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Advisory Council

Rona Ambrose

Jean Charest

Laura Dawson

Bruce Donaldson

Madelaine Drohan

Richard Fadden

Meredith Lilly

Janice MacKinnon

Jack Mintz

Kathleen Monk

John Manley (Chair)
Jeffrey Simpson
Brad Wall


Rona Ambrose

The Honourable Rona Ambrose is a dynamic national leader, a champion for the rights of women and girls, former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons and former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Rona knows politics. She successfully rose to lead the largest political party in Canada. After her tenure as leader, the Conservative Party has the highest membership in its history and is viewed as competitive, more modern and inclusive. Rona is proud to be the first leader of the Party to march in a gay pride parade. Pundits say "Rona made it look effortless", accomplishing all of this while also being named the most civil parliamentarian.

Rona knows policy. As a key member of the federal cabinet for a decade, Rona solved problems as a minister of the crown across nine government departments, including serving as Vice Chair of the Treasury Board for several years and chair of the cabinet committee for public safety, justice and aboriginal issues. As a self proclaimed 'policy geek', Rona is personally responsible for the development of several federal policies, ranging from industrial strategies in military procurement to health innovation to improvements to sexual assault laws. Rona is a determined public policy expert who understands that government actions can have a real impact on families and businesses across the country.

As a proud Westerner, Rona is keenly aware of the domestic political, geopolitical and policy forces affecting the energy sector. As the former environment minister responsible for the GHG regulatory regime in place across several industrial sectors today, she understands the challenges facing the fossil fuel industry.

She is a passionate advocate for women in Canada and around the world and led the global movement to create the “International Day of the Girl” at the United Nations. She has spent her life passionately fighting for disadvantaged women and girls. She is responsible for ensuring that aboriginal women in Canada were finally granted equal matrimonial rights. She successfully fought for the creation of a Canadian refugee program to bring Yazidi women and girls who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS to safety in Canada.

When she’s not working (which is rare), Rona is usually found with hiking boots making her way up to the summit. In addition to serving as an independent corporate director, Rona is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington DC focusing on key Canada US bilateral trade and competitiveness issues. Rona has received many meaningful awards for her advocacy and public policy over the last decade.



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.

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.dawsonstrat.com
Twitter: @dawsonstrategic
LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/laura-dawson/13/2b/b12



Bruce Donaldson

Vice-Admiral (Retired) Bruce Donaldson served for 36 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Royal Canadian Naval Officer. During this busy career, he travelled over most of Canada, and much of the world, in a variety of operational and management roles.

Bruce was the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from July 2010 until his retirement in September 2013. As VCDS, and second in command of the Canadian Armed Forces, he not only commanded the VCDS Group, with its varied and wide-ranging mandate, but was also responsive to the Deputy Minister and Chief of Defence Staff for corporate matters.

During his time as VCDS, Bruce was directly involved in managing the full spectrum of the defence institution. He led the development and execution of the twenty-plus billion dollar Defence Services Programme, and the long range strategic and capability planning for the institution. He was central to the planning and implementation of several phases of defence renewal and transformation, working closely with leaders in DND and the CAF. He also directed and oversaw the security and policing functions in DND and the CAF, and worked at the highest levels across the institution and government in major procurement, personnel and financial management, and the resolution of conflict, problems and issues.

Prior to his appointment as VCDS, Bruce commanded Canada Command in the crucial period during which were held the 2010 Vancouver Games and the G8/G20 summits. Previous to that, he had spent 18 months as Director of the Strategic Joint Staff - the operations manager for the CAF - and two years in command of the Canadian Pacific Fleet. His earlier command appointments include the frigate HMCS VANCOUVER, the Sea Training Staff on the West Coast, and the destroyer HMCS ATHABASKAN, while
flagship for the Canadian Atlantic Fleet.

Bruce holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a Masters of Arts in International Relations and Maritime Strategic Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is a graduate of both the Command and Staff Course and the National Security Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He is also a member of the initial cadre of the Senior Leadership Programme run by the Canada School of Public Service.

Since retiring from the CAF and relocating to Victoria BC, Bruce has worked with CFN Consultants, a leading consultancy firm specializing in defence and security issues. He is also one of two Board-appointed members of the Royal Roads University Board of Governors, and he chairs the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Greater Victoria. When he is not engaged in these pursuits, he spends time on the water in his sailboat, in the garden pulling out weeds, and on the golf links losing balls. He is a student of Tai Chi
and classical guitar.



Madelaine Drohan

Madelaine Drohan is a senior fellow at the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. She is an award-winning writer, editor, trainer and veteran journalist. During her career, she covered business and politics in Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia, culminating with a 13-year stint as Canada correspondent for The Economist.

Her book, Making a Killing: How and why corporations use armed force to do business, was published by Random House in Canada and The Lyons Press in the US. It won the Ottawa Book Award and was short-listed for the National Business Book of the Year. She is the author of The 9 Habits of Highly Successful Resource Economies: Lessons for Canada, a 2012 research report for the Canadian International Council.

Her fellowships and awards include the Reuters Fellowship at the University of Oxford (1998), the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism (2001), the Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership media fellowship (2004-2005) and the Prime Ministers of Canada fellowship (2015-2016).

She has been a volunteer director for the North-South Institute, Transparency International Canada and Partnership Africa Canada, where she was also president.



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.



Meredith Lilly

Meredith Lilly is an Associate Professor at Carleton University where she holds the Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs focused on trade policy. Dr. Lilly is a national award-winning researcher with extensive experience in public policy development and executive branch decision making. She previously served as Foreign Affairs and International Trade Advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and oversaw within the Prime Minister’s Office the conclusion of Canada’s free-trade negotiations with the European Union, South Korea, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership among other files. Her current research is focused on international labour mobility and Canada-US trade relations. She is also a frequent media commentator on North American trade relations and the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).



Janice MacKinnon

Janice MacKinnon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the Order of Canada, and a former Saskatchewan Finance Minister. She has a PhD and M.A. from Queen’s University and an Honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario She is the author of three books, The Liberty We Seek published by Harvard University Press, While the Women Only Wept and Minding the Public Purse and she has written many articles on public policy issues.  She has also served as the Chair of the Board of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, a board member of the Canada West Foundation and is currently an advisor to the Eco-Fiscal Commission. Between 1991 and 2001 she was a cabinet minister in Saskatchewan and held various portfolios including Minister of Finance, Minister of Social Services, Minister of Economic Development, and Government House leader.  During her tenure as Finance Minister Saskatchewan became the first government in Canada to balance its budget in the 1990s.  She is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy and Professor of fiscal policy at the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. She also provides commentary and analysis of Canadian fiscal issues, health policy and politics.   She was a member of the National Task Force on Financial Literacy.  She also served as Chair of Canada’s Economic Advisory Council from 2010 to 2015.  In 2013, she was chosen as one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence.



Jack Mintz

Dr. Jack M. Mintz is the President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary after serving as the Palmer Chair and founding Director from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2015.

He also serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited and Morneau Shepell and is the National Policy Advisor for Ernst & Young. Since October 2018, he has also become a Senior Fellow, Massey College in Toronto.

Dr. Mintz held the position of Professor of Business Economics at the Rotman School of Business from 1989-2007 and Department of Economics at Queen’s University, Kingston, 1978-89. He was a Visiting Professor, New York University Law School, 2007; President and CEO of the C. D. Howe Institute from 1999-2006; Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance, Ottawa; and Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Management, University of Toronto, 1993 – 1995. He was founding Editor-in-Chief of International Tax and Public Finance, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers from 1994 – 2001.

He chaired the federal government’s Technical Committee on Business Taxation in 1996 and 1997 that led to corporate tax reform in Canada since 2000. He also served on numerous panels and boards at the federal and provincial levels including Vice-President and chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 2012-2018.

Dr. Mintz has consulted widely with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, federal and provincial governments in Canada, and various businesses and non-profit organizations in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Mintz became a member of the Order of Canada in 2015 as well as receiving the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to the Canadian tax policy community.



Kathleen Monk

Kathleen Monk is a Principal with Earnscliffe Strategy Group, and is a senior strategic communications and campaign strategist with over 15 years of experience in media, politics and the not-for-profit sector. She is trusted by political and business leaders to navigate complex public strategy issues, and excels at bringing together diverse stakeholders to tell authentic stories that deliver results.

A prominent and highly sought media commentator on politics and public affairs, Kathleen appears regularly on CBC The National’s preeminent political panel, The Insiders, and has been named one of the 100 most influential people in government and politics by The Hill Times.

She was the founding Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute, a progressive organization focused on public policy and training. Prior to that, she served as Director of Strategic Communications for former NDP leader Jack Layton. Before entering her career in politics, Kathleen worked in newsrooms in Toronto, Ottawa and Washington, D.C.

Kathleen holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics, where she was awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the British Council and holds an Honours BA from Trent University. She remains an active volunteer with Equal Voice where she focuses on how to field, nurture and promote more women candidates to every level of political office in Canada.


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.



Jeffrey Simpson

Jeffrey Simpson is the most decorated journalist in Canada. An Officer of the Order of Canada, he also received eight honorary doctorates and numerous national writing awards, including the Governor-General’s Prize and the Donner Prize for the best book on public policy, the National Newspaper Award (twice) and the National Magazine Award. He also won the Hyman Soloman Award for public policy journalism, the Arthur Kroeger Award for contributions to public policy, and the Charles Lynch prize for coverage of national politics.

For 32 years, his national affairs column in The Globe and Mail was essential reading for decision-makers and informed Canadians across the country. In that column, and in hundreds of public speeches and lectures, he ranged over an enormous number of domestic and international issues, from politics to health-care, from climate-change to economic and fiscal policy, to Canadian-American relations and the Middle East. In addition to making presentations at conferences here and abroad, he moderated many conferences. He retired from column-writing at The Globe and Mail in mid-2016, but continues to be invited to speak at or preside over conferences across Canada.

He has written eight books, numerous magazine articles, appeared regularly on television in English and French, and was a guest lecturer at such universities as Oxford, Edinburgh, Harvard, Princeton, Brigham Young, California and more than a dozen universities in Canada. He has been a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California; a Skelton-Clark Fellow and Brockington Visitor at Queen’s university; a distinguished visitor at the University of Alberta; and a member of the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar. He appeared frequently in English and French on television and radio.

He has been a member of the board of trustees of Queen’s University, the board of overseers of Green College, University of British Columbia; the advisory councils of the Robarts Medical Research Institute and the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western university; and the editorial board of the Queen’s Quarterly. He was vice-chairman of the City of Ottawa Library Board and was awarded the William Watkinson Award for outstanding contributions to the Canadian library community.

Jeffrey has taught as an adjunct professor at the Queen’s University Institute of Policy Studies and the University of Ottawa Law School. He is senior fellow at the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He was a juror for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction books in 2008 and for the Cundill Prize for history in 2011, 2012 and 2017. He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.



Brad Wall

Brad Wall served as the 14th Premier of Saskatchewan. Winning majorities in 2007, 2011 and 2016 he was Premier for 10 years until retiring from politics in early 2018.

Under Wall’s leadership, the Saskatchewan party secured over 60% of the popular vote in both 2011 and 2016, the highest vote percentages in Saskatchewan history.

Wall’s government implemented an ambitious goal-oriented growth plan in 2007, updated in 2012. The plan focused the government on competitive taxes (historic reductions in income tax, property tax and small business tax), effective but efficient regulations, balanced labor laws, historic and strategic infrastructure investment, diversification through innovation (first ever patent box innovation tax incentive in North America), as well as international engagement and export promotion.

At the end of Wall’s tenure there were 60,000 more jobs in Saskatchewan, 160,000 more people, a 46% increase in exports including an 84% increase in merchandise exports, and a 123% increase in wholesale trade.

During this decade of growth Saskatchewan also earned its first ever AAA credit rating which it maintained through a difficult and prolonged commodity price down cycle. The government also paid down its operating debt by $1 billion and had the second lowest debt-to-GDP ratio in the country.

Wall credits the people, the private sector, and the natural resources strength of Saskatchewan for its transformation into a ‘have’ province whose economy is forecast by RBC to lead the country in growth in 2018 and 2019. He believes, however, that government policies are key to
setting the tone and creating the right environment for sustained economic growth.

He has often said that growth is not an end in itself. Rather it is the quality of life that is supported by a strong economy and a strong but competitive tax base that should be the goal.

Wall’s government used the strength of sustained growth to transform the longest wait times for surgery into among the shortest in Canada though private sector innovations, eliminated a waitlist for group homes spaces for the intellectually disabled, built 40 new and replacement schools and funded the construction of the Children’s Hospital - a first for Saskatchewan.

Brad is married to Tami, a Civil Engineer, who is involved in leadership roles with the Red Cross and in local music. They have 3 grown children and live in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Brad is a music lover ...outlaw country music, Cash and Elvis top his list. He may or may not own Waylon Jennings’ 1973 Eldorado.



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