Whether as the founder of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), Ottawa’s only independent and non-partisan national public policy think tank; the Clifford Clark visiting economist at Finance Canada; the founder of the country’s leading regional think tank, the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies (AIMS); or as a member of the Editorial Board of The Globe and Mail, Brian has always pursued one vision consistently and relentlessly: to make Canada the best governed country in the world. Today he is one of the country’s most sought-after public speakers and thought leaders, a columnist in both The Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizen, a bestselling and award-winning author, an advisor to governments, industry and international organizations and a public intellectual and frequent media commentator across all media. MLI has been ranked one of the top three new public policy think tanks in the world, and its work has had a direct influence on a wide array of decisions coming out of Ottawa. Brian has also developed an enviable reputation as a demanding and creative leader of public policy conversations, including for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, for whom he frequently chairs pre-budget consultation roundtables and summer retreats with some of Canada’s leading economic influencers. He enthralls audiences across the country with talks on the issues that matter to Canadians, such as economic prosperity, relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians, Canada-U.S. relations, the natural resource economy, the future of health care, the global agricultural revolution, technology and social change, the impact of an aging population and Canada’s proud history and political tradition.