The series consists of files related to Mr. Jackson’s consulting firm, Gilbert Jackson & Associates, which was established in three parts during the early 1930s. The first part of the business began when Mr. Jackson was a consulting economist who was assigned to complete special assignments for corporations such as Canadian General Electric in negotiations with United Electrical Workers, and General Motors Canada. During this period, Mr. Jackson also wrote briefs to the Spence Royal Commission of Coasting Trade for Canadian Ship Building and Repair Association and the Borden Royal Commission on Energy for Imperial Oil.
Achieving great success, the second part of the business developed around the mid 1940s. Known as Sentinel Associates Limited, the investment counselling company’s clients included Lever Brothers of Canada Ltd. and a private company named Sentinel Securities of Canada Ltd.
The third part of the office was the Canadian Council for Economic Studies, with Wallace Goforth as Executive Director. A retired colonel in the Canadian Army who had served as Deputy Director General of Defense Research during the 2nd World War, W.W. Goforth was the son of Reverend Jonathan Goforth (1859-1926), the well-known Presbyterian minister in China where W.W. Goforth was born in North Honan on November 25, 1899. After attending the University of Toronto, he studied at McGill University where he received his Masters degree. Before World War II he was professor of economics at McGill (1924-1929) and a consulting economist. Mr. Jackson firm known as the Canadian Council for Economic Studies.  He ran Mr. Jackson’s company until his death in [1956?] A Council that met quarterly, many studies were commissioned from academics and other able economists who published under their own names but under the label Gilbert Jackson & Associates.
Arranged alphabetically by function, the files within the series include: company records from the Canadian General Electric Company Ltd (1953), Dominion Textile Co. Limited (1952), General Motors (1954), Hamilton Porcelains, Ltd (1956), Huron & Erie Mortgage Corporation (1952), John Inglis Co. (1952), Ogilvie Flour Mills Company Limited (1944), Rolland Paper Company (1955), St. Lawrence Seaway Authority (1955-1958), Steel Company of Canada Limited (1954) and Vick Chemical Company (1958); typed outgoing correspondence regarding retail coal prices, the consumer price index, the wholesale coal index (1954) and the Mutual Security Programme (1957); manuscripts written by academics and other able economists; the House of Commons Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce minutes of proceedings and evidence (1944, no. 1-no. 53 and 1947, no. 9), the first reading of Bill 7 (1944), and the House of Commons debates (Aug. 1944); biographies, incoming and outgoing correspondence, speeches, articles, off-prints and newspaper clipping written by and about the late Philip Christian Armstrong, an employee of the Canadian Pacific, economist and friend of Gilbert Jackson & Associates (1942-1952); research memorandums by Gilbert Jackson & Associates (1949-1950); reports, correspondence, cases and memorandum to the Royal Commission on the Canadian Coasting Trade (1955); charts on the United States College Endowment Funds (1956?); and copies of minutes of meetings on “The International Functions of Gold”, a London, England discussion group chaired by Sir Charles Addis, that met monthly to discuss “the International uses of Gold” (1929-1931). Mixed into the manuscripts are typed incoming and outgoing correspondences regarding the articles or speeches written by members of Gilbert Jackson & Associates.
The series also contains files containing correspondence, reports and papers produced by: W. W. Goforth (1953-1956); H. G. Littler (1942-1947); and John L.(Lorne) McDougall, a University of Toronto graduate (BA 1921, MA 1923) and professor in the Department of Economics at Queen’s University. His reports on the Combines Act will also be found among these records (1954-1955).
All books and proceedings have been separated from the rest of the manuscripts and placed at the end of the series, in chronological order. These include the House of Commons Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce minutes of proceedings and evidence (1944, no. 1-no. 53 and 1947, no. 9), the first reading of Bill 7 (1944), and the House of Commons debates (Aug. 1944).
Finally, records related to the Canadian Council for Economic Studies can be found within the series. Arranged chronologically, the files within the series include: passed and cancelled council bulletins (1944-1950); an article by E. Harrison Clark “Analysis of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948” (12 Apr. 1948); summaries of views expressed at private dinner meetings (1950-1951); and the Washington Papers (1950-1951).
For additional reports written by Mr. Jackson to other federal government boards, commissions and special committees, see Series 4 (Canadian Tariff Board), Series 5 (National War Labour Board), Series 6 (National Selective Service Advisory Board) and Series 7 (Other Federal Government research and reports).
- Letter dated Oct. 19, 2004, E. Kendall Cork to Garron Wells re Gilbert E. Jackson OBE, 1890-1959.