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Allisonian Firsts: Derek Hum

A virtual exhibition celebrating the bold Allisonians who became the "firsts" in their field.

Derek Hum

First Canadian of Asian descent named Rhodes Scholar, 1967

Graduation portrait of Derek Hum.

Derek Hum, 1967

Mount Allison University Archives. Picture collection. May only be reproduced with permission of the Mount Allison University Archives.

Derek Hum received a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Mathematics from Mount Allison University in 1967. That same year, he was named Rhodes Scholar, becoming the first Canadian of Asian descent to receive the honour.

Hum pursued further studies in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford University and received a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Toronto in 1972. He became a professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba and is a recognized expert in social policy, particularly income maintenance programs and tax-transfer issues as well as federal cost sharing arrangements.

He has published widely, including seven books and over 100 articles and essays, and has served as a member of Statistics Canada’s National Council. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Rh Institute Award (1986). His research interests include labour market issues concerning immigrants and visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and aging issues.