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Michael Van Pelt

Michael Van Pelt, President and CEO of Cardus, a public policy think tank, has more than 20 years of experience in public life, including advocacy with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Chamber of Commerce and serving as a municipal Councillor. Since 2000, Michael has helped build Cardus into a full-fledged think tank, delivering research that is public, credible and Christian. He continues to consult widely and undertake advisory work, helping institutions strategically connect their beliefs with their behaviours. Read More ›

Bio last modified August 29th, 2017.
Articles by Michael Van Pelt
  • Special Edition: Universities Canada and Religious Freedom

    Michael Van Pelt

    Senior administrators at Canadian universities will meet behind closed doors in October to debate a bylaw that could exclude faith-based institutions from membership. They will be asked by the Board of Governors of Universities Canada to pass the bylaw in express defiance of existing human rights and Charter law.

  • Changing Politics for a Changed Country

    Michael Van Pelt

    Co-authored by Michael Van Pelt (President), and Ray Pennings (Executive Vice-President) of Cardus, a Canadian think tank engaged in renewal of North American social architecture.Political conventions are key markers in the trajectories of political movements. Leaders are elected, given votes of confidence or handed their marching papers.

  • How can the Canadian right recharge?

    Michael Van Pelt

    Co-authored by Michael Van Pelt (President), and Ray Pennings (Executive Vice-President) of Cardus, a Canadian think tank engaged in renewal of North American social architecture.As the Manning Centre Conference โ€“ aka Woodstock for conservatives โ€“ returns to Ottawa this week, prudent participants will avoid making it a festival of backbiting or a nostalgia act.

  • Tribute to Jim Flaherty

    Michael Van Pelt

    (Re: Jim Flaherty, 64, dies at Ottawa home one month after resigning as finance minister) I am sad today. I am thinking of Jim's three young boys (men in their early twenties) who no longer have their father at their side to give them courage and to pass on wisdom and to love them. I am thinking of Christine and the boys three months from now when the undercurrent of grief will tempt despondency, meaninglessness, and anger to knock at the door.

  • Can We Have Subsidiarity Without the Regulation?

    Michael Van Pelt

    Germany is a skilled-trades producing machine. But behind this machine is a web of institutions executing different, and distributed, responsibilities so smoothly that it's easy to imagine why the Germans produce Porsches. Their success is fuelled by their passion to have the most globally competitive companies in the world.

  • My 2013 Top Ten

    Michael Van Pelt

    If you haven't been paying attention, I understand. Everybody wants your attention nowadays, and all of us face a thousand experts shouting a thousand opinions. So I'm grateful you're here, following Cardus.

  • The great issue of our day

    Michael Van Pelt

    Presented (3:00 pm EST) February 14, 2012, to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Pre-Budget Consultations. The great issue of our day is whether we can order our world with flourishing institutions apart from government and markets. This is the key question behind the very taxing challenge facing the Houe of Commons Standing Committee on Finance today.

  • The Conversation

    Michael Van Pelt

    On the cusp of launching a new publication to further the organization's mission of renewing Canada's social architecture, Cardus President Michael Van Pelt sat down with Convivium to explain the objectives for this venture and its overall purpose in the Canadian public policy sphere.


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