RegisterThe Institute for Liberal Studies will be hosting the 3rd annual Canadian Property Rights Conference from October 16-18, 2014 in Calgary, AB.

This conference is designed to give those interested in the role of property rights in a free society an opportunity to learn and to meet others who share their interest. Join us at the Delta Calgary South Hotel for a three days of discussions and networking. Register by September 30 and receive a special early-bird rate of $179! Student registration is just $49!  A preview of our schedule is available here. Speakers at the conference will include:

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Brian Lee Crowley is the founder and Managing Director of the Macdonal-Laurier Institute, a national think tank based in Ottawa. Crowley is the author of including Canadian Century: Moving Out of America’s Shadow and Fearful Symmetry: The Fall and Rise of Canada’s Founding Values. Crowley is a frequent commentator on issues of public policy in Canada and served from 2006-08 as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada. Previously he was President of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and a professor at Dalhousie University. He holds a doctorate in political economy from the London School of Economics.


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John Robson is columnist and commentator for Sun Media and Sun TV, a broadcaster with 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.




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Tom Flanagan is a former Professor of political science at the University of Calgary. Professor Flanagan’s scholarship has focused on Native and Metis rights in Western Canada and has particular interest in the lack of property rights on Native reserves. Flanagan is the co-author of a book on property rights, Theories of Property: Aristotle to the Present. Mr Flanagan also served as an advisor to Stephen Harper before 2004. He frequently appears on television discussing Canadian politics.



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Derek From is a staff lawyer with the Canadian Constitution Foundation. After graduating with a Bachelor in Religious Studies from Briercrest College, Derek completed a degree in philosophy at the University of Waterloo. Derek entered the University of Western Ontario’s law program and was awarded a Juris Doctor in the spring of 2009.  As a musician who has worked with many different record labels in the last ten years, Derek is interested in copyright law. Likewise, because of his background in political philosophy, Derek is also interested in constitutional law, administrative law, and philosophy of law.  In July of 2009, Derek relocated to Calgary and joined the Canadian Constitution Foundation as an articling student.


lorne gunter rndLorne Gunter has built a loyal following for his unrepentant take on political affairs since 1991, when he started at Alberta Report. He became managing editor while covering federal and provincial politics at the magazine that bred some of Canada’s top conservative commentators including Ezra Levant, Ted Byfield and Rick Bell.





Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington and is currently the Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. He also serves as chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. Scott Reid is the author of two books – “Lament for a Notion” and “Canada Remapped” – as well as numerous articles. He has appeared before parliamentary committees, at both the provincial and federal levels as an expert witness on issues relating to national unity and democracy. Prior to his election, Scott served as chief constitutional advisor to Preston Manning. He also taught history at the University of Western Sydney in Australia.


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Karen Selick has been the litigation director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) since 2009. Karen earned her LL.B. degree at the University of Toronto, and was called to the bar in 1978. She spent twenty-four years in private practice, primarily in the field of family law. She is also a prolific commentator on legal issues and current events. Her articles have been published in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Canadian Lawyer magazine, and many other newspapers and magazines.



monte solberg rndMonte Solberg is a principal at New West Public Affairs. As Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat) from 1993-2008, Monte served under Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and as Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. He retired from office in September 2008. Solberg currently writes a popular weekly column for the SUN Newspapers, frequently appears as a contributor on SUN News Network, and continues to speak on public policy issues across Canada and internationally. He also serves as a Governor with the International Development Research Centre. He was the General Manager of CHUM Radio Alberta prior to political life.


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Marni Soupcoff is the Executive Director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, a registered charity that defends the constitutional rights and freedoms of Canadians in the courts of law and public opinion. Marni is a fourth generation Torontonian, but spent nine years in the United States, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University in 1997 and received her law degree from Stanford University in 2000. Before moving back to Toronto, Marni worked as a lawyer with the Institute for Justice, where she litigated economic liberty and property rights cases. Her writing appears weekly in the National Post and the Huffington Post Canada, and she spends her free time seeking peace through yoga and enjoying fun chaos with her husband and three young children.


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Keith Wilson is an Alberta lawyer who led a grass-roots revolt against new provincial laws that attacked property rights. Mr. Wilson mobilized tens of thousands of Albertans to take up the cause in support of their property rights, and he produced viral videos on YouTube, a LandOwner Talk Radio program and a provincial property rights sign campaign. In addition to being the policy chair of the Alberta Landowners Council, Mr. Wilson’s legal practice includes representing landowners, agriculture industries and developers on property rights issues before Alberta courts and regulatory tribunals. In 2011, the Alberta Venture Magazine named Mr. Wilson one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people for his efforts on property rights.



The conference will take place at the Delta Calgary South Hotel (135 Southland Dr SE). Conference attendees will be able to book rooms at a special rate of $129/night for a limited time. For those driving to the conference, complimentary parking is available on site.


Early bird registration is $179 until September 30. After September 30 the fee will be $249. Full-time students may register at the special rate of just $49.

What’s Included?

The conference fee includes full access to all speakers and panels, plus an opening reception on Thursday evening, breakfast and lunch on Friday, and breakfast on Saturday.

Media Request

If you would like to cover the conference as a member of the media, please submit your request here.