on Energy and the Environment, and was a member of the Continuing Committee of Deputy Ministers that provides policy advice to the Clerk of the Privy Council. He retired from the federal public service in 2012.