The Hon. Preston Manning
Founder of the Reform Party of Canada
Preston Manning tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform throughout his impressive career as one of Canada’s great visionaries. His presentations provide a dynamic and substantive discussion of both current issues and an outlook for the future, all imbued with a surprising dose of humour that you might not expect from a politician. A reformer at heart, Mr. Manning is right at home challenging the status quo and conventional thinking.
Serving as a Member of the Canadian Parliament from 1993 to 2001, Mr. Manning founded two political parties—the Reform Party of Canada, and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance—both of which became the official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament. He served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000; in 2007, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. Currently, he is a member of the Privy Council and President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy—a national not-for-profit organization (guided by conservative principles) that supports research, training, and communications initiatives to achieve a more democratic society in Canada. He is also a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence.
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Manning owned and operated a management-consulting firm, which specialized in long-range planning and communications within the energy sector. He has published two books: The New Canada, and Think Big. He has also served as a Senior Fellow of the Canada West Foundation, a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, and a Distinguished Visitor at both the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto.
Mr. Manning writes, speaks, and teaches on a variety of subjects, including the revitalization of democracy; present and future economic and political issues; Canadian conservatism; “making markets work”; integrating economic development and environmental conservation; strengthening relations between the scientific and political communities; and the management of the interface between faith and politics.