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. MORE...
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. MORE...
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 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. MORE...
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 is Presidential Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York. MORE...
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 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. MORE...
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.
Board of Directors
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. MORE...
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 is the founding President of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, an award-winning western Canadian based public policy think tank. MORE...
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 is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration. MORE...
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 is a partner at the Winnipeg law firm of Gange Collins Holloway and specializes in construction law, construction litigation and commercial litigation. MORE...
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 is the President of Coghlan’s Ltd, a family owned manufacturer/distributor of camping equipment. MORE...
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 has been a Vice President at Parrish & Heimbecker since 1999. He graduated from MacMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) in 1987. MORE...
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 is a native of Regina, Saskatchewan. MORE...
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.
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. MORE...
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.