Christopher Waddell is the first occupant of the school's Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism, the first chair of its kind in Canada.
He joined Carleton in July 2001 after 10 years at CBC Television News. From 1993 to 2001, he was the network's Parliamentary Bureau Chief in Ottawa. From 1995 to 2001 he was also Executive Producer News Specials for CBC Television, responsible for all national news specials and federal and provincial election and election night coverage during those years.
Between 1984-91 he was at the Globe and Mail where he served in a number of positions including reporter in Report on Business, economics reporter in Ottawa covering among other things the Canada-US free trade negotiations, Ottawa bureau chief during the 1988 federal election In the period from 1989-91 he was associate editor and then national editor of the newpaper
In his journalism career, he has won two National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and programs he supervised at CBC Television won six Gemini awards for television excellence.
Professor Waddell received a Ph. D in Canadian history from York University in Toronto in 1981, completing a thesis on price and wage controls and consumer rationing in Canada during World War II.
He is a member of Sustainable Prosperity - a multi-stakeholder research and policy initiative that aims to build a greener and more prosperous economy for Canada. The organization assembles leading thinking and provides cutting-edge resources and education on environmental pricing reform (EPR).
In addition to teaching he has served as national affairs chair for PEN Canada, been a board member of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs and presently serves on the executive of the Ottawa Rowing Club.