The C.D. Howe Institute is the only think tank in Canada that is truly national in scope, active in every region of the country, and without a regional or ideological agenda.
One measure of the C.D. Howe Institute’s success is the quality of its human capital: its staff, its Board of Directors, its members, and the authors and speakers it has engaged. Now in its sixth decade, the Institute has top corporate leaders as directors, university presidents as members, key elected and public-service officials as event participants, and the nation’s top scholars as authors and policy experts.
As a non-university based think tank, the C.D. Howe Institute enjoys a comparative advantage because it is able to draw upon the talent that exists in every corner of the country. Unlike universities, which rely predominantly upon the academic talent that exists within their institution, and unlike think tanks with a specific regional, thematic, or ideological focus, the C.D. Howe can marshal a network of the country’s top scholars from every university where they are located. It also has more than fifty years of experience working with top academics, and translating theoretical research into applied policy prescriptions that are of real use to decision makers.