Dr. Clarence S. Bayne was born in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies in 1932. He came to Canada in 1955 from Trinidad and Tobago. He obtained a BA (Economics) in 1958 and Masters (Economics) from UBC in 1960. In 1961, he started studies at McGill University for a Ph.D in economics, specializing in econometrics and monetary and macro-economic theory, which he obtained in 1977. His doctoral thesis is entitled "A Study of the Oil Industry of Trinidad and Tobago in the World Oil Economy". He was a part time lecturer at Sir George Williams University, 1961 to 1964, where he taught introductory, intermediate, mathematical economics, and comparative economics systems. In 1966, he was hired full time to the Faculty of Commerce and Administration (Now John Molson School of Business). He developed and taught the first courses in intermediate statistics, sampling theory, and qualitative and quantitative forecasting. Dr Bayne is now a full professor in the Department of Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems (DSMIS)/ Supply Chain, Business and Management Technology . He was the Director of the Graduate Diplomas in Administration and Sport Administration between 1990 and 2006. He is currently the Director of the Institute for Community Entrepreneurship and Development(ICED). He specializes in the economics and management of not-for-profit organizations. He is also president of the following not-for-profit organization, Black Studies Center of Montreal, and the Black Community Resource Center. He is the Founding Past president and member of the Board of Governors of the Black Theatre Workshop of Montreal.
Dr. Bayne's research interest is very cross disciplinary, with an emphasis on community development. He has published, and lectured quite extensively in this area in many cultural communities across Canada (the Cree, Black, Inuit); and in Nigeria, and South Africa.
Dr. Bayne has received several distinguished Awards and recognition for his work in community development. Some of his awards include Recipient of the Governor General's 125th Anniversary of Confederation Award, the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), The Trinidad and Tobago 50th Independence Anniversary Commemorative Award (2012) The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013); The Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2000), the Quebec Board of Black Educator's Award (2000), Montreal Association of Black Business and Professionals Award (1988), City of Montreal Round Table on Black History Month Award (2016).