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November 19, 2020 – William Robson, CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, announces the appointment of Ken Boessenkool as a Research Fellow.

“Ken has a deep commitment to good public policy, and his experience has honed his insights about pressing issues at both the federal and provincial levels,” said Robson. “We are delighted to be continuing a collaboration that has bolstered the C.D. Howe Institute’s research program for more than 25 years.”

“I cut my teeth on policy as a policy analyst at the C.D. Howe Institute in the 1990s,” said Boessenkool. “Its research, scholars and staff have been an inspiration in the policy work I have continued to do in various forums since then. I am honoured to return to my roots!”

Ken Boessenkool is the J.W. McConnell Professor of Practice at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, a contributor to The Line and President and founder of Sidicus Consulting Ltd.

Until recently, Ken was a founding partner of Kool Topp & Guy Public Affairs with Don Guy and Brian Topp. In the course of his career, he has served as Senior Counsel at GCI Canada, was Senior Vice President and National Practice Director for Public Affairs at Hill & Knowlton Canada, where he was also General Manager for Alberta and Manager of Business Development. Ken was a senior regulatory economist with two electricity firms.

Boessenkool has played senior strategic and policy roles in four national election campaigns for the Conservative Party of Canada under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He has been Chief of Staff to former Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark, and a senior policy advisor to leaders and finance ministers at both the federal and provincial levels. He has played senior policy or campaign manager roles in three national leadership campaigns and three provincial leadership campaigns.

Boessenkool is the Board Chair of Sonshine Community Foundation – a Calgary based women and children’s shelter. He has served on the following boards: The Canada-Israel Committee; The Cantos Music Foundation (now the National Music Centre); The Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, Civitas and the Forum of Federations.

Boessenkool has an undergraduate degree in business with majors in Finance and Philosophy from the University of Lethbridge and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Toronto.

For more information please contact: C.D. Howe Institute at 416-865-1904, email: media@cdhowe.org.

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