STAFF

Peter Holle
President

Phone: (204) 957-1567 ext.101
Email: peter.holle@fcpp.org
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.

Rodney Clifton
VP – Research

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, a Rh. Award from the University of Manitoba, a 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.

Gerard Lucyshyn
Senior Research Fellow

Gerard Lucyshyn is an economist, teaching in Department of Economics, Political Science, and Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University and at St. Mary’s University College since 2005. His teaching areas include Globalization, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Engineering Economics, and Business Economics. Gerard’s areas of academic specialization include fiscal policy, monetary policy, and economic/trade legislation. He has written several articles on a variety of topics, including municipal, provincial, federal and international political issues, small business and community topics. Complementing his academia experience with private sector business and volunteer board experiences, Gerard has served on numerous university, community, and public boards. His private sector engagements include business consultant, economic consultant, litigation consultant, presenter, and a moderator.

Ian Madsen, MBA, CFA
Senior Policy Analyst

Ian Madsen, as an investment and financial analyst based in Surrey, BC, has extensive experience in portfolio and financial analysis. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MBA in Finance from the University of Toronto. He has managed institutional investment portfolios, lectured at colleges, managed investment research operations, in North America and overseas, and developed complex financial valuation models. He also ran his own investment counselling firm and advisory newsletter. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a former president of the Saskatchewan and Edmonton CFA Societies. Past projects for the Frontier Centre have included valuations of SaskTel, SaskPower, ATB Financial, and SaskEnergy.

Joseph Quesnel
Research Associate

Joseph Quesnel is a research associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. A Northern Ontarian by background, Joseph now lives in Antigonish in eastern Nova Scotia with his wife Melanie. Joseph is also Quebec Metis by heritage and interested in Indigenous issues, in particular effective governance and economic development. He is also a senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, where he writes mainly on Aboriginal issues. He is a graduate of McGill University, where he majored in political science and history, specializing in constitutional law and process. For several years, Joseph sat on the editorial board for C2C Journal, an online public affairs publication. For almost 10 years, Joseph worked as a full-time policy analyst with the Prairie-based Frontier Centre for Public Policy, where he worked mainly on Aboriginal issues, but also on property rights and water market issues. Joseph led the Frontier Centre’s Aboriginal Governance Index, an annual barometer of perceptions of quality of governance and services on Prairie First Nations. For this Index, Joseph helped develop the opinion survey distributed to band members and travelled extensively to Prairie reserves. He also led a major study on the self-governing Nisga’a Nation in 2010. Joseph also produced Canada’s first Property Rights Index, that measures property rights protections in all 10 provinces and three territories. Joseph’s work has been published in newspapers all across Canada, including the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun, the Calgary Herald, the Edmonton Journal, the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen, the Chronicle-Herald, the Telegraph Journal, as well as many other newspapers.

Expert Advisory Panel

David Beito
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 The Voluntary City: Choice Community, and Civil Society (2002). He has also published articles in 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. Sir Roger was responsible for one of the most comprehensive restructuring program ever attempted by a government anywhere. The program included cutting income tax rates in half, deregulating wide sectors of the New Zealand economy, ending farm and business subsidies, and restructuring and privatizing most state owned enterprises. Most significantly, Sir Roger overhauled the operating philosophy of government agencies and departments to make them run as competition-oriented, bottom line business enterprises that are fully accountable for resources they receive from taxpayers. Sir Roger retired from politics in 1990 and now operates an international consulting firm based from Auckland, New Zealand where he lives. In 2008 he was re-elected to the New Zealand parliament with the party he founded, the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers. See more at www.rogerdouglas.org.nz. 

Johan Hjertqvist
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. Before the Powerhouse, Mr. Hjertqvist was the manager of Timbro Health Policy Unit, a division of the Timbro Policy Group in Stockholm, Sweden. Mr. Hjertqvist has a background in health care policy and welfare entrepreneurial activities. Beginning in 1999 he led a four-year project to analyze the transformation of health care in the Stockholm region which resulted in three comprehensive reports. His “The Stockholm Health Care Revolution” published in 2000 is an internationally well-known inspiration to reform. During the 1990’s, Mr. Hjertqvist played an active role in the transition of internal market ideas to a number of countries, UK, Norway and Canada not the least. Mr. Hjertqvist has also acted as an advisor to the Greater Stockholm Council, specializing in market infrastructures where purchasers and providers can meet and the focus of his projects between 1995 – 99 was on creating new arenas where private health care entrepreneurs and contractors could come together to strengthen the impact of market pluralism. Mr. Hjertqvist has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Stockholm and is a member of international health care networks and institutions such as the Stockholm Network in London and the Centre for the New Europe in Brussels and also serves on the Board of Research Advisors at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. 

E.S. Savas
E.S. Savas is Presidential Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is the author of fifteen books and over 130 articles; his books have been published in 23 foreign editions. He is an internationally known pioneer in, and authority on, privatization. He served as First Deputy City Administrator of New York, appointed by Mayor John V. Lindsay, and as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, appointed by President Ronald Reagan. He also served as a councilman in his suburban town. He was a professor of public management at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and taught in Baruch’s Department of Management, where he also served for eight years as chairman.
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
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. In the public sector, before concluding his career as the Chairman of the PUB, he consulted for three provincial governments and was employed by four provinces. In Manitoba, he was the CEO of Credit Union Central, bringing in online banking, a Vice-President of Public Investments of Manitoba, the interim President of MPI, reorganizing the corporation after its massive losses of 1986, a Vice-President of the University of Winnipeg, and the CEO of the WCB, restructuring the insurer and returning it to solvency. His experience with Crown Corporations go well beyond Manitoba, he was the Comptroller of Saskatchewan’s Crown Investments Corporation, and a consultant reviewing government auto insurance in BC and workers compensation in Nova Scotia. He received the gold medal in Philosophy as an undergraduate, and a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International for excellence in vocational service. Throughout his career, and wherever he worked, consulted or volunteered, he maintained an external objectivity.

Senior Fellows

Tom Adams
Senior Fellow

Tom Adams is an independent energy and environmental advisor. He has held a variety of senior responsibilities including Executive Director of Energy Probe from 1996 until 2007, membership on the Ontario Independent Electricity Market Operator Board of Directors, and membership on the Ontario Centre for Excellence for Energy Board of Management. He has been a media commentator for over 20 years. His guest columns have appeared in most major Canadian newspapers. He has been a lecturer in energy studies at University of Toronto and has published several peer-reviewed papers in a range of fields. He has presented expert testimony before many regulatory tribunals in Canada on gas and electricity-related subjects. He has made presentations to Legislative Committees in Ontario and New Brunswick, academic, regulatory and trade conferences, the Atomic Energy Control Board, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. His profile appears in the Canadian Who’s Who.

Frank Atkins
Senior Fellow

Frank Atkins recently retired as Associate Professor of Economics from the University of Calgary. Dr. Atkins spent two years at the Bank of Canada as an Economic Analyst. In 1981, he left the Bank of Canada to further his studies in economics at Queen’s University. Dr. Atkins then joined University of Calgary where he taught for more than 30 years. During his tenure, Dr. Atkins had the privilege of supervising the Master of Arts (Economics) thesis of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As well as publishing many articles in leading economic journals, Dr. Atkins is a frequent commentator on macroeconomics and policy issues for the major national networks.Dr. Atkins then joined University of Calgary where he taught for more than 30 years. During his tenure, Dr. Atkins had the privilege of supervising the Master of Arts (Economics) thesis of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As well as publishing many articles in leading economic journals, Dr. Atkins is a frequent commentator on macroeconomics and policy issues for the major national networks.

Mary-Jane Bennett
Senior Fellow

Mary-Jane Bennett is a Senior Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Ms. Bennett is a lawyer and an established transportation consultant. She began her career with the Ontario Ministry of Justice and has since practiced law in Manitoba and British Columbia. In 1997, Bennett received an appointment by the Governor in-Council to the newly formed Canadian Transportation Agency where she was involved in a broad range of transportation issues, including grain freight issues. Mary-Jane Bennett served as a Board Member with the Canadian Transportation Agency from 1998 to 2007.

Wendell Cox
Senior Fellow

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.

David MacKinnon
Senior Fellow

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 my 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.

Patrick Moore
Senior Fellow
Dr. Patrick Moore is a Senior Fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy with expertise in energy, ecology and prosperity. He has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 40 years. Dr. Moore is a Co-Founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. Following his time with Greenpeace, Dr. Moore joined the Forest Alliance of BC where he worked for ten years to develop the Principles of Sustainable Forestry that have now been adopted by much of the industry. Today, Dr. Moore focuses on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. In 2013 he published Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout – The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist, which documents his 15 years with Greenpeace and outlines his vision for a sustainable future.

Roland Renner
Senior Fellow

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.

Michael C. Zwaagstra
Senior Fellow

Michael Zwaagstra has extensive teaching experience at a variety of grade levels and currently teaches high school social studies in a Manitoba public school. He received his BEd, PBCE, and MEd (Educational Administration) from the University of Manitoba and his MA (Theological Studies) from Liberty University. As an educator, Michael is a strong proponent of raising academic standards, holding schools accountable for their results, and expanding the educational options available to parents. He conducts public policy research on education issues for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. His columns promoting common sense education reform have been published in major daily newspapers, including the National Post and the Globe and Mail. He is a frequent guest on radio stations across the country and has spoken at many different conferences and events. His first book, What’s Wrong with Our Schools and How We Can Fix Them (co-authored with Rodney Clifton and John Long), was published in 2010.

 

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. He continued this farm work as he carved a path into Winnipeg’s business community. He has been a self employed entrepreneur for most of the last 40 years. In 1973, Mr Anderson was named President and General Manager of General Window Products of Canada Ltd. In 1981, he became President of Bonar Plastics Western Ltd. He remained there until 1993, when he became President at St Boniface Pallet Co., a position he still holds today. He was Vice President of Hillside Farms Manitoba Ltd from 1963 until 2003, and from 1993 to 2003 he was Chairman of the Manitoba Horse Racing Commission. He also served as a Director on the Board of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association for 18 years, including three years as Chair. Multitasking has always been his strength: while a university student he was a hockey player for both the Department of Agriculture and the U of M Bison Men’s Hockey Team, he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and he served on the Agriculture Student Council. In 1998, Mr Anderson was elected to the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors as a Representative of the Graduates. He was re-elected in 2001 and 2004. He served as Vice Chair from September 2000 until June 2002, when he was elected as Chair of the Board of Governors. That same year he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. He served as Chair of the Board with great integrity for four years and then remained on the Board until May 2007.  Mr Anderson has also been a member of the University of Manitoba’s Trust and Endowment Committee since 1999. Since 2009, he served as Chair of the St Boniface Hospital’s Board of Directors and continues to be an integral part of the University of Manitoba community. He has been the Chair of the Frontier Board since 2002.

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.

Cheryl Simpson
Treasurer

Cheryl Simpson is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration. She has worked in the Accounting field since 1999, and is presently the owner of her own public practice firm. Prior to this Cheryl was a licenced Customs Broker working in both imports and exports for one of the largest firms in Canada. Cheryl has resided in Winnipeg since 1996. She currently holds a position on the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Rotary Career Symposium.

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.  He has practiced since 2003 and is called to the Bars of Manitoba and Alberta.  Ivan has acted as lead counsel in legal proceedings at all levels of court in Manitoba, as well as courts in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Supreme Court of Canada. For recreation, Ivan enjoys hockey, cross-country skiing, travelling, camping, hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and annoying his wife. Ivan is also an experienced wilderness canoeist and back-country traveler. Ivan has canoed the Grass, Manigotogan, Bloodvein, Churchill, Hayes, Black, Wind, Berens, Ponask, Stull, and portions of the God’s and Red Sucker rivers. Among many other mildly interesting experiences on these trips, Ivan has run class V rapids, engaged in mortal combat with a bear, been ‘nose to nose’ with a bull moose, navigated across a lake in a blinding snow storm, observed numerous pre-contact and fur trade-era artifacts, dined under the midnight sun, told tall tales under the Northern Lights, and generally put to shame any archeologist with the last name “Jones”.

Rob Coghlan
Director

Rob Coghlan is the vice president of Coghlan’s Ltd, a family owned manufacturer/distributor of camping equipment. In his over 20 years with Coghlan’s, Rob’s involvement has included all areas of sales, marketing, and distribution of their products to retail accounts in Canada, the United States and over 40 other countries around the world. He has been active in a number of community organizations including, The United Way, Lake of the Woods Property Owners Association and The Vincent Massey Alumni Association. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Rob resides in St Vital with his wife Sandi and children Natalie and Cailey.

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. He began working for Parrish & Heimbecker as a Domestic Feed Grain trader that same year and was promoted to General Manager of Eastern Trading in 1990. In 1999 he was appointed as Vice President in charge of all grain related operations across Canada and the U.S. and presently serves on the Executive Committee of P & H. Other professional activities include Past President of the Canada Ports Clearance Association; Past President of Winnipeg Commodity Clearing Ltd.; Director, Martin Mills Ltd.; Chairman, The Winnipeg Commodity Exchange Feed Grains Committee and Director, Smith Brokerage Ltd. John Heimbecker is on the Rural Renaissance Project Advisory Committee.

Rick Riffel
Director

Rick Riffel is a native of Regina, Saskatchewan. He is a graduate from the University of Regina, Bachelor of Administration 1984 and is a chartered member holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation.  Rick has over twenty five years experience in the investment industry ranging from venture capital management to institutional investment management and presently specializes in private client investment management. Rick is a Vice-President with Hemisphere Capital Management Inc., a discretionary investment counselling firm and a board member of Direct-MS, a non-profit organization that promotes non-drug therapies for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis.  Rick resides in Calgary with his wife Cindy and sons Matthew and Roman.

Russell Kalmacoff
Director

Mr Kalmacoff is President and CEO of Rockmount Financial Corporation, a Calgary based company that management 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. Mr Kalmacoff began his post-secondary education at the University of Calgary, successfully completing first year engineering, then transferring to the University of Manitoba for a Bachelor of Commerce, following which he was accepted at the University of California, Berkeley, into the MBA program. At Berkeley, Mr Kalmacoff was a Research Assistant at the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and assisted in the development of a computer model of the Bay Area in anticipation of the construction of the rapid transit system (BART). Upon graduating with his MBA degree he was awarded a Senior Fellowship from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp and entered the doctoral program at Berkeley. At Manitoba and Berkeley, Mr Kalmacoff did papers in gasoline marketing and competition law. He transferred to the doctoral program at New York University and worked for a year on Wall Street with Salomon Brothers, following which Mr Kalmacoff moved to Toronto where he was employed at the head office of AE LePage. After circulating in all departments, he settled into the mortgage department and among other things, with Canada Packers Pension Fund, designed a breakthrough financing model involving land purchase lease backs and NHA insured leasehold mortgages with participating rent payable to the pension fund in addition to interest. He has been active in community development on Internal Avenue (17th Avenue SE), working closely with the Business Revitalization Zone. He also serves as a Director of the International Avenue Arts & Culture Centre (IAACC) which will be tied to and coordinated with the International Avenue Technology Centre (IATC) which Rockmount is currently developing as a business incubator.