University of Calgary

Ian Brodie named as new research director for School of Public Policy

UToday HomeJune 28, 2013

Jack Mintz, director and Palmer Chair of The School of Public Policy, has announced the appointment of Ian Brodie as its director of research.

Brodie rejoins the University of Calgary from the Inter-American Development Bank, where he was strategic advisor since 2009. Brodie worked for Prime Minister Stephen Harper for six years, including three years as his chief of staff and two years as executive director of the Conservative Party of Canada. He played a central role in the 2006 Conservative campaign and the first three years of the Harper government.

“Ian is the ideal candidate to lead research at Canada’s flagship school of public policy,” says Mintz. “His high-level experience in government and the academic world is an ideal fit for an energetic school that strives to bridge the gaps between those sectors. Ian shares our commitment to focused, practical and accessible research that informs the real-world decisions and issues faced by policymakers in Canada and abroad. We look forward to Ian’s personal drive and deep knowledge of policy issues taking The School of Public Policy to our next level of excellence.”

Speaking to his appointment, Brodie says, “I am delighted to be joining a vibrant and high profile group at the University of Calgary. The School of Public Policy has quickly become one of the most important voices in Canadian public policy, and I look forward to continuing to increase its impact nationally and internationally.”

Brodie was previously a tenured professor of political science at Western University and formerly taught at Mount Royal College. He earned his PhD in political science at the University of Calgary in 1997 and his master’s thesis won the University of Calgary Governor General's Gold Medal in 1992. Brodie’s undergraduate degree is from McGill.