Ken Boessenkool held the 2020-2021 J.W. McConnell Professor of Practice at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.
He is a Research Fellow at the CD Howe Institute, contributor to The Line and President and founder of Sidicus Consulting Ltd.
Colby Cosh once described him as a “policy chef who lurks around conservative parties everywhere in Canada” and Lawrence Martin as a “towering egghead.”
Until recently, Ken was a founding partner of Kool Topp & Guy Public Affairs with Don Guy and Brian Topp. In the course of his career, he has served as Senior Counsel at GCI Canada, was Senior Vice President and National Practice Director for Public Affairs at Hill & Knowlton Canada, where he was also General Manager for Alberta and Manager of Business Development. Ken was a senior regulatory economist with two electricity firms. He once worked at a bank.
Ken has played senior strategic and policy roles in four national election campaigns for the Conservative Party of Canada under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He has been Chief of Staff to former Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark, a senior policy advisor to three national Conservative leaders, two Alberta Finance Ministers, and an Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader. He has played senior policy or campaign manager roles in three national leadership campaigns and three provincial leadership campaigns.
Ken is the Board Chair of Sonshine Community Foundation – a Calgary based women and children’s shelter. He has served on the following boards: The Canada-Israel Committee; The Cantos Music Foundation (now the National Music Centre); The Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, Civitas and the Forum of Federations.
Ken has published numerous policy and academic papers on a range of key national issues and is a frequent contributor to numerous online and print publications.
Ken has an undergraduate degree in business with majors in Finance and Philosophy from the University of Lethbridge and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Toronto. Ken and Tammy have a four daughters, three son-in-laws and a granddaughter. They live near Vulcan, Alberta.
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Recent Commentary from Ken Boessenkool
Alberta's newly minted UCP cabinet will need to lead Premier Smith | CBCPublished: 22 Nov 2022
Federal election outcome could be unpredictable amid 4th wave, say strategists | CBC RadioPublished: 16 Aug 2021
Higgs income tax cut signals a shift in Conservative carbon policy, say economists | CBC NewsPublished: 17 May 2021
Ken Boessenkool: Finally, a credible Conservative climate plan — now over to Kenney and Ford | National PostPublished: 26 Apr 2021
Liberals should drive daycare improvements, not redo system, report says | Times ColonistPublished: 9 Apr 2021