Brian Micklethwait was born and raised in commuter-belt Surrey, and has lived in London for most of his adult life. He failed as an architecture student at Cambridge, and then did sociology more successfully at Essex University, but spending most of his time doing drama. He worked at the Alternative Bookshop for the first half of the 1980s and did the Libertarian Alliance's pamphlets - quite a few of which he also wrote - throughout the 1980s and 1990s. When the internet arrived Brian switched to blogging, for Samizdata, for various blogs that pay, for two specialist personal blogs and, when they fell to bits at the beginning of 2005, for his personal blog Brian Micklethwait.
John Robson is a documentary film-maker, a columnist with the National Post, commentator-at-large for News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa and an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa. He holds a Ph.D in American history from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kevin Avram’s hometown is Rouleau, Saskatchewan, also known as Dog River, the site of filming for CTV’s hit series Corner Gas.
Kevin served as Member Service Director for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, where he was responsible for expanding the organization’s membership from fewer than 500 members to more than 13,000. Prior to that he worked as a District Manager with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Canada’s voice of small- and medium-sized business. He is Past President of the Prairie Centre Policy Institute, an organization that played an instrumental role in paving the way for the elimination of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.
Kevin was the founder, developer, and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). As the organization’s founder, he recruited the CTF’s directors and advisors, and filled senior staff portfolios with well-qualified individuals, many of whom went on to high profile careers in public service. He designed the CTF’s communication, sales, and marketing strategy, which within a period of four years established a stable multi-million dollar annual revenue stream.
Kevin engaged in short- and medium-term consulting projects with non-profit advocacy groups in Canada, the U.S., and in Europe. He has evaluated development and revenue options for grassroots lobby efforts in several U.S. states including Colorado, Nebraska, and North Dakota. He has worked with high profile organizations in California and Virginia. He advised Score Marketing/Contribuables Associés (French Taxpayers Association), evaluating and proposing marketing and communication strategies. He is the recipient of an honorary designation from Magyar Adófizetők Országos Szövetsége (Federation of Hungarian Taxpayers) for his support subsequent to the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
Kevin is past president of CAEPLA, the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowners Association, and past editor of the CAEPLA Landowner Journal. He was the host of Landowner Talk Radio, where each week for nearly two years on stations in southern Alberta, he and Edmonton area lawyer, Keith Wilson, would regularly speak about property rights and various government policies in the province, including the Alberta Land Bills.
Mark Milke was a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute between 2010 and 2015. Mr. Milke led the Institute’s work on Alberta-related issues as well as contributing to a broad host of national and regional studies. Mr. Milke is currently an independent analyst and consultant in Calgary.
Mr. Milke has authored four books on Canadian politics and policy and dozens of studies on topics such as property rights, public sector pensions, corporate welfare, competition policy, aboriginal matters and taxes. Prior to joining the Fraser Institute, Mr. Milke was the research director for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and former B.C. and Alberta director with the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation. His work has been published widely in Canada since 1997 and in addition to the Fraser Institute, his papers have also been published in the United States by the American Enterprise Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation and in Europe by the Brussels-based Centre for European Studies.
Mark Skousen, Ph. D., Editor of Forecasts & Strategies, is a nationally known investment expert, economist, university professor, and author of more than 25 books. Currently, Dr. Skousen is a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.
He recently was named one of the 20 most influential living economists.