About the panel

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

For nearly a decade The Right Honourable Stephen J. Harper led Canada through the world’s most complex geopolitical, economic and security challenges as the country’s 22nd Prime Minister. He created the modern Conservative Party of Canada, won three successive national elections, and was the longest serving Conservative Prime Minister since Canada’s founding Prime Minister in 1891. 


Since leaving office in 2016, Mr. Harper founded and is Chairman and CEO of Harper & Associates, a global consulting and investment advisory business, and a Director of Colliers International Group Inc. and Recover Inc. He is also the recent author of “Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption”, and a frequent speaker on geopolitical trends, populism, and business. 


Mr. Harper serves as Chairman of the International Democrat Union and the Friends of Israel Initiative. He has bachelor and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Calgary, an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University and an honorary degree from the Jerusalem College of Technology. He is a Companion of the Order of the Canada and the recipient of numerous international recognitions, including the Order of Liberty, Ukraine’s highest civilian honour. 


Mr. Harper resides in Alberta, Canada with his wife Laureen; the have two adult children Benjamin and Rachel. 

The Honourable Gary Doer

Gary Doer was the 23rd Canadian Ambassador to the United States and former Premier of Manitoba. 

Mr. Doer won three consecutive elections as Premier of Manitoba. In 2005, he was named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 20 international leaders on climate change. His government introduced balanced budgets during each of his ten years in office. As Premier, he led strategic investments in health care, education, and infrastructure.


Mr. Doer was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States in 2009. During his six year tenure, he worked with leaders in both Canada and the US at the state and federal level to ensure Canada’s entry into the Trans-Pacific-Partnership, and helped to negotiate a presidential permit for the construction of the Detroit-Windsor Bridge. 


Mr. Doer worked to have hydro-electric power recognized as renewable energy in the US and assisted in ushering in a new cooperative approach to regulatory reform. As Canada’s chief advocate in the US, Mr. Doer garnered support for harmonizing light vehicle emission standards and as part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, was directly involved in the signing of the border pre-clearance agreement in 2015, which enables the legitimate flow of trade and travel between Canada and the US. 


In 2011, the World Affairs Council awarded Mr. Doer its distinguished diplomatic service award. He is currently acting as Senior Business Advisor for Dentons Law firm and a member of a number of Corporate Boards including Canada Life and IGM located in Winnipeg and Power Corporation located in Montreal. He hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is married with two daughters. 

Gary G. Mar, K.C.
President and CEO
Canada West Foundation

Gary Mar was named President and CEO of the Foundation in April 2020. An accomplished and respected leader, Gary brings deep experience in government and business, and established expertise in CWF’s key policy areas in natural resources, trade and investment and human capital. 


Prior to joining the CWF, Gary served as President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), the national trade association representing the service, supply, and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. 


Gary has broad experience in government having served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta from 1993-2007. During his time as an elected official, Gary held several Cabinet portfolios – Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; and International and Intergovernmental Relations. Gary has also served as the Official Representative (Minister-Counselor) of the Province of Alberta at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C as the Province of Alberta’s Representative in Asia from 2011 to 2015. 


Following his government service, Gary was an independent consultant working for both Chinese and Canadian companies seeking assistance with trans-Pacific trade and investment. In 2016, he co-founded Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation which successfully purchased heavy oil in Alberta and sold it directly to refineries in China. 


In 2022, Gary was appointed a member and chair of the Council of the Alberta Order of Excellence and was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for public service.