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Preston Manning

Manning Foundation for Democratic Education; Manning Centre for Building Democracy
Founder
Preston Manning, PC CC AOE is the Founder of the Manning Foundation for Democratic Education and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy which seek to strengthen the knowledge, skills, principles, and ethical foundations of participants in Canada’s political processes.

Mr. Manning served as a member of Parliament from 1993 to 2001. He founded two political parties – the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance – both of which became the Official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament, and laid the foundation for the Conservative Party of Canada. Mr. Manning served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000 and was also his party’s science and technology critic. In 2007, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada and in 2013 was appointed to the Privy Council.

Mr. Manning began his university studies in physics at the University of Alberta but switched to economics, graduating with a BA in that discipline. He provided consulting services to the energy industry for twenty years before entering the political arena. He has received honorary degrees from eight Canadian universities and is the author of three books, The New Canada, Think Big, and Faith, Leadership, and Public Life. Mr. Manning is currently working on a new book, tentatively entitled Do Something! 365 Ways to Strengthen Democracy and Conservatism in Canada. It contains a major chapter on Strengthening Relations between the Political and Scientific Communities. He has been a strong supporter of the Canadian Science Policy Conference since its inception.

Mr. Manning and his wife Sandra divide their time between Calgary and Vancouver. They have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.