The Macdonald-Laurier Institute Adds Two New Senior Fellows

OTTAWA, ON (April 28, 2022): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to welcome its newest Senior Fellows, Rob Huebert and Heather Exner-Pirot. Huebert joins the Institute’s list of experts focusing on issues related to Canadian defense and Arctic security, while Exner-Pirot will continue to provide expert advice on indigenous and northern issues, as well as energy security.

Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He has also served as an Associate Director at the university’s Center for Military and Strategic Studies. He was appointed as a member of the Canadian Polar Commission (now renamed Canada Polar Knowledge) from 2010 to 2015.

He has also written on issues of Canadian Arctic security, maritime security and Canadian defense. His work has appeared in International Journal, Canadian Foreign Policy, Isuma – Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal† He was co-editor of United Nations Commercial Satellite Imagery and Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice: Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North

“The Institute is honored to welcome Rob Huebert as a Senior Fellow,” said Shuvaloy Majumdar, MLI’s director of foreign policy. “Huebert is a seasoned expert on Canadian national defense, especially when it comes to Canada’s role in the Arctic. His knowledge will be a major contributor to MLI’s rapidly growing list of Arctic security experts.”

An authority on indigenous and northern economic development, governance, health and postsecondary education, Exner-Pirot was previously a Senior Policy Analyst and Research Coordinator at MLI.

“It is a great privilege to welcome Heather Exner-Pirot to her new role at the Institute as a Senior Fellow,” said MLI Managing Director Brian Crowley. “I am confident that with its continued contributions, MLI will continue to lead the way in providing expert policy advice on matters related to Indigenous Canadians and Northern issues.”

Heather is also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. She will attend a four-month residential fellowship at the Polar and Canada Institutes at the Wilson Center this fall, where she will study Arctic and Indigenous development.

“Heather is a distinguished scientist who I have had the honor of working with in the past,” added Ken Coates, Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Indigenous Affairs Program at MLI. “Her promotion was a matter of formality given her wealth of experience and knowledge.”

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