Brian Lee Crowley


  • CropLife Canada’s 2012 GrowCanada Conference November 7, 2012

    The 2012 GrowCanada Conference taking place in the nation’s capital will feature Brian as keynote speaker. Brian will participate in the conference session entitled, “Keeping Canada at the top of its field.” His talk will focus on regulation and innovation in the agriculture sector. The conference will be held from November 27-29, 2012. For more information, click here.

    About the conference

    Canadian agriculture in the year 2012 is nothing short of spectacular. The only thing that matches the advancements made by Canadian researchers, farmers, and industry is the pride we share in our accomplishments.

    Join Canada’s leading agricultural thinkers to explore the future of Canada’s home-grown sector and learn what it will take to secure Canada’s place on the global agricultural stage.

    November 28, 2012, Ottawa

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  • Public Lecture, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan November 5, 2012

    Today at the University of Saskatchewan, Brian will discuss thought leadership in Canada as part of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy lecture series. The lecture will take place between 1 pm and 2:30 pm and is open to the public. For more information, click here.


    Think tanks, universities and thought leadership in Canada

    Presented by Brian Lee Crowley, Macdonald-Laurier Institute

    While universities have traditionally been seen as the chief generators of new ideas in the world of public policy, increasingly they are being overtaken by think tanks, a relatively new kind of institution. What explains the relative decline of universities as a useful source of inspiration for government policy, and the rise of think tanks as influential voices throughout the industrialized world? Can universities slow or even reverse this decline? Should they even care?

    This lecture will take place in Saskatoon and will be video-conferenced to a Regina audience.

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    November 5, 2012

    101 Diefenbaker Place, University of Saskatchewan Campus

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  • Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance’s 2012 National Forum November 3, 2012

    The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance has invited Brian to be keynote speaker at their 2012 National Forum. At tonight’s event, he will speak to the potential the aquaculture industry has to feed the world – a topic he recently wrote about in his latest Calgary Herald and Hill Times column, “Aquaculture is the big fish that got away.”

    For more information on the 2012 National Forum, click here.

    The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance is the national association that speaks with a national voice for Canada’s seafood farmers, representing their interests in Ottawa to regulators, policy makers and political leaders.

    Canada’s aquaculture industry will come together in the nation’s capital on November 20-21, 2012 for the National Forum and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance. This annual event presents a special opportunity for Canada’s seafood farmers and suppliers to mingle with regulators, policy makers and political leaders to discuss how to cooperatively advance Canada’s farmed seafood sector.

    November 20, 2012

    Westing Hotel, Ottawa

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  • Special Presentation Open to the Public: Lessons for America from Canada’s Fiscal Fix October 25, 2012

    The Institute for Liberal Studies and the University of Ottawa’s Economics Student Association will co-host a special lecture this evening, Tuesday, November 13, featuring Brian. Dr. Crowley will discuss his latest book published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Northern Light: Lessons for America from Canada’s Fiscal Fix, co-authored by Robert P. Murphy and Niels Veldhuis. The presentation begins at 7 PM in Lamoureux Hall, Room 106 at the University of Ottawa. This event is open to the public and no registration is required. More details below.


    Northern Light: Lessons for America from Canada’s Fiscal Fix

    As the United States wrestles with its growing fiscal crisis, this presentation will consider what lessons Americans and their political leadership might draw from Canada’s experience in the 1990s when our nation slew its deficit dragon, balanced the budget, fixed public pensions and social welfare and forged a national consensus in favour of responsible public finances.

    For more information, click here.

    November 13, 2012

    University of Ottawa

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  • 2012 Saskatchewan Party Convention, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan October 15, 2012

    On Saturday, November 3, 2012, Brian will be keynote speaker at the 2012 Saskatchewan Party Convention in Saskatoon. Dr. Crowley’s keynote address, Saskatchewan and the confederation of the future, will discuss the province’s bright future and its growing influence in Canada.

    The Saskatchewan Party Convention takes place between November 2 to4 at the TCU Place. For more information, click here.

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  • Outlook Summit, Burlington, Ontario October 7, 2012

    On October 19, 2012, Brian will speak at the Outlook Summit taking place in Burlington, Ontario. His talk, How Canada can have its very own century, is based on the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s book, The Canadian Century.

    For more information about the conference, click here.

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  • National security, national interest, and natural resources: What should Canadians think about CNOOC’s bid for Nexen? October 5, 2012

    Macdonald-Laurier Institute Event

    *For full event video, click here

    Is the CNOOC’s bid for Nexen the thin edge of a Chinese wedge in the natural resource sector or merely a logical step for an oil patch seeking to diversify both investment sources and markets? Will it be a one-time transaction, or will it unlock a wider wave of investment by Chinese and other state-owned enterprises? What are the implications of a growing Chinese presence for Canada’s relationship with the United States and other energy and security partners? How should Canada’s national interest in the transaction be defined so that we can judge whether it will be of net benefit to Canada?

    These are just some of the questions that will be asked and answered by a panel composed of Canadian and American experts who have thought long and hard about national security, the Canada-China-US triangle, energy policy, geopolitical strategy and all the other factors that need to be weighed in arriving at a balanced assessment of the costs and benefits of the proposed deal.


    Our panel includes:

    Ray Boisvert, CEO of I-SEC Integrated Strategies (ISECIS) and recently retired as Assistant Director for Intelligence at CSIS.

    Roger Robinson, former Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council and Executive Secretary of the Cabinet-level Senior Inter-Governmental Group for International Economic Policy (SIG-IEP), and former chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

    David Kilgour, former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific and a well-known human rights activist.

    Gordon Houlden, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta and former Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.



    7:30 AM     Continental Breakfast

    8:00 AM     Panel Discussion

    9:30 AM      Adjourn. Media scrum begins.

    October 17, 2012

    Delta Hotel, Ottawa

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  • AEI/MLI Event – Fiscal sanity and political success: Canada proves you can have it all September 7, 2012

    About this event:

    In the 1990s, Canada suffered from the same economic malaise that plagues the U.S. today: slow economic growth, heavy government spending and a rising national debt. Canada’s remarkable turnaround relied relatively little on raising taxes; instead, federal program spending was cut by nearly 10 percent over a two-year period to restore its budget to balance. Its federal government also devolved greater responsibility to provincial governments, leading to a decade of strong growth in employment, gross domestic product and investments. Despite the political challenges of reform, the governments responsible were consistently re-elected both federally and provincially.

    This joint American Enterprise Institute and Macdonald-Laurier Institute event will feature a distinguished group of Canadian politicians who managed the difficult politics of this period of powerful reform. The keynote speech will be provided by the Right Honorable Paul Martin, former Canadian finance minister and prime minister, under whose leadership many of Canada’s reforms were enacted. Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, will lead the introduction.

    For more information, the agenda, and to watch the event live on September 18, 2012, click here.

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  • Merck Animal Health Meeting July 25, 2012

    On August 1, 2012, Brian will speak at the Merck Animal Health’s meeting in Victoria, B.C. His talk will focus on how regulation can keep pace with innovation and technology.

    For more information about Merck Animal Group, click here.

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  • The 65th Annual Meeting of the Council of State Governments-WEST, July 21, 2012 July 10, 2012

    On July 21, 2012, Brian will speak at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Council  of State Governments-WEST (CSG-WEST) in Edmonton, Alberta. His talk will focus on economic development in western Canada and he will be joined by James Rajotte, Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Leduc.

    The CSG-WEST Annual Meeting provides legislators and legislative staff unparalleled opportunities to share their experiences and learn from regional/national experts and insightful leaders. For more information, visit

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