Peter Holle - President
Peter Holle is the founding President of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, an award-winning western Canadian-based public policy think tank. Since its founding in 1997, Frontier has brought a distinctive and influential Prairie voice to regional and national debates over public policy in areas such as core public sector reform, housing, poverty, aboriginals, consumer-focused health care performance, equalization, rural policy and much more. Of the nearly 100 recognized think tanks in Canada, Frontier is one of only 5 to make the 2008 global “Go-To Think Tanks” list published by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.
Mr. Holle has worked extensively with public sector reform and has provided advisory services to various governments across Canada and the United States. His publications have appeared in various newspapers and journals including dozens of newspapers, the National Post and the Wall Street Journal. He has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a member of various organizations including the Mont Pelerin Society, an international organization of classical liberals.
David Leis - VP Development and Engagement
David is a long-time supporter of the Centre’s mission. He is passionate in his role about inviting and engaging a strong national community in support of the mission of the Frontier. He believes strongly in the importance of good Public Policy for the benefit of the lives of all Canadians.
He has served in a variety of senior leadership roles within industry, government, First Nations, and education. David studied at Waterloo, Ryerson, Toronto, and undertook his Masters in Public Policy at Queen’s University.
Rodney Clifton - Editor/Senior Fellow
Rodney Clifton is responsible for directing the Frontier Centre’s research program. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba.
He received his B.Ed and M.Ed. from the University of Alberta, his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and his Fil. Dr. from the University of Stockholm. In addition, he has been awarded a Spencer Fellowship from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, an Rh. Award from the University of Manitoba, an R.W.B. Jackson Research Award from the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association, and both an Edward Sheffield and a Distinguished Research Awards from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. He has written for numerous newspapers and journals, including the Canadian Journal of Education, Policy Options, Sociology of Education, the National Post, and the Winnipeg Free Press. His books include Socioeconomic Status, Attitudes, and Educational Performances: A Comparison of Students in England and New Zealand, Authority in Classrooms, Crosscurrents: Contemporary Canadian Educational Issues, and Recent Social Trends in Canada, 1960-2000. His most recent book, What’s Wrong With Our Schools and How We Can Fix Them, was published in 2010 and was written with Michael Zwaagstra and John Long.
Ian Madsen - Senior Policy Analyst
Ian Madsen, as an investment and financial analyst based in Surrey, BC, has extensive experience in portfolio and financial analysis.
Sophia Leis - Editorial Associate
Sophia Leis is a student currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science and considering a Masters in macroeconomics.
Throughout the years, she has been involved in several leadership positions both inside and outside the political sphere, including founding a debate team in secondary school and holding a seat on her local Electoral District board since 2016, alongside her local Member of Parliament, Ed Fast, after volunteering for his election campaign in 2015.
Sophia has been a contributing writer for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy since September 2022 and associate editor since January of this year.
Sophia writes primarily about politics, contemporary culture, economic policy and Indigenous issues, with which she has personal experience. She believes strongly in the principles of classical liberalism: freedom of thought, self-expression and open dialogue, and enjoys discussing topics like policy, philosophy, economics, religion and politics. Sophia hopes to become further involved in the public policy forum in the future to make the world a better place.
Brian Dale Giesbrecht
Brian Dale Giesbrecht received his education at United College and The University of Manitoba, where he obtained his LLB in 1972. He worked with Walsh, Micay, and Co., and then joined Legal Aid Manitoba in 1975 to become Senior Attorney and the first Area Director for western Manitoba in Brandon.
Appointed to The Provincial Court (Family Division) in 1976, he heard child welfare cases and general family matters until he transferred to the Criminal Division in 1989. During his career, he served on the National Family Court Committee and various provincial court committees. He was an Associate Chief Judge from 1991 to 2005, and he became Acting Chief Judge in 1993. Among the notable cases, he heard was the Lester Desjarlais Inquiry. His report strongly criticized the government’s decision to devolve child welfare responsibilities to racially-based child-care agencies. Following his retirement from the Bench in 2007, Mr. Giesbrecht has written extensively for various publications. His main theme has been the need to abolish The Indian Act and the separate systems of government that exist in Canada.
Philip Carl Salzman
Philip Carl Salzman received his B.A from Antioch College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and he served as Professor of Anthropology at McGill University from 1968 to 2018.
Wendell Cox is a Senior Fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy with expertise in housing affordability and municipal policy.
In addition, Wendell is Principal of Demographia, an international consultancy based in St. Louis, Missouri specializing in regional and municipal housing policy and related planning issues. The leading global authority on housing affordability and municipal policy, Wendell is co-author of the annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Index, which receives more than 1.3 million unique downloads each year. A former member of the Los Angeles Transportation Commission and Amtrak Reform Council, Wendell has consulted extensively on urban planning and transportation issues. He is the author of Toward More Prosperous Cities, a framing essay on the fundamental objectives of cities.
Susan Martinuk is a Vancouver-based Research and Communications Specialist who has been a featured columnist in Canadian newspapers for over 20 years. She has published over 1500 OpEd columns, articles, and reports on topics related to healthcare, medical technology, bioethics, and public policy. As a medical researcher, she and her colleagues achieved a world-first medical breakthrough when they were the first to visualize and record human ovulation.
Dr Marco Navarro-Génie received his education at the CEGEP de Saint-Laurent and Concordia University in Montreal, and at the University of Calgary, where he earned his doctorate. He taught at Mount Royal University, Saint Mary’s University, the University of Calgary, SAIT and Concordia University between 1993 and 2013. He is a senior fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and the President of the Haultain Research Institute, a prairie-focused public policy institute.
He is the former executive vice president at the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms and a former resident of Civitas. He served as the fourth president of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and as vice president of research at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy after his time in academe. He is a former board director of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development. Navarro-Génie writes and comments regularly on local and national media outlets about Alberta and Canadian public policy. His academic work focuses on radical revolutionary movements and cultural and political identity.
Kenneth P. Green
Kenneth P. Green, D.Env. promotes more effective, more efficient, more affordable, and especially, more freedom-friendly Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) policies across North America.
Ken has an extensive publication list of research studies, essays, opinion columns, curricular materials, and more. He has appeared often in most forms of media across North America, and he has testified before subcommittees of the US House, US Senate, and the Canadian House of Commons and Senate.
Over his 25 years in the policy world, Ken has been privileged to work with a number of freedom-friendly institutions in the United States and Canada, including the Reason Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Pacific Research Institute; the Frontier Center for Public Policy and the Fraser Institute. Ken is currently a Senior Fellow of the Frontier Center for Public Policy, studying the corruption of risk assessment that has badly harmed North American society, and what can be done to fix it.
From 1985-89, Leighton attended Augustana University in Camrose before transferring to the University of Alberta to complete his B.A. (Distinction) with dual majors in English Literature & History. He was awarded an essay prize in Ethics in 1988 and received the Louise McKinney Scholarship, awarded to Alberta students with the top 2% of GPA in the Province. Leighton was awarded the prestigious Legal Studies For Aboriginal People Scholarship from 1989-92, which is a national prize presented to only 10 students each year. He received early acceptance to the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 1988 and graduated in 1992. Leighton also pursued post-graduate degrees in Business Administration (2017) and his Ph.D. (Philosophy).
Leighton began his legal career with the Federal Department of Justice, where he completed his Articles of Clerkship in 1993 before taking a hiatus to play minor league pro hockey with The Daytona Beach Sun Devils. In 1995, Leighton resumed the full-time practice of law. In 2005, Leighton founded his current practice. Leighton was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2004 and to the Law Society of British Columbia in 2014. Leighton has conducted hundreds of trials before Alberta Courts, and has for many years been considered one of the top criminal trial lawyers in Alberta. he has served as mentor or principal to eight articling students, two of whom went on to become Partners in GWSLLP. Leighton is also a Qualified Mediator and Arbitrator and is a member of the ADR Institute of Canada. He served as an Adjudicator in Law Society Disciplinary Hearings from 2015-2020. Leighton was made Queen’s Counsel in 2010 and was then the youngest lawyer in Alberta to hold that prestigious designation. He was the recipient of the 2013 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award, the 2015 Legal Aid Society Access to Justice Award, and the 2019 Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Gary J. Bigg Justice & Humanitarian Award.
Leighton was born in Regina Saskatchewan and grew up in the Kensington community of north Edmonton. Leighton is a status Indian whose Great Grandfather was once the Hereditary Chief of the Carry The Kettle or Jack Band at Sintaluta, SK. Leighton’s grandmother and great aunt were both survivors of the notorious Brandon Indian Residential School. Leighton’s father is a Treaty Indian who spent over two decades helping indigenous youth transition out of urban gangs and was the founder of The Spiritkeeper Youth Society. Leighton excelled in sports and academics, graduating with honours from Queen Elizabeth Composite High School in 1985, where he scored the highest mark in the Province on the Social Studies departmental final examination and was awarded the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship. He also played Bantam and Midget AAA hockey with the Canadian Athletic Club.
Leighton was heavily involved in the original IRS Class Action from 2004-2016 and represented hundreds of claimants in the ADR process that was part of the settlement which culminated in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of two sons who attend Rink Hockey Academy in Kelowna, B.C. Their family is also a proud owner and supporter of the Drayton Valley Thunder Junior A Hockey Club.
Gerry Bowler grew up in Saskatoon and earned his first two academic degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.
He received his Ph.D. in History from King’s College, London with a dissertation on Protestant political theory of the Tudor period. He is a historian with eclectic interests. His writings range from academic texts on sixteenth-century Europe to the connection between Aristotle and professional wrestling. He is the only historian whose work is included in both The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture and The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. He was the founder of The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Popular Culture at Calgary’s Canadian Nazarene College and taught for 25 years at the University of Manitoba. Bowler is the editor of Music from Within: A Biography of Sophie Eckhardt-Gramatté (University of Manitoba Press, 1985) and The World’s Greatest Christmas Stories (Theodosian Press, 2016); and the author of Europe in the Sixteenth Century, second edition, (Longman, 1989), The World Encyclopedia of Christmas (McClelland and Stewart, 2000), God and The Simpsons: The Spirituality of Springfield, (Dare: 2001), Santa Claus: A Biography (McClelland and Stewart, 2005), Christmas in the Crosshairs: Two Thousand Years of Denouncing and Defending the World’s Most Celebrated Holiday, (Oxford University Press: 2016) and The Kindly Curmudgeon (Theodosian Press, 2016).
David MacKinnon, a native of Prince Edward Island, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours economics) from Dalhousie University and an MBA from York University.
He was awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and York University to study at York, Harvard, and Oxford Universities as well as the European Institute of Business Studies. Mr. MacKinnon served as Director, Planning and Economics and Executive Director, Development Strategy in the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development from 1976 to 1981. He later served in several senior capacities in the Ontario Public Service, the Bank of Montreal, and as CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association from 1996 to 2003. Mr. MacKinnon is a Public Member of the Council of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons and is the Chair of its Finance Committee and a member of its Executive, Complaints, and Outreach committees. He serves on several Boards of Directors, including the West Park Health Centre. He recently finished his five-year term on the Standards Council of Canada and was subsequently elected to the board of the Canadian Standards Association. He has advised the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and other Ontario organizations on fiscal federalism issues particularly on the impact of regional subsidies on recipient and source provinces.
Frances Widdowson is a Senior Fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and Associate Professor in the Department in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. Frances Widdowson received an Honours B.A. and M.A. in political science at the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. in political science from York University.
She has taught at a number of universities in Ontario and the Maritimes and worked for five years as a policy analyst for the Government of the Northwest Territories. Frances uses a political economy perspective in her research on aboriginal and environmental policy, as well as the politics of religion. Her most recent publication (co-written with Albert Howard), Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation, was short-listed for the Donner Prize. She is currently working on another book (also with Albert Howard) on the social effects of religion.
Frank Atkins recently retired as Associate Professor of Economics from the University of Calgary.
Dr. Patrick Moore is a Senior Fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy with expertise in energy, ecology, and prosperity.
Roland Renner, Telecom Policy and Regulation, has worked in telecommunications, broadcasting, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
He has participated in the transition of telecommunications and broadcasting from monopoly to competitive policy and regulatory environments and has been involved in numerous regulatory proceedings. He held management positions at Bell Canada and Telesat Canada. As a consultant he worked with PwC Consulting and Nordicity Group, he advised clients on new market opportunities in a changing regulatory climate. He has worked for both public and private sector clients in Canada, Germany, Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.
Joseph Quesnel is a research associate at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. He received a BA honours in political science and history from McGill University and completed a Master of Journalism degree at Carleton University. Quesnel has over 15 years of experience in print journalism including over three years as a lead staff writer at the Drum/First Perspective, a national Aboriginal publication.
For almost 10 years, Quesnel was a policy analyst at the Frontier Centre where he wrote widely on Indigenous, property rights, and water market issues. He was the lead researcher for the Frontier Centre’s flagship Aboriginal Governance Index and he completed an extensive study of the B.C. Nisga’a Nation. Quesnel’s work has been featured in numerous Canadian radio and newspapers outlets. He has been called to provide expert testimony before the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples and the House’s Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. Joseph also served as a program manager at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, overseeing their Indigenous resource economy project.
Fergus Hodgson is the executive editor of Econ Americas, a publication and consultancy devoted to the economics of the Americas. In addition, he is a columnist with the Epoch Times, a podcaster and roving editor with Gold Newsletter, and an English-language advisor with Cedice Libertad of Venezuela.
Previously, he was the founding editor in chief of the PanAm Post and the director of fiscal policy studies for the John Locke Foundation in North Carolina. A triple citizen who has lived in eight countries, his articles have appeared in major outlets in Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, including the Halifax Chronicle Herald, National Business Review, and Fox News. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Boston University, a graduate diploma in political science from the University of Waikato, a certificate in Cuban history from the University of Miami, and the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) at the B2 level. As a rower, he represented New Zealand at the under-21 level, received an athletic scholarship to attend Boston University, and won the senior single-sculls national title.
Randy Boldt is an experienced immigration practitioner and licensed immigration consultant.
Expert Advisory Panel
David Beito is an associate professor of history at the University of Alabama. Much of his research has focused on the history of the non-governmental provision of public services.
He wrote Taxpayers in Revolt: Tax Resistance during the Great Depression (1989), From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fratermal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967 (2000), and edited The Voluntary City: Choice Community, and Civil Society (2002). He has also published articles in the Journal of Urban History, Critical Review, the Journal of Policy History, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and the Journal of Southern History. He is currently writing (with his co-author Professor Linda Royster Beito of Stillman College), a biography of Dr. T.R.M. Howard, a black civil rights pioneer, entrepreneur, and mutual aid leader. He was recently appointed Chairman of the Alabama State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He contributes to the Liberty and Power Group Blog at the History News Network (http://hnn.us/blogs/4.html). Professor Beito, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Sir Roger Douglas
Sir Roger Douglas was Finance Minister in New Zealand’s Labour Government from 1984 to 1988.
Johan Hjertqvist is the founder and president of the Health Consumer Powerhouse based in Stockholm, the European do-tank for better healthcare by consumer information and knowledge.
E.S. Savas is a Presidential Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York.
He has B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Chicago, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, and honorary doctorate degrees from two European universities
Graham Lane is a retired CA and has had a multifaceted career spanning almost 50 years in the public and private sectors of seven provinces as a Senior Executive and Consultant.
Board of Directors
Wayne Anderson - Chair
Wayne Anderson was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, an appropriate degree: after he earned his MBA from York University in 1968 he became actively involved in his family’s cattle operation.
Peter Holle - President
Peter Holle is the founding President of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, an award-winning western Canadian-based public policy think tank.
Cheryl Simpson - Treasurer
Cheryl Simpson is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration.
Ivan Holloway - Secretary
Ivan is a partner at the Winnipeg law firm of Gange Collins Holloway and specializes in construction law, construction litigation and commercial litigation.
John Heimbecker - Director
John Heimbecker has been a Vice President at Parrish & Heimbecker since 1999. He graduated from MacMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) in 1987.
Russell Kalmacoff - Director
Mr Kalmacoff is President and CEO of Rockmount Financial Corporation, a Calgary-based company that manages investments, develops real estate, and has interests in downstream cleantech. Its subsidiary, Rockmount Trust Company has a business plan directed at mortgage banking services for builders and developers.
Clay Dowling - Director
Clay Dowling is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ghost Transportation Services. Prior to forming Ghost Transportation Services in 1987, Mr. Dowling spent 14 years in the transportation industry in a variety of roles from Professional Transport Operator to Regional Management.
Mr. Dowling’s past involvements in business community groups include: Past President of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Board member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for 4 years, Past President of the Saskatoon Transportation Club, AHRDC committee member, Member to ACRE (Action Committee on the Rural Economy) on both the Monitoring Committee and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, committee member to the Prairie-2 Ports Gateway and Inland Port undertaking. President of the North Saskatoon Business Association; twice, Board member of Saskatoon Regional Economic Development authority, charter member of TEC Group 246(The Executive Committee), Public Appointee to the Board of Governors of the Certified General Accountants Association of Saskatchewan, Public Appointee to the Board of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan, Committee member of HR & Nominating Committee of CPA Saskatchewan.
Mr. Dowling was awarded the 2000 Transportation Award of Achievement, for Initiative and Innovation, recognized as a Saskatchewan Man of Influence in 2006 and 2010 by “Sask Business Magazine”, and inducted into the “Saskatchewan Transportation Hall of Fame in 2008 and recognized as “Saskatchewan Business Leader of the Year” at the 2009 Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Awards and in 2013 presented the Shirley Ryan Lifetime Achievement Award by the NSBA.
Mr. Dowling earned his Professional Logistician, (P.Log.) designation in 2011.
Kenneth J. Muys - Director
Mr. Muys is a partner with the firm and has been with D’Arcy & Deacon since 2002. He practices in a broad range of civil litigation cases and has significant experience in creditors and debtor law, bankruptcy and insolvency law, construction law, insurance law and employment law. He has appeared in all levels of court in Manitoba and the Federal Court of Canada as well as before various boards and tribunals. Mr. Muys also has an active real estate practice and achieved the highest standing in Real Estate Transactions at the University of Manitoba Law School.
Mr. Muys was also a lecturer for seven years at the University of Manitoba Law School in the first-year clinical course of
Legal Methods which emphasizes oral advocacy skills. Mr. Muys has also been a lecturer in the second-year clinical course
of Introduction to Advocacy at the University of Manitoba Law School.
Chris Bloomer - Director
Chris is Director and co-founder of Enhanced Optimization Solutions Inc. (“EOSinc”) a private energy technology company with proven proprietary production enhancement and emission reduction processes. From 2015 to 2021 he was the President, CEO and Director of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association a leading and respected advocate for the oil and gas industry.
As CEO and director of Connacher oil and Gas Ltd from 2013 to 2015, he headed a $1.5 billion restructuring of the oil sands company while growing production. From 2001 to 2013 Chris was a key executive of Petrobank Energy and Resources fulfilling key roles in his tenure as Senior Vice President and COO and CFO from 2004 to 2007. Petrobank operated conventional oil and gas business units in Canada and Colombia as well as Canadian oil sands and became a leading energy company on the TSX.
Other positions include Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry where he conducted senior executive retain search in domestic and international oil and gas, technology and financial sectors; Co-Founder, President and COO Of Talon Resources an Ecuadorian and Colombia mid-stream project development operation in conjunction with PacAlta Resources; Senior Vice President and COO of Castle Energy Corporation’s Canadian crude marketing and US exploration, natural gas production and pipelines.
Chris began his career, after graduating from the University of Toronto in earth sciences with Shell Canada Ltd. from 1978 to 1993. He moved with increasing responsibility from exploration, economics, corporate planning, oil sands development and operations and natural gas marketing, culminating in the role of Director Liquids Business Center. In this role he was responsible for crude oil and liquid natural gas marketing and business development.
Chris has extensive board of director experience having served on 13 public and private boards in various capacities including Chairman.
Nick Beyak - Director
Nick Beyak is a Canadian entrepreneur and president of the Beyak Automotive Group. After attaining his Bachelor of Business Administration, he began working alongside his father to understand and operate the family auto dealership. At a very young age Nick purchased the business and has since expanded by acquiring several other dealerships within Northwestern Ontario.
Nick has dedicated himself to creating a positive workplace that allows his staff to thrive and prosper as a result of their dedication and loyalty. The Beyak Automotive Group and its affiliated companies regularly re-invest in the communities that they do business in by providing financial support to local organizations and community projects. Nick takes great pride in the ability to make a difference for children and families in the area by supporting activities and events that will enhance their personal lives.
As an entrepreneur, Nick recognizes the need for good stewardship and wise management in all aspects of society. He believes this can be achieved by supporting and encouraging good governance while at the same time holding leaders accountable. Throughout his career, Nick has helped provide leadership and oversight by actively volunteering in various community, professional, and municipal organizations.