Gordon Laxer is the founding Director and former head of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Parkland is a non-corporate, research institute that does public policy research to serve the public interest. The Globe and Mail called it Alberta’s ‘unofficial opposition’.
Gordon is a Political Economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. He is the author or editor of five books, including Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada (Oxford Univ Press), which received the John Porter Award for best book written about Canada. He has published over 40 journal articles and refereed book chapters and reports.
Gordon was the Principal Investigator of a $1.9 million research project: Neoliberal Globalism and its Challengers: Reclaiming the Commons in the Semi-periphery (2000-2006).
Gordon is a socially-engaged, public intellectual. His op eds have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Edmonton Journal, the Calgary Herald, the Montreal Gazette, the Hill Times, the Saint John Chronicle Herald, the St. John’s Telegram, Canadian Dimension, and other publications. He has been interviewed a number of times on venues such as the CBC’s The Current, As it Happens, and the House. He served on the board of the Council of Canadians from 2004 to 2009.