Advisory Council

Ian Brodie

Jean Charest

Laura Dawson

Richard Fadden


Bob Fowler

Dan Hays

Marie-Lucie Morin

John Manley (Chair)


Bob Rae
Christopher Waddell
Rob Wright



Ian Brodie

From 2006 to 2008, Brodie worked as the Chief of Staff for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In this role, he demonstrated a deep knowledge of the public policy process and the political context of difficult government decisions. He developed strong experience in dealing with competing interests and demanding stakeholder organizations. Earlier, serving as Mr. Harper’s Chief of Staff in opposition, Brodie led the effort to draft Stand up for Canada!, the Conservative Party's 2006 election platform.

Brodie was the first permanent Executive Director of the Conservative Party following the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the PC Party. He built a professional, national institution focused on organization and election readiness, with best-in-class fundraising, membership
development and information technology. He also oversaw preparations for the Conservative Party's successful national convention in Montreal.

After leaving government, Brodie moved into international and multi-lateral finance working as Strategic Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank. He worked as IDB's 'Sherpa' for the 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena and represented IDB at G-20 meetings. He also
worked with Hill & Knowlton Canada advising blue-chip clients on their public affairs strategies and interactions with government.

From 1997-2003, Brodie was Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Calgary and a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science from McGill University. His 2002 book, Friends of the Court, was the first comprehensive study of interest group litigation in Canada. His academic work has been published in Comparative Politics, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and elsewhere.





Jean Charest

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Premier of Québec (2003-2012)
Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada

As Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Québec, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures.

As Minister of the Environment, he led his country’s delegation at the 1992 Earth Summit on the economy and the environment in Rio and  was praised for his leadership role among G7 countries on climate change and biodiversity.

The Charest government has been a world leader on the environment and climate change, and best known for a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called “Plan Nord”.

Under his leadership, Québec experienced a sustained period of economic prosperity with stronger economic growth from 2008 to 2012 than the US, Europe, Canada and Ontario, despite a global financial and economic crisis.

For the International arena, his administration was the most active in the history of Québec. Thus, the Charest government initiated an unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec, and convinced Canada and the European Union to negotiate a broad economic partnership.

Jean Charest is a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault. He provides invaluable expertise to the firm’s clients with his in-depth knowledge and experience with public policy, corporate Canada and international matters. As a strategic advisor with a unique perspective, he supports clients on complex transactions, projects and international mandates, as they navigate the global business environment.





Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson is the President of Dawson Strategic and provides advice to business on cross-border trade, market access and regulatory issues.  Previously, she served as senior advisor on U.S.-Canada economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa. 

Dawson contributed to the launch of the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council, the Border Vision Strategy, and the bilateral Government Procurement Agreement.  She is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a member of the International Economic Council of the CD Howe Institute.

Her client work focuses on advocacy and strategic planning in subjects including cross-border trade, investor-state dispute settlement, labor mobility, government procurement, technical barriers, energy, telecommunications, financial services, softwood lumber, foreign investment review and corporate-social responsibility in the extractive sector.

From 1998 to 2008, she was a senior associate at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law advising governments in developing and transition economies on trade and investment issues. Dawson taught international trade, Canada-U.S. relations and policy analysis at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and holds a PhD in political science.

Twitter: @dawsonstrategic





Richard Fadden

Mr. Richard B. Fadden was the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from January 19, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Previously he was the Deputy Minister of National Defence starting in May 2013, he served as the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service from 2009 until 2013. He has also served as the Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada from 2006 to 2009, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada from 2005 to 2006, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency from 2002 to 2005, and Deputy Clerk and Counsel in the Privy Council Office from 2000 to 2002, during which he assumed the additional duties of Security and Intelligence Coordinator in February 2001. Over the course of his career, Mr. Fadden worked in a variety of different positions across the Government of Canada including in the Department of External Affairs, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat.

Mr. Fadden holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal, and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from McGill University.

He is a native of the Province of Quebec. He is married with two children.




Bob Fowler

During his 38 year Public Service career, Bob Fowler was the Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Ministers Trudeau, Turner and Mulroney, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Canada’s longest serving Ambassador to the United Nations (where he represented Canada on the Security Council in 1999 and 2000 and issued 2 ground-breaking reports on sanctions-busting in Angola, which cut off UNITA’s access to the arms bazaar and led to the end of the civil war which had ravished Angola for 25 years). He was Ambassador to Italy and the 3 Rome-Based UN Food Agencies, Sherpa for the Kananaskis G8 Summit (for which he chaired the creation of the Africa Action Plan), and the Personal Representative for Africa of Prime Ministers Chrétien, Martin and Harper. Mr. Fowler retired from the Federal Public Service in the fall of 2006, and is now a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

In July 2008, The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, appointed Mr. Fowler to be his Special Envoy to Niger, with the rank of Under-Secretary-General in the Secretariat of the UN.

While acquitting his UN mission, Mr. Fowler and his colleague, Louis Guay, were captured by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on 14 December 2008, and held hostage in the Sahara Desert for 130 days.




Dan Hays

Dan Hays has been a member of the Macleod Dixon law firm (now Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP) since his call to the Bar in 1966.  He is a senior partner with Norton Rose Fulbright and has been active in different practice areas, most recently in corporate commercial and international operations.  He was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Trudeau in 1984 and retired from the Senate in 2007.

During his years in the Senate, Dan held a number of leadership positions and at different times served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources and the Special Committee on Senate Reform 2006.  He has been a proponent of and has written about Senate modernization and reform. 

He served as President of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1994 to 1998.  In 1999 he was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, and in 2001, Prime Minister Chretien appointed him Speaker of the Senate, a position he continued to hold under Prime Minister Martin.  Following the 2006 federal general election, he was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.  On January 22, 2007, he was made a Privy Councillor by Prime Minister Harper.

Dan is proud to have served as an Honourary Colonel (now retired) of the King's Own Calgary Regiment.  He is a graduate of the University of Alberta, B.A. 1962 and the University of Toronto, LLB 1965.  Dan lives in Calgary.





Marie-Lucie Morin

Marie-Lucie Morin served as the executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the World Bank from 2010 to 2013.  Prior to joining the World Bank, she was appointed national security advisor to the prime minister of Canada and associate secretary to the Cabinet in November 2008. From 2006 to 2008, she served as deputy minister of international trade, and from 2003 to 2006, as associate deputy minister of foreign affairs.

Ms. Morin acquired extensive experience abroad during postings to San Francisco, Jakarta, London, and Moscow. In 1997, she became Canada's ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Iceland, a position she held until 2001. She was awarded the Governor General’s 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal. In 2011, she received the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada’s (APEX) Global Public Servant Award. Ms. Morin was made “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” (France) in 2012.

Ms. Morin is married to Nicolas Temnikov; they have one daughter and three sons.




John Manley (Chair)

The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada.  

Mr. Manley is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. He was first elected to Parliament in 1988, and re-elected three times. From 1993 to 2003 he was a Minister in the governments of Jean Chrétien, serving in the portfolios of Industry, Foreign Affairs and Finance, in addition to being Deputy Prime Minister.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Manley was named Chair of a Cabinet Committee on Public Security and Anti-terrorism, serving as counterpart to Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. In recognition of the role he played following 9/11, TIME Canada named him "2001 Newsmaker of the Year". 

After a 16-year career in politics, Mr. Manley returned to the private sector in 2004.

Since leaving government, Mr. Manley has continued to be active in public policy, as a media commentator, speaker and adviser to governments of differing political stripes.

In addition to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council, Mr. Manley serves on the boards of several publicly traded companies and is active in the not-for-profit sector.

An Officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Manley has received honorary doctorates from Carleton University and the universities of Ottawa, Toronto, Western Ontario and Windsor.




Bob Rae

Bob Rae is a senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, where he works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor, and negotiator.  He served as Ontario's 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995 and Interim Federal Leader of the Liberal Party in 2011- 2013.   He was named Queen's Counsel in 1984, appointed to the Privy Council of Canada in 1998, named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, received the Order of Ontario in 2004 and Companion of the Order of Canada in 2015.‎ In addition to his legal practice, Bob teaches at the University of Toronto as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG). He has also written five books, most recently "What's Happened to Politics". He has a regular column in the Globe and Mail and also does ADR work with ADR Chambers.




Christopher  Waddell 

Christopher Waddell is an associate professor and director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa. He also holds the school’s Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism.

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 in the 1988 federal election In the period from 1990-91 he was associate editor and then national editor of the paper.

He has won two National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and programs he supervised at CBC Television won six Gemini awards for television excellence.

He 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 in World War II.

With David Taras of Mount Royal University in Calgary he is the editor of and a contributor to How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics published in May 2012 by Athabaska University Press and How Canadians Communicate V: Sports to be published by Athabaska in 2014.




Rob Wright

Rob Wright served as Canadian Ambassador to China from 2005-2009. He served as Ambassador to Japan from 2001-2005.

From 1995-2001 he was Canadian Deputy Minister for International Trade.

Over his 38 years in public service in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade other appointments included:

  • Deputy Head of the Canadian Embassy in Washington,

  • Director General responsible for Canada-U.S. relations,

  • Deputy Head of the Canadian Delegation to the WTO Uruguay Round of Trade Negotiations, and,

  • Delegation to the GATT Tokyo Round of Trade Negotiations.

He has also served as a Director of Export Development Canada (EDC), Chairman of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Commissioner of the Northern Pipeline Agency. During his appointment in China he was concurrently accredited as Canadian Ambassador to Mongolia.

He was born in Montreal and attended McGill University.

He retired from public service in 2009.  In addition to enjoying retirement, he writes, lectures and consults on Canada’s relations with China and Japan and on Canada’s foreign and trade policies.


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