Reform Party founder to speak at Tansley Lecture

By Costa Maragos Posted: April 18, 2018 8:30 a.m.

Preston Manning is the former federal leader of the opposition. His lecture title is: Scouting the Future: Saskatchewan’s Social and Economic Frontiers.
Preston Manning is the former federal leader of the opposition. His lecture title is: Scouting the Future: Saskatchewan’s Social and Economic Frontiers. Photo - Speakers’ Spotlight

Preston Manning, founder of the Reform Party and former leader of the federal opposition in Ottawa, is the keynote speaker at the annual Tansley Lecture.

The annual lecture, hosted by the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, takes place Thursday, April 19 at Regina’s Queensbury Convention Centre.  

The title of Manning’s speech is Scouting the Future: Saskatchewan’s Social and Economic Frontiers.

Using a scout as an analogy, Manning will offer his perspective and advice on the dangers and opportunities that lie ahead on Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s social and economic frontiers. The scout is someone experienced at evaluating and forecasting, and who has specific knowledge allowing them to identify talent, the next “big thing”, risks, and potential opportunities.

Donald Tansley
Donald Tansley


Manning served as a Calgary area Member of Parliament from 1993 to 2001. He founded two political parties—the Reform Party of Canada, and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance, and served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 - 2000.

Manning is the Founder of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy—a national not-for-profit organization that supports research, training, and communications initiatives to achieve a more democratic society in Canada based on conservative principles.

This is the eleventh annual Tansley Lecture, named in honor of the late Donald Tansley, one of the most distinguished civil servants from Saskatchewan.

Tansley served as a senior public servant in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and the Federal Government. Highlights included his work as chairman of the commission that implemented medicare in Saskatchewan and his contribution as Deputy Minister of Finance. His federal appointments included administrator under the Anti-Inflation Act and the first Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Tansley passed away in 2007.

The Tansley lecture has a history of insightful speakers. Recent speakers include John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Chantel Hébert, National Affairs Columnist with the Toronto Star and Colin Robertson, Vice-President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy was established in 2007 as a joint collaboration between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. Since then the school has become one of Canada’s leading policy schools for educating graduate students and public servants interested in and devoted to advancing public value.