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Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor is a digital campaign pioneer. Stephen got his start in 2004 organizing political bloggers in support of the nascent Conservative Party of Canada. His methodology for organizing online was soon recognized by Preston Manning who tasked him with creating digital campaign tools as the first fellow of the Manning Centre. His became national director of the National Citizens Coalition, a civil society organization once led by Stephen Harper. Stephen has worked in democracy development through international aid projects with USAID and IRI: in Zimbabwe he developed voter outreach tools to foster free and fair elections. In Indonesia, he developed community polling software to amplify women’s voices in democratic decision-making in the world’s most populous Muslim country. Most recently, Stephen was senior political advisor to the Leader of the Opposition.

Melanie Paradis

A consummate communicator, Melanie has been at the front lines of election campaigns in Canada, serving in multiple national and provincial election war rooms, as well as in senior communications roles on three party leadership bids. As Deputy Campaign Manager, Melanie played a key role in Erin O’Toole’s successful 2020 Conservative Leadership campaign. She then served as the Director of Strategic Communications and principal speech writer in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. Melanie appears regularly on national affairs broadcasts and panels, including Curse of Politics, Politico Canada, and CTV election coverage, and her writing appears in the Globe and Mail, National Post, the Toronto Sun, and the Line.

Ben Woodfinden

Ben Woodfinden is a doctoral candidate at McGill University, a research fellow at the Centre for Constitutional Law and Legal Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and the Executive Director of Advocates for the Rule of law, a registered charity and think tank established to promote constitutionalism and the rule of law. His academic research focuses on Westminster constitutionalism and sits at the intersection of political theory, constitutional theory, and the history of political thought. Ben is also a frequent commentator on Canadian and conservative politics. He is a frequent speaker and panelist in Canadian conservative forums. Ben is a contributor to the National Post and The Hub. Ben publishes a newsletter, The Dominion, which is focused on thinking about what a distinctly Canadian conservatism is and looks like.

Matthew Lau

Matthew Lau, a financial analyst by trade and an adjunct scholar with the Fraser Institute, writes a weekly column for the Financial Post editorial page in the National Post. His writing covers a wide range of subjects, including fiscal policy, economic theory, climate change, free markets, government regulation, and Canadian politics. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in finance and economics from the University of Toronto, and is a CFA charterholder.

Sean Speer

Sean Speer is a Canadian academic, commentator, and public policy analyst. He is assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Fellow in strategic competitiveness at the Public Policy Forum, and Editor-at-large at The Hub. Sean’s work has appeared in National Post, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Policy Options, and] National Review. He served as policy advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper after serving as director of policy to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.  Sean has appeared on the Hill Times Top 25 Most Powerful & Influential People list as well as the Maclean’s power list.

Rahim Mohamed

Rahim Mohamed is an emerging conservative scholar, strategist, and thought leader born in Kamloops and based in Calgary. He has served in high-profile political and policy-focused roles in both Canada and the United States, including the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign. Rahim holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has taught at Wake Forest University and Centre College (Danville, KY). His scholarly (peer-reviewed) writing has appeared in a number of respected academic journals, including The Independent Review, Canadian Review of Social Policy, and Policy Options. He is a regular contributor to National Post, The Line and The Hub.

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