Logo_Placeholder_BlueMLI moves up in UPenn’s annual list of think tanks around the world

OTTAWA, Jan. 29, 2016 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is once again receiving high marks from a highly-respected international study for its thought leadership on issues vital to making Canada the best-governed country in the world.

And despite only being on the scene for five years, MLI is quickly gaining ground on some of Canada’s more established think tanks.

MLI placed as the top think tank based in Ottawa as part of the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings, produced by the University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Society Program.

MLI also once again ranked in the top three among its Canadian peers: truly independent, national public policy think tanks focusing on the full spectrum of national issues and receiving no government subsidy.

“In just five short years MLI has carved out a reputation for incisive and timely interventions on the national issues that matter most to Canadians", said Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director of MLI.

“These rankings are a welcome acknowledgement of the steady progress MLI has made in Canada’s think tank community for thought leadership on issues of vital national importance”.

MLI burst onto the scene in 2010, earning Go To Index honours as the top Canadian think tank in the “best new think tank” category three years in a row. In 2013 MLI was named one of the top three new think tanks in the world.

In its first five years, MLI has steadily improved its ranking among Canadian think tanks, jumping from ninth among Canadian think tanks in 2011 to seventh in 2014. In 2015 it improved to fourth among Canadian think tanks. During this rapid rise it has surpassed many older, better-funded and more established institutions.

“In just five short years MLI has carved out a reputation for incisive and timely interventions on the national issues that matter most to Canadians" -Brian Lee Crowley

The Institute celebrated its fifth year in 2015 with some major contributions in Aboriginal affairs, justice, economics, governance and other key public policy areas.

Senior Fellow Philip Cross’ paper detailing high rates of sick leave in the federal civil service earned the Institute coverage in major news outlets such as BNN, CBC, Global and the National Post.

E-mail252x372Senior Fellow Ken Coates’ put the idea of resource revenue sharing, which calls for provinces to share the revenues from major natural resource projects with Aboriginal groups, onto the map.

Building on the success of his paper on Canada Post, author Ian Lee emerged as a key voice on how to make Canada’s national mail service financially sustainable.

Author Richard Owens’ report on why the intellectual property and e-commerce sections of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will help, rather than hinder, Canadian innovators contributed to changing the conversation surrounding an important free trade deal.


The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is the only non-partisan, independent national public policy think tank in Ottawa focusing on the full range of issues that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

For more information, please contact Mark Brownlee, communications manager, at 613-482-8327 x105 or email at mark.brownlee@macdonaldlaurier.ca.

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