For his contributions to Canadian international trade policy, particularly in relation to Canada’s free trade agreements.
Ronald Wonnacott has made foundational contributions to international trade theory and to Canadian trade policy. Over four decades, as a professor of economics at Western University, he was an influential analyst of the major trade developments and issues facing the nation. He is credited with offering key insight into the potential effect of free trade, including identifying how Canada could successfully compete within larger markets. His writings on this subject, as well as on issues such as foreign investment and automotive production, have helped shape our country’s perspective on trade.