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Dr. Ian Brodie

Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Former Chief of Staff for Prime Minister Stephen Harper  


Ian Brodie is associate professor of political science at the University of Calgary. He was previously associate professor at Western University and a Visiting Fellow at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

Brodie played a key role in the success of the Conservative Party of Canada. He worked in the office of then-Opposition Leader Stephen Harper in 2003 to 2004 during the negotiations to create the Conservative Party. After working as the tour director for Harper's successful leadership campaign, Brodie became executive director of the new Party. He oversaw preparations for its first national convention in Montreal and helped establish its national political and fundraising organization. In 2005, he moved back to Parliament Hill, first as chief of staff in the opposition leader's office and then, following Mr. Harper's victory in 2006, as chief of staff in the Prime Minister's Office. Having drafted the 2006 Conservative election platform, Mr. Brodie was well placed to serve as the Prime Minister's senior political advisor and to run the 80+ member PMO.

Brodie left government in July 2008 to work first at H&K Strategies and then as Strategic Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank.

His recent book, At the Centre of Government, was an Amazon Canada Politics bestseller. His first book, Friends of the Court, was read by a more select audience.

Brodie serves as chair of the research committee for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, a senior fellow of the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, and on the advisory committee of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is a member of the Program Committee of the Halifax International Security Forum. He recently completed a six-year term on the board of the Canada Health Infoway.

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