Our Team



Richard Bastien

Richard Bastien
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 325
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Richard Bastien is an Associate Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. He studied public finance at the University of Montreal and at Harvard University and spent most of his career working as an economist in the Canadian Ministry of Finance, specializing in international finance. Throughout the 1990s, he was Canada’s representative in the Paris Club and in the G-8 Group of debt experts. Mr. Bastien retired from public service in 2000 and has since then worked as a consultant on public debt management, as well as a freelance writer and translator (from English into French and vice-versa). He writes on economic and social policy issues.




Joseph C. Ben-Ami

Joseph C. Ben-Ami
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 201
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Widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading conservative thinkers and strategists, Joseph C. Ben-Ami is the president of the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. Before joining the Centre, Ben-Ami was Executive Director of the Institute for Canadian Values and, before that, Director of Government Relations and Diplomatic Affairs for the well known Jewish human rights group B'nai Brith. Prior to this he was a policy aid to Stephen Harper, Canada’s current Prime Minister, and Stockwell Day, Harper’s predecessor as party leader. He also served as National Director of Operations on Day’s 2002 leadership campaign. Ben-Ami writes extensively on current affairs and public policy and is a much sought after public speaker and frequent radio and television commentator. A strong and unapologetic defender of conservatism and conservative values, Ben-Ami is known for his clear and independent thinking on issues.




James Bissett

James Bissett
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 315
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James Bissett is a Distinguished Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. He is the former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia where he served from 1990 – 1992. He was also Ambassador to Bulgaria and Albania. He had diplomatic postings in the Balkans, London and in the Caribbean where he served as Canadian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago from 1985 -1990. He was an Assistant under Secretary for Social Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Ottawa. From 1985 -1990 Bissett was Director General of the Canadian Immigration Service. Upon leaving the Foreign Service he served from 1992 -1997 as the Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration in Moscow helping the government deal with the thousands of Russians returning from the former countries of the Soviet Union.




Lynne Cohen

Lynne Cohen, BA (Hon), BJ, LLB
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 319
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Lynne Cohen is an Associate Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. A journaist by profession, Cohen holds an Honors BA in Political Science and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University. She received her degree in law from University of Ottawa and is a member of the Bar in Ontario.




Louis DeSerres

Louis DeSerres
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 320
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Louis DeSerres is a Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. His area of research includes abortion, marriage and family. DeSerres is also an expert in children's and fetal rights.




Charles Ficner

Charles Ficner
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 327
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Charles Ficner is a Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. He is an expert in the theory and practice of government. A former Executive Director of the Strategic Studies Office at Canada’s National Research Council, Ficner has extensive experience in policy and program development, strategic planning and operational management, particularly in fields related to energy use and conservation, environmental protection, science and technology and economic and industry development.




Garnett Genuis

Garnett Genuis
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 211
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Garnett Genuis is the Director of Mobilization and Training at the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. He is a graduate of Carleton University’s Public Affairs and Policy Management Program and a former Parliament Hill and PMO Staffer. Genuis is passionate about public policy development and about the importance of providing Canadians with the necessary skills and knowledge to engage both effectively and constructively in the democratic process.




David Krayden

David Krayden
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 330
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David Krayden is Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. A honours graduate of Carleton University's School of Journalism and Ryerson's School of Public Affairs, Krayden has worked in military, government and conservative communications for over 20 years. As a journalist, he has been a newspaper editor, the host of the Calgary-based talk radio show Liberty Today and a columnist for the Calgary Herald. He served 12 years as a public affairs officer in the Canadian Forces and also has also worked as a Legislative Assistant and Communications Officer on Parliament Hill. As a social conservative leader, he is a knowledgable and popular pundit. An avid reader, researcher and writer of history, Krayden is the author of On Windswept Heights: Historical Highlights of Canada’s Air Force.




Rory Leishman

Rory Leishman
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 312
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Rory Leishman is an Associate Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. He writes and lectures on issues pertaining to marriage and family.




Gary Mauser

Gary Mauser Ph.D
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 314
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Gary Mauser is a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. He is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Business Administration and a member of the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies, at Simon Fraser University. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine. His recent publications include, “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International Evidence,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, (with Don B. Kates, 2007), Hubris in the North, the Canadian Firearms Registry, published by The Fraser Institute (2007), “An Evaluation of the 1977 Canadian Firearms Legislation: Robbery Involving a Firearm,” Applied Economics (with Dennis Maki, 2003). Significant earlier publications are Canadian Attitudes Toward Gun Control: The Real Story, The Mackenzie Institute, (with Taylor Buckner, 1997), and “Armed Self Defense: the Canadian Case,” Journal of Criminal Justice, (1996). Dr. Mauser has made presentations to the Canadian House of Commons, The Senate of Canada, and he has testified as an expert witness before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also spoken before United Nations Conferences on Small Arms and Light Weapons.




David Murrell Ph. D

David Murrell Ph.D
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 310
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David Murrell is a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. He is a Professor in the Faculty of Arts, University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He teaches economics, public finance, regional economics and public policy. He received his Honours B.A. and Masters of Arts from University of Ottawa in the early 1970s. After working as a Research Economist at the Conference Board of Canada for seven years, he earned a Doctorate in Economics at Queen's Universrty, Ontario. He started teaching at Queen's in 1983, and at the University of New Brunswick in 1985. Professor Murrell has published widely in economic policy and regional economics, including articles for Canadian Public Policy and the Canadian Journal of Regional Economics. He is a member of the editorial board at the Canadian Journal of Regional Economics, and is a member of the Research Advisory Board at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS). Since the late-1980s, he began writing articles in conservative policy. He is editor of WatchDog Newsletter, an investigative quartlerly newsletter of conservative opinion.




Chris Schafer

Chris Schafer BA, MA, LLB
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 316
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Chris Schafer is an Associate Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies and an Associate in the Advocacy Department and Government Relations Practice Group at the Ottawa Office of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. He previously worked at the Fraser Institute, the Cato Institute, and the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition. A published author, Chris has written several studies and articles on public policy and legal issues. Chris also sits on the Board of Director's of the Canadian Constitution Foundation and the Editorial Board of Director's of c2c: Canada's Journal of Ideas.




Travis Trost

Travis Trost
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 305
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Travis Trost is a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. A former infantry officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, Trost's degrees include an MTS from Trinity Western University and a Doctor of Theology from University of South Africa. His principal area of research is national defense and foreign policy.




Joseph B. Varner

Joseph B Varner
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 318
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Joseph B. Varner is an Associate Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. He is the author of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Security Dilemma and is a former contributing editor of Maritime Affairs and Associate Editor ofCanadian Naval Review. He is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society and a past Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies. Varner served as Program Director for and has taught courses in homeland security and intelligence studies at American Military University. He is currently the Senior Advisor to the Minister of National Defence




Bruce Wilson

Bruce Wilson
Phone: 613.695.2176 ext. 210
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Bruce Wilson is a Senior Fellow and Board Member at the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. Over a thirty year career, he has been a registered lobbyist; a senior business policy and business development official in the foreign service of Ontario and of Canada; CEO of international trade associations in corporate strategy, recruiting, economic development and real estate; and an entrepreneurial businessman in NAFTA trade. He has lived and worked in Canada, the USA, Mexico and Guatemala – and is comfortable with cross-border assignments. Bruce Wilson has gained national recognition in Canada and the USA for developing new programs, representing organizations and ideas, strategic positioning work, and for helping organizations identify and respond to new opportunities.