Brian Lee Crowley
Brian Lee Crowley is Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. MLI is the only think tank in Ottawa dealing with the full spectrum of issues falling under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The Institute, which opened its doors officially in March 2010, fills a glaring gap in Canada's democratic infrastructure. Prior to MLI's founding, Canada was the only G7 country not to have such a full-service think tank in its national capital speaking to the national electorate, policy decision-makers and opinion leaders, about national policy. MLI exists to make poor quality public policy in Ottawa unacceptable to Canadians and their political and opinion leaders, by proposing thoughtful alternatives through non-partisan and independent research and commentary.
MLI has enjoyed many successes, including: 1) being recognised as one of the world's top 3 new think tanks in 2013; 2) winning the top international prize for excellence in think tank publications (the Sir Antony Fisher Award) for its first book, The Canadian Century (co-authored by Crowley, Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis); 3) being quoted by British Prime Minister David Cameron in his state speech to the Canadian Parliament in 2011; 4) winning the Sir John Templeton Prize for Young Think Tanks; and 5) being regularly ranked the #1 think tank in Ottawa.Back to speakers