Launch of Munk Senior Fellows program puts Canada's best thinkers to work on the big issues facing our country

New program will allow MLI to build on its successes in helping to make Canada one of the best-governed countries in the world

OTTAWA, July 15, 2016 /CNW/ - The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is putting the best minds in Canada to work on the issues that are vital to the country's security, prosperity and freedom with the launch of the Munk Senior Fellows program.

The program, made possible by a grant from Peter Munk and the Aurea Foundation, will allow MLI to significantly expand its thought leadership program which has helped make Canada one of the best-governed countries in the world.

"Time and again, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute has been at the forefront of the national policy debate," says Rudyard Griffiths, President of the Aurea Charitable Foundation. "We hope that with this program, MLI will be able to provide the same kind of indispensable leadership on an even greater number of the issues that are so important to Canadians".

This grant is just the latest contribution Peter Munk, a globally renowned business leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and his wife Melanie Munk have made to public policy in Canada.

"Peter Munk is a distinguished Canadian with a passion for making Canada great", says Brian Lee Crowley, MLI's Managing Director. "We are honoured that he has lent his name to this innovative program that will do so much to elevate public policy debate in this country."

MLI has assembled an influential team of thought leaders in important fields such as Aboriginal issues, natural resources, the economy, justice and security, to fill out its Munk Senior Fellows roster.

They will give greater profile to MLI ideas in the nation's news broadcasts, opinion pages and social media debates, and the meeting rooms in Ottawa where important decisions are made.

Included on the roster of Munk Senior Fellows are several authors who have previously gained national recognition for their thought leadership as part of the MLI Senior Fellows program, and several new Munk Senior Fellows:

  • Ken Coates, Indigenous issues
  • Sean Speer, fiscal policy
  • Alex Wilner, counterterrorism and intelligence
  • Christian Leuprecht, defence and border security
  • Laura Dawson, Canada-US relations
  • Benjamin Perrin, criminal justice
  • Philip Cross, economics
  • Raheel Raza, human rights
  • Richard Owens, innovation and intellectual property
  • Alastair Gillespie, Canadian political tradition
  • Shuvaloy Majumdar, foreign policy

MLI is launching a special website devoted to the program. It will also significantly expand the number of research publications, op-eds and media interviews in which MLI authors participate.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is the only non-partisan, independent national public policy think tank in Ottawa focusing on the full range of issues that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

SOURCE Macdonald-Laurier Institute

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For further information: please contact Mark Brownlee, communications manager, at 613-482-8327 x105 or email at mark.brownlee@macdonaldlaurier.ca.

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