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James McPhail Gillies was born on November 2, 1924, and died on December 13, 2015.
He was a politician and economist in Canada.
James was a Progressive Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1972 to 1979 who was elected in the Toronto, Ontario riding of Don Valley.
He taught economics at the Schulich School of Business at York University and was sought after for commentary on economic issues.
James attended public and secondary school in Teeswater, Ontario.
He then went to London, Ontario to attend the University of Western Ontario.
James joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1944 during World War II.
In 1945, James continued his education in the United States at Brown University and Indiana University at Bloomington.
James joined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles’s Graduate School of Management in 1951 and remained there until his return to Canada in 1965 where he was the initial dean of York University’s Faculty of Administrative Studies, now named the Schulich School of Business.
James was chair of the Ontario Economic Council in 1971 and 1972.
He was named a professor emeritus of the Schulich School of Business and continued to provide commentary on economic matters.
James McPhail Gillies passed away on December 13, 2015, aged 91.