Gregory P. Marchildon is the Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Prof. Marchildon received his PhD from the London School of Economics, and later served for five years at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. In the 1990s, he was Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and subsequently Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Saskatchewan. From 2001-2002, he was executive director of a federal Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (the Romanow Commission). He is the author of numerous journal articles and books on Canadian history, comparative public policy, public administration and federalism, including Health Systems in Transition: Canada co-published by the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe on behalf of the European Observatory and the University of Toronto Press. Prof. Marchildon is the founding director of the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.