Key Staff Listing

Kelly J. Ogle - President
Colin Robertson - Vice President
David Perry - Vice President & Senior Analyst
Ian Brodie - Program Director
Adam Frost - Managing Editor & Program Coordinator
John Reyes - Research Assistant
Brittany Noppe - Events and Outreach Coordinator
Jared Maltais - Digital Coordinator


 

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Kelly J. Ogle

President

Kelly J. Ogle is a senior executive and scholar with more than 35 years of entrepreneurial experience covering several business sectors including oil and gas, agriculture, trucking, residential development and golf course construction and operations. He has also served as a board member for various corporations, both public and private and has experience in all committee types; health and safety, audit, compensation and corporate governance. Mr. Ogle has also Participated in the securing and disbursement of more than $1 Billion in debt and equity funding of oil and gas ventures, managed the clearing of numerous prospectuses, Annual Information Forms and Information Circulars.  As well, he has orchestrated the merger, acquisition, strategic alternatives processes and/or sale of numerous oil and gas corporations as CEO, President and/or Managing Director.

Additionally, for the past 25 years, Mr. Ogle has given numerous presentations to various sized groups as both an industry executive and scholar and has had several journal articles published.

Mr. Ogle is also the Chairman of the board of Silvera for Seniors, a Not For Profit organization in charge of over 1600 residences for low income senior Calgarians. He is also the former Chairman of the Board of Student Energy, a global non-profit organization creating a movement of young leaders committed to transitioning the world to a sustainable energy future.

Mr. Ogle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1978, a Masters of Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, in 2014 and in 2010 he earned the ICD.D designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. 

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Colin Robertson

Vice President

A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and hosts its regular Global Exchange podcast.  He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.  Robertson sits on the advisory councils of  the Johnson-Shoyama School of Public PolicyNorth  American Research Partnership, the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa and the Conference of Defence Associations Institute  He is an Honorary Captain (Royal Canadian Navy) assigned to the Strategic Communications Directorate. During his foreign service career, he served as first Head of the Advocacy Secretariat and Minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington and Consul General in Los Angeles, as Consul and Counsellor in Hong Kong and in New York at the UN and Consulate General. A member of the teams that negotiated the Canada-U.S. FTA and then the NAFTA, he is a member of the Deputy Minister of International Trade’s NAFTA Advisory Council and the North American Forum.  He writes on foreign affairs for  the Globe and Mail and he is a frequent contributor to other media. The Hill Times has named him as one of those that influence Canadian foreign policy, most recently in their 2018 'top forty'.

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David Perry

Vice President & Senior Analyst

Dr. David Perry is the Vice President, Senior Analyst and a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is the author of multiple publications related to defence budgeting, transformation and procurement, published with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Conference of Defence Associations Institute, Defence Studies, Comparative Strategy, International Journal, and Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and is a columnist for the Canadian Naval Review. He received his PhD in political science from Carleton University where his dissertation examined the link between defence budgeting and defence procurement. He is an adjunct professor at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary and a research fellow of the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University.  He was previously the Senior Security and Defence Analyst of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and Deputy Director of Dalhousie University’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies.  Embassy Magazine and The Hill Times named him one of the "Top 100 Influencing Canadian Foreign Policy” in 2014.

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Ian Brodie

Ian Brodie

Program Director

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.

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Adam Frost

Managing Editor & Program Coordinator

Adam Frost is the managing editor and program coordinator at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He graduated from the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary with a Master of Strategic Studies in 2016. Previously he completed a Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) and a Bachelor of Arts (History) at the University of Calgary.

During his studies, Adam spent a semester studying at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic; conducted research with the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency in the Upper East Region, Ghana; and undertook an internship in business development at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. He is also an avid cycle-tourist, having cycled from Vancouver, BC to St. John’s, NL in 2011.  

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John Reyes

Research Assistant

John Reyes is a Research Assistant at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, in Calgary. He is currently completing his Masters degree at the Centre for Military, Security, and Strategic Studies, at the University of Calgary. The topic of his Masters thesis research is the use of community-based police programs as a way to counter radicalization among youth and young adult populations. Previously, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology, also from the University of Calgary.

During his studies, John participated in a research field school in Ghana conducting a project focused on analyzing the feeding behaviour of local primate populations. He also participated in a research field school in the Yukon focused on the challenges of food security in the region at both the community and government policy level. In his spare time, John is an avid Olympic Weightlifter and Crossfitter, and regularly competes at local and out of province competitions.

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Brittany Noppe

Events and Outreach Coordinator

Brittany Noppe is the Events and Outreach Coordinator at The Canadian Global Affairs Institute. She recently completed a Master of Arts in Political Communication from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Her dissertation research focused on the extent of news framing in election coverage in the United Kingdom and Canada.  Prior to that, she worked in Consular Services at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. She also holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University. She tweets at @brittnoppe 

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Jared Maltais

Digital Coordinator

Jared Maltais is the Digital Coordinator at The Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Science, double majoring in Political Science and Criminology. Jared has worked with The Canadian Global Affairs Institute since 2014, and is also an active member of various youth-centred political organizations. He is a former Policy Director with the University of Ottawa Young Liberals, and has contributed to multiple election campaigns throughout the National Capital Region. Jared is originally from Sudbury, Ontario, where he acquired practical experience working with technology, social media, and web interfaces. He tweets @jared77 on Twitter.

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