Public Policy Forum welcomes Brian Topp and Jane Hooker as fellows

12/14/2016

The Public Policy Forum is pleased to announce the appointment of two new fellows, Brian Topp and Jane Hooker. Jane's perspective from beyond Canada's borders and Brian's deep experience in Canadian politics and policy will help build the PPF's capacity to explore and find solutions to Canada’s most pressing public policy challenges.

Brian Topp
A political strategist, writer and former union leader, Brian most recently served as chief of staff to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. He also directed her transition team when she took office in 2015.

Brian has long been involved in both the provincial and national political arenas. He was Director of Research for Saskatchewan's executive council before becoming former premier Roy Romanow's deputy chief of staff. He was also the federal New Democratic Party's national campaign director in 2006 and 2008 and, following the death of Jack Layton in 2012, he ran for the party leadership.

An avid writer, Brian has published extensively on Canadian policy issues. He was director of the Broadbent Institute until 2015 and was a partner in Kool, Topp and Guy, a strategic consulting firm.

Brian worked as the executive director of ACTRA Toronto for more than 11 years and has served on numerous boards, including the ROI Fund, FilmOntario and Pinewood Toronto Studios. He graduated with honours from McGill University with a degree in Arts, History and Political Science.

 

Jane Hooker
Currently on leave from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jane is a career diplomat and international lawyer. She has developed a deep understanding of diplomacy, negotiation and global affairs through her wide-ranging career in policy and legal issues.

As a senior legal adviser Jane has experience as counsel for bilateral and regional trade negotiations, including the Hong Kong-New Zealand and Korea-New Zealand free trade agreements and the Regional Closer Economic Partnership (RCEP). At the management level, she led a high-performing team of lawyers covering environmental and Law of the Sea issues, including negotiating on international fisheries management. She has also worked on international criminal law and human rights issues, including the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Jane has worked at senior levels on international defence and security issues, as well as represented New Zealand at negotiations on the definition of terrorism at the UN and at international meetings to counter terrorist financing. Jane has also undertaken a diplomatic posting to The Hague.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), where she was awarded the Gold Medal as the top law graduate.