James M. Gillies
HSE Honorary Professor since September 29, 2006.
Born in 1924, James M Gillies received his BA from the University of Western Ontario and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1944 during World War II. He continued his education in the U.S., receiving his MA from Brown University and his PhD from Indiana University at Bloomington. He joined the faculty of University of California, LA, in 1951 and then in 1965 he returned to Canada where he was made the first dean of York University's Faculty of Administrative Studies, now named the Schulich School of Business, in Toronto. He was elected to the Canadian Parliament where he served from 19721979 and served as a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister from 1979-1980.
He was named Professor Emeritus of the Schulich School of Business and Honorary Doctor of the University of York. He is an Honorary Citizen of Canada.
Professor Gillies has made a great contribution to the partnership between the University of York and the HSE and to Canada-Russia relations in the field of business education.