Ben Brunnen is an executive leader with a proven track record for conducting economic and public policy analysis, and developing and advancing government affairs and stakeholder engagement initiatives in jurisdictions across Canada for over 20 years.
Ben is a Senior Fellow at the CD Howe Institute, and holds a masters degree in public administration and a bachelors degree in economics.
Prior to launching Verum Consulting, Ben served as the Vice President of Oil Sands, Fiscal & Economic Policy at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. During his tenure, Ben advanced priorities related to tax and fiscal policy, investment competitiveness, emissions policy, regulatory efficiency, ESG and production forecasting.
Ben also served as the Director of Policy, Government Affairs & Chief Economist at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce where he led the economic, policy and government affairs functions for all three levels of government.
Ben has worked in a breadth of other sectors including with BC municipal affairs, the Canada West Foundation, and as a consultant with Indigenous organizations, municipalities, businesses, associations and academic institutions.