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The Hon. Preston Manning

Political Activist and Commentator

Understanding Canadians
Understanding Canadians

Preston Manning tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform throughout his impressive career as one of Canada’s great political visionaries. His presentations provide an inspirational and substantive discussion of both current issues and future challenges, all imbued with a surprising dose of humor 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 these became the official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament and led to the creation of the Conservative Party of Canada which formed the federal government of Canada from 2004-2015.

Mr. Manning served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000; is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Queens Privy Council for Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, and has received honorary degrees from six Canadian Universities. He is also Founder of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy—a national not-for-profit organization that supports research, training, and communications initiatives to achieve a more democratic society in Canada based on conservative principles.

Prior to entering politics, Mr. Manning owned and operated a management-consulting firm which specialized in long-range planning and communications for 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, the Fraser Institute, the Market Place Institute of Regent College (UBC), and as Distinguished Visitor at the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto.

Mr. Manning writes, speaks, and teaches on a variety of subjects, the most relevant at present being Harnessing Populism, Greening the Market Place Economy, Building Canada’s Conservative Movement, and Navigating the Faith-Political Interface.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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