Ian Brodie, Visiting Fellow, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Senior Counselor, Hill & Knowlton Canada
Ian Brodie is Visiting Fellow at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Senior Counselor at Hill & Knowlton Canada. Until July 1, 2008, he was Chief of Staff to Canada’s Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper. Ian previously served as the Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada. Born and raised in Toronto, Ian studied political science at McGill University and later at the University of Calgary. His published academic research focuses primarily on the political role of the Canadian courts. Ian lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.
Sandra Buckler has 19 years of experience in communications and public affairs with private and public sectors in Canada, the United States and internationally. She most recently served as the Director of Communications to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper. She held that position from February 2006, until she stepped down in July 2008. Before accepting the position of Director of Communications, she was a vice president with GPC, a national public affairs company, where she provided communications counsel and public affairs advice to various clients, including De Beers Canada, Bombardier, Coca Cola and Rogers. Prior to her entry into the private sector, Ms. Buckler served in the federal and provincial levels of government. Specifically, she served as an advisor to three Ministers of Defence, holding various positions, including Special Advisor for Ontario, Press Secretary, and ultimately, Legislative Assistant and Senior Policy Advisor. In addition, she has been politically active in numerous Conservative Leadership and election campaigns federally, in Ontario and British Columbia. She is married to Navy Captain Richard Gravel and they reside in Ottawa.
Mel Cappe began his term as president of the IRPP on June 1, 2006. Prior to joining the IRPP, Mr. Cappe spent more than 30 years in the Canadian public service, most recently as the High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Prior to that, he was Canada’s top public servant as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service in January 1999, relinquishing the position in May of 2002 to become Special Advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He has also held senior economic and policy positions in federal government departments in Ottawa, including the Treasury Board, Department of Finance and Consumer and Corporate Affairs. He has served as Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Deputy Minister of Human Resources Development, Deputy Minister of Labour and Chairman of the Employment Insurance Commission. Mr. Cappe has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and did doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. He is married to Marni, and they have two children.
The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships, Centre for Developing Area Studies, McGill University
The Right Honourable Joe Clark was Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister of Constitutional Affairs of Canada, and was elected eight times to the House of Commons. He is Chairman of CSR Developments, an innovative Canadian company which is harvesting the forests trapped under Volta Lake in Ghana, and a board member of BDA (Fondation Biotechnologie pour le développement durable en afrique). He is also Professor of Practice for Private-Public Sector Partnerships in the Centre for Developing-Area Studies at McGill University. He has led international Election Observation teams to Cameroon (2004), the Democratic Republic of Congo (2006) and Nigeria (2007) and, among other activities, is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation, the Inter-American Dialogue, the board of Pearson College, and the International Advisory Board of Governors of the Canadian Institute of Governance Innovation (CIGI). He is married to the Canadian author and lawyer Maureen McTeer, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and l’Ordre de la Pléiade.
Dr. Philippe Couillard, Senior Fellow in Health Law, McGill Research Group on Health and Law, McGill University
Dr. Couillard was Québec's Minister of Health and Social Services from April 2003 to June 2008. Professor in the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Medicine from 1996 to 2003, he also served as head surgeon and director of the Surgery Department at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke from 2000 to 2003. He is co-founder of a neurosurgery service in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he worked from 1992 to 1996. Prior to that, he was head of the Department of Neurosurgery at St-Luc Hospital in Montréal from 1989 to 1992. Since Oct. 1, 2008, he has been a partner with Persistence Capital Partners in Montreal. He obtained a doctorate in medicine in 1979, as well as a degree in neurosurgery from the Université de Montréal, a specialist certificate from the Collège des médecins du Québec and a specialist certificate from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1985.
Lili de Grandpré, Co-chair, Board of Trustees, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Founder and Managing Director, CenCEO Consulting
Lili de Grandpré a fondé CenCEO Conseil, une société de conseil en gestion, en 2005. De 1991 à 2004, elle a travaillé chez Mercer Consulting à Toronto, Londres et Montréal où elle a occupé plusieurs postes de direction. En 2003-2004, elle était chef de la stratégie en matière de ressources humaines chez Mercer. De 1997 à 2002, elle a dirigé le bureau canadien de Mercer Management Consulting. De 1977 à 1989, elle a travaillé à la Banque de Montréal, son dernier poste ayant été celui de vice-présidente – Marketing et développement des produits. Lili siège dans plusieurs conseils d’administration et comités exécutifs, entre autres à Centraide, à l’Université McGill, à l’École nationale du cirque, à la Fondation canadienne des jeunes entrepreneurs et l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Elle a été nommée Femme de mérite par le YWCA de Montréal en 2003, et Femme d’honneur par la Chambre de commerce de Montréal (2001). De 1992 à 2001, elle a été professeure invitée à l’Institut de développement exécutif de Queen’s University. Elle possède un baccalauréat ès arts, une maîtrise en journalisme et un MBA. Elle a récemment achevé le programme de l’École supérieure de régie d’entreprise de l’Institut des administrateurs de sociétés.
Bruce Doern, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
Bruce Doern is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, and Emeritus Professor, Politics Department, University of Exeter in the UK. A native of Winnipeg, he is the author or editor of 69 books and numerous articles on Canadian and comparative public policy, institutions and governance. His research has been in policy fields and realms such as environment, trade, energy, science and technology, industrial, intellectual property, innovation, biotechnology, public spending, regulation, and taxation policy. He has been a Scholar in Residence at both the C.D. Howe Institute and the Conference Board of Canada. His most recent books include: Governing the Energy Challenge: Canada and Germany in a Multi-Level Regional and Global Context (co-edited with Burkard Eberlein); Research and Innovation Policy: Changing Federal Government-University Relations (co-edited with Chris Stoney); Red Tape, Red Flags: Regulation in the Innovation Age ; Strategic Science in the Public Interest: Federal Government Labs and Science-Based Agencies (with Jeff Kinder). He initiated and edits How Ottawa Spends, the Carleton School of Public Policy and Administration's annual review of national priorities and public spending, now in its 31st year. He has served as a consultant and advisor to numerous federal and provincial departments and agencies, royal commissions, interest groups, NGOs, and international agencies.
Alain Dubuc est journaliste à La Presse depuis 1976. Il y a été chroniqueur économique et éditorialiste en chef. Il a également été président et éditeur du Soleil. Il est maintenant chroniqueur aux pages Forum. Il a remporté de nombreux prix, dont le Concours canadien de journalisme en 2001, et le prix Hyman Solomon en 2008. Il a publié quatre livres.
A graduate of McGill and Oxford universities, Pearl’s practice focuses on the intersection between law, public policy and public administration. Clients include national governments, intergovernmental organizations such as the UN and the European Commission and international development organizations. She has worked in Rwanda, Timor Leste, Tajikistan and Ethiopia. In Canada, Pearl was Senior Research Director of the Policy Research Initiative (2001-2003), Director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (1995-2001) and President of Equitas, Canada’s human rights education NGO (1990-1995). She is a recipient of the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal and the 2006 Women of Distinction Award (YWCA), and sits on a number of boards including Canadian Lawyers Abroad, the McGill Law Faculty’s Echenberg Family Conference Series on Human Rights, and the Shield of Athena, a community service organization supporting women and children who are victims of conjugal violence. Publications include The Controversy Entrepreneurs( (Maisonneuve( magazine, Fall 2008) which deals with hate speech in Canada; Inscribing Charter Values in Policy Processes( (2006) and Designing Government (2005).
Jim Flaherty is a second term Member of Parliament for Whitby-Oshawa (Ontario), first elected in 2006. Since then, he has served as Canada's Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. He is a Governor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. As Minister of Finance, he is also an ex-officio member of all Cabinet Committees. Previously, from 1995 to 2005, Jim served as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Whitby-Ajax. In Ontario, he served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Attorney General and Minister of Labour. He graduated from Princeton University cum laude and Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar in Ontario with honours and practised law for more than twenty years before being elected to public office. Jim is married to Christine Elliott who serves as a Member of Provincial Parliament for the same riding, Whitby-Oshawa. They live in Whitby with their 17-year-old triplet sons.
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Kevin G. Lynch is the Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service since March 6, 2006. Mr. Lynch began his career at the Bank of Canada in 1976. He has held a number of senior positions in the Finance and Industry departments, including the post of Deputy Minister of Industry from 1995 to 2000, and Deputy Minister of Finance from March 2000 to September 2004. In 2004, he moved from Ottawa to Washington, DC to serve as Executive Director for the Canadian, Irish and Caribbean constituency at the International Monetary Fund. Mr. Lynch was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He graduated with a B.A in economics from Mount Allison University, received an M.A. in economics from the University of Manchester and holds a Ph.D. in economics from McMaster University.
L. Ian MacDonald is Editor of Policy Options, Canada’s premier public policy magazine published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, writes regular columns on politics and policy for The Gazette, The National Post, and is a frequent commentator for CTV, CPAC and CBC. He is the author of the best-selling biography, Mulroney: The Making of the Prime Minister, and From Bourassa to Bourassa: Wilderness to Restoration a critically acclaimed narrative history of the Québec Liberal Party from 1976-1994. He is the editor of Free Trade: Risks and Rewards, a benchmarking of free trade. He is also co-author of Leo: A Life, the best-selling autobiography of former Senator Leo Kolber, longtime adviser to the Bronfman family. Previously, he was Minister of Public Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington from 1992 to 1994 and chief speechwriter to the Prime Minister of Canada from 1985 to 1988.
Antonia Maioni is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. She is also an associate professor of Political Science and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University. A multilingual Montréaler, Antonia studied at Université Laval, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and Northwestern University. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard and Duke Universities in the U.S. and at the European University Institute in Italy. Dr. Maioni has published widely in the field of Canadian and comparative politics, with a particular focus on health policy. She comments extensively on Canadian politics, Québec politics, and health care in both French and English language media across Canada.
Dean Christopher P. Manfredi, Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at McGill University, is an outstanding scholar and authority on the role of the judiciary in democratic societies especially the Supreme Court, principally Canada and the United States. His research focuses on law and the courts with a particular emphasis on the political and policy impact of rights litigation. He has published extensively in academic and professional journals and is a highly regarded political and legal commentator. He has written three books: Judicial Power and the Charter: Canada and the Paradox of Liberal Constitutionalism; The Supreme Court and Juvenile Justice; and Feminist Activism in the Supreme Court: Legal Mobilization and the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund. He also co-edited The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Reflections on the Charter after Twenty Years.
Sharon Manson Singer has more than two decades of public sector experience as a policy leader, senior executive manager and advisor to governments, business and non-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise include health and social policy, research methods, voluntary sector management and leadership. She has advised all levels of government in Canada and internationally on issues related to income security and poverty reduction. From 1997 to 2001, she held a number of deputy minister positions in the British Columbia government, including being the lead deputy minister for British Columbia during the creation of the National Child Benefit and the National Children’s Agenda. Sharon was a tenured professor at the University of British Columbia and is also an adjunct professor at the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria and Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University. Her PhD in social welfare economics is from Brandeis University in the United States where she studied as a National Welfare Fellow. Sharon has a long history of service to the business and voluntary sectors having served as Vice-Chair of BC Hydro and BC Hydro International and on the executive boards of the United Way, Social Research and Development Corporation, Laurier Institute, Canadian Council on Social Development, Centre for Non-Profit Management, Britannia Community Services Society, and BC Addiction Foundation among many others.
Matthew Mendelsohn, Founding Director, Mowat Centre for Public Policy Innovation, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto
Matthew Mendelsohn is the founding Director of the Mowat Centre for Public Policy Innovation, Canada's newest independent public policy think tank, located in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. Prior to assuming his current position, Matthew served from 2004-2009 as a Deputy Minister in the Ontario government where he held responsibility, variously, for Intergovernmental Affairs, the Democratic Renewal Secretariat, and the Office of International Relations and Protocol. He also served as Associate Secretary to the Cabinet in Cabinet Office. Prior to joining the Ontario government, Matthew was a member of the Political Studies Department at Queen’s University for over a decade where he published widely on Canadian politics. From 1996-1998, Matthew took a leave from Queen’s to work with the federal government as a Senior Advisor in the Privy Council Office. Matthew received his B.A. from McGill University and Ph.D. from l’Université de Montréal. Matthew makes his home in Toronto, where he lives with his wife, Kirsten Mercer, their son Samuel, and their troublesome Rhodesian Ridgeback named Whiskey.
Heather Munroe-Blum is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University and Professor in Medicine. A distinguished psychiatric epidemiologist, she has dedicated her career to the advancement of higher education, science and innovation, in Canada and internationally, advising governments and other organizations on the role that universities and research play in advancing international competitiveness and enriching societies. Prof. Munroe-Blum is President of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CRÉPUQ) and serves on the executive committees of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Association of American Universities (AAU). She chairs the AUCC Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR), and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies. She is also a member of the federal Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and of the Trilateral Commission. Prof. Munroe-Blum holds a Ph.D. with distinction in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in addition to M.S.W. (Wilfrid Laurier University) and B.A. and B.S.W. degrees (McMaster University). Named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her outstanding record of achievements in science, innovation and higher education policy, she holds numerous honorary degrees from Canadian and international universities. Prof. Munroe-Blum is a Specially-Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Senior Fellow of Massey College. She was named a Grande Montréalaise, Montréal’s highest honour, in 2008.
As the founder and President of Nanos Research, Mr. Nanos is one of Canada’s most trusted pollsters and is regularly called upon by senior decision-makers to conduct research and to provide strategic counsel. His hallmark is his ability to provide insightful advice to clients on complex issues ranging from reputation management, to charting corporate expansions through to client positioning on public policy issues. In addition to his responsibilities leading the team at the Nanos Research Group, he is a Research Associate Professor in Canadian Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Nanos is the official pollster for Policy Options magazine and CPAC, the Cable Public Affairs Channel. His political commentary and polling data has been used in every major media outlet in Canada as well as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, USA Today and The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. Mr. Nanos is a past National President of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA) and a Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP). The MRIA is Canada's national organization governing professionals engaged in marketing, advertising, social and political research. As the past Publisher of the Canadian Journal of Marketing Research and past Editor-in-Chief of Vue, the monthly magazine of the market research industry, he is one of Canada's leading research practitioners.
Leslie A. Pal, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, Carleton University
Leslie A. Pal is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. He joined Carleton University in 1992, after teaching at the University of Calgary for ten years. He has a B.A. in Political Science (Hons) from Mount Allison University, and a Doctorate from Queen’s University. From 2001 to 2005, he was Director of the School of Public Policy and Administration. Professor Pal has served on the national boards of the Canadian Political Science Association, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Institute on Governance, and the Performance and Planning Exchange. He also has served on the editorial boards of Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Public Administration, and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. He was the Director of the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Programme from 1998 to 2001. Currently, he is co-Director of the Centre on Governance and Public Management at Carleton University, and is also the Chair of the Accreditation Board of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. For several years he worked with the Civil Service Training and Development Institute of the Government of Hong Kong training senior civil servants. He has worked on public sector reform projects in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia, and was Director for the School’s Canada/Russian Academy of Public Administration project under the Governance Advisory and Exchange Program. In July 2006, at the 20th World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Japan, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association for 2006-2009. Dr. Pal is the author/editor of twenty-four books, and over sixty book chapters and journal articles.
Peter Russell is a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto where he taught political science from 1958 to his retirement in 1996. He has held visiting professor positions at ANU, Harvard University, and the European Institute. He is a past President of the Canadian Political Science Association, the Canadian Law and Society Association, and the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. He has published widely on constitutional, judicial and aboriginal politics. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds honorary degrees from a number of universities and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Professor Russell is the author of the recently published Two Cheers for Minority Government: The Evolution of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy (Emond Montgomery Publications, 2008). He is also the co-editor of Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis, a book of essays on the parliamentary crisis Canada experienced from November 2008 to the end of January 2009 published by University of Toronto Press.
Denis Saint-Martin est professeur agrégé au Département de science politique de l’Université de Montréal et professeur associé à Sciences Po Paris dans le cadre du Master en affaires publiques offert conjointement avec la London School of Economics et l’Université Columbia de New York. Il a poursuivi ses études doctorales et post-doctorales en 1998 à l’Université Carleton et au Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies de l’Université Harvard. Il est spécialiste de l’administration publique comparée et des questions de gouvernance. Ses recherches portent sur la régulation de l’éthique en politique, l’État-providence et le rôle de l’expertise dans le développement des politiques publiques. Ses nombreux articles et livres se sont vus attribuer différents prix, dont le Best Book Award de l’Academy of Management aux États-Unis, le prix Herbert Kaufman de l’American Political Science Association, et ont été nommés pour l’attribution du Prix Rudolf-Wildenmann du European Consortium of Political Research. Il a également été boursier Fulbright à la Kennnedy School of Government et conseiller en politique publique au Cabinet du Premier ministre du Canada. Il est responsable du volet politique sociale au sein du réseau stratégique de connaissance Dialogue transatlantique Canada-Europe. Ses recherches actuelles portent sur la théorie des « engagements crédibles » et la politique de la délégation à des organismes indépendants dans la régulation de l’éthique parlementaire et du lobbying dans l’Union européenne, au Canada et aux États-Unis.
Mary May Simon was born in Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River) in Nunavik (Northern Québec). She was elected to the position of President Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in July 2006. Ms. Simon has devoted her life's work towards gaining further recognition of Aboriginal rights and to achieving social justice for Inuit and other Aboriginal peoples nationally and internationally. In 1994, Ms. Simon was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to be the first Canadian Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs. As part of her work, she was instructed by the Government of Canada to take the lead in negotiating an eight country council, which is now known as the Arctic Council. This Council was established in 1996 and includes the active participation of the indigenous peoples of the Circumpolar Region. Mary Simon has received many honours for her leadership in developing strategies for Aboriginal and Northern affairs. She has been awarded the Order of Canada, National Order of Québec, the Gold Order of Greenland, and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award.
Dr. Wendy Thomson, CBE, has a distinguished career in public services in the UK, prior to joining McGill University in 2005 as Professor of Social Policy. Formerly, she served in No. 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister’s Chief Adviser on Public Service Reform. As Director of Inspection at the Audit Commission, she set up the first inspection service of local government in England and Wales. Until 1999, she was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Newham when the Council delivered major regeneration projects and improved its service performance, gaining recognition as Council of the Year. Before joining Newham, Wendy was Chief Executive of the national mental health charity Turning Point working with the Princess of Wales as its patron. Wendy now teaches social policy, and is affiliated with a number of research institutes including the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families, the Institute for International Studies, and the Canadian Academic Network on Global Health Diplomacy. Currently she has SSHRC funded research on social exclusion in Nunavik, and evidence-based management. She is also active internationally advising governments on governance in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She serves as Director on several Boards including the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal, the McGill University Health Centre and Pinnacle PSG UK.
Christopher Waddell, Associate Director, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Dr. Christopher Waddell joined the faculty in Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication in July 2001. Currently he teaches business journalism, television current affairs reporting and web publishing. He came to Carleton as the first occupant of the Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism, the first chair of its kind in Canada, after a 21-year career in print and broadcast journalism. An experienced financial and political journalist, Dr. Waddell is a former senior editor with the Financial Post, former reporter with the Globe and Mail's Report on Business , and then the Globe's Ottawa bureau chief, associate editor and national editor for the Globe and Mail. He was the first recipient of the National Newspaper Award for Business reporting, winning in both 1987 and 1988. In 1991, he joined the CBC as senior producer with The National and Sunday Report then moved to Ottawa in 1993 as parliamentary bureau chief for CBC Television News. He remained in that position while also being executive producer of news special programs for CBC Television. Programs for which he was responsible won six Gemini Awards between 1995 and 2001. Dr. Waddell received a Ph.D in Canadian history from York University in 1981 completing a thesis: The Wartime Prices and Trade Board: Price Controls and Consumer Rationing in World War II.
William Watson has taught economics at McGill since 1977. He was appointed Chair of the Economics Department in June 2005. Born and raised in Montreal and educated at McGill and Yale, he is a Senior Research Fellow at Montreal’s Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and a Research Fellow at the C. D. Howe Institute in Toronto. In 1997, he took a 21-month leave from McGill and served as editorial pages editor of the Ottawa Citizen. From 1998 to 2002 he edited the IRPP’s magazine, Policy Options politiques. His 1998 book, Globalization and the Meaning of Canadian Life, was runner-up for the Donner Prize for best Canadian policy book of the year. He writes on economics and other matters weekly in The National Post and every other week in The Gazette and Ottawa Citizen. In 1989, a story of his in Saturday Night magazine won the National Magazine Awards Gold Medal for humour.