May 26, 2022, 13h30-15h00 “Insights into the Conservative Party Leadership Contest

Mike Donison and Adam Bolek

Mr. Donison will present a brief overview of the history and the rules of the Conservative Party leadership selection process and summarize the recent developments that led the Party to another leadership contest. Mr. Bolek will speak to each candidate’s background, prospects and mechanics of their leadership campaign. A question and answer session will follow.

Mike Donison

Mr. Donison was a political consultant and analyst for more than 20 federal and provincial elections. He has served in a number of political roles in Ottawa:

  • Deputy Director and then Director of Policy and Research in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition
  • Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada 
  • Senior Policy Advisor for Legislation and Democratic Reform to the Government House Leader.

He has worked with cabinet ministers, including as Assistant to the Minister of National Defence and Veterans’ Affairs in Ottawa (1979-80) and Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Industry and Small Business Development in Victoria, B.C. (1980-82). 

Since 2011 he has served as the Chancellor of‎ the Anglican Network in Canada (ANIC). 

Mr. Donison is a graduate of the University of Victoria (Honours Political Science) and the University of British Columbia (Law). He practiced law, particularly in the areas of commercial, real estate and succession and estate law for 23 years and is still a member of the British Columbia Bar. He taught courses on Constitutional law, the Canadian Legal System and Canadian Government at the University of Victoria.

Mike and his wife Marilyn are enjoying retirement in Kelowna, B.C.

Adam Bolek photo

Adam Bolek

Mr. Bolek has fifteen years experience in public and government affairs, politics, campaigns and research. He attended McMaster University, before moving to Ottawa to work for the Association of Canadian Distillers. 

Subsequently, Adam joined Crestview Strategy, rising to the position of Vice President, responsible for Ottawa based clients and staff. He has worked across all industries and issues, ranging from mining, trade, telecommunications and technology. He has advised political parties and leaders around the world, as well as corporate and non-profit leaders. 

Adam is currently the Head of Global Government Affairs at OpenText, one of Canada's largest software companies.