A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 1994, Robert Lacroix is Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Rector of the Université de Montréal.
Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Louvain, his research interests are the economics of labour and human resources, the organization of work within firms and the impact of organizational patterns on employee performance, and the economics of scientific progress and innovation.
Robert Lacroix was Professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal from 1970 to 2006. He held various positions at the Université de Montréal, including that of Director of the Department of Economics and Director of the Centre of Research in the Economics of Development (CRDE). From 1987 to 1993, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University, and from 1994 to 1998 he was President, CEO and Co-Founder of CIRANO. Robert Lacroix was Rector of the Université de Montréal from June 1998 to May 2005. He was appointed Emeritus Professor of the Université de Montréal in May 2006 and first Emeritus Rector of this institution in May 2011.
Robert Lacroix was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (President 2001-2003), President of the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (2003-2005), Member of the Boards of École Polytechnique, HEC-Montréal, Member and Chair of the Board of the Canada-United States Educational Exchange Foundation (Fulbright Program), Founding Board Member of the Trudeau Foundation, Board Member of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and Member of the National Council of Statistics.
In 2005-06 he was a member of the Equalization Expert Group of the Federal Government. From 2007 to 2011, he was a member of the Public Service Advisory Committee appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada. His economic expertise and experience in managing a large organization have led him to sit on the boards of major companies including Industrial Alliance, CAE, Jean Coutu Group and Pomerleau inc.
Robert Lacroix is the author numerous books, book chapters, scientific articles and research reports in labor economics and human resources as well as in economics of technical progress and innovation. His last two books were finalists in the 2010 Donner Prize (Le CHUM, une tragédie québécoise, Boréal) and the Donner Prize 2015 (Les grandes universités de recherche, Presses de l’Université de Montréal / Leading Research Univrsities in a Competitive World, McGill-Queen's University Press).
He is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the National Order of Quebec, an Officer of the Order of Academic Palms of France and a Member of the Royal Society of Canada.
In 2001, he received the Outstanding Career Award from the National Policy Research Initiative (Ottawa), and in 2002, was named a member of the Academy of Great Montrealers and received the Government of Quebec's Armand-Frappier Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the area of administration and promotion of research.
He holds an honorary doctorate from Lumière University Lyon 2, McGill University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of British Columbia and the University of Ottawa.