Widely regarded as one of Canada's leading conservative activist voices, Joseph Ben-Ami co-host of The Combat Zone Podcast and a Senior Partner at Ditchley Public Affairs specializing in strategic communications, political marketing, and fundraising for conservative causes and candidates for public office.
A former naval officer, Ben-Ami has extensive experience in strategic planning and communications in both the private sector and the political arena and has held senior positions in several local, provincial and national political and advocacy campaigns. From 2008 to 2014 he was President of the Arthur Meighen Institute for Public Affairs, a conservative-oriented think-tank. Prior to joining the Meighen Institute he was Executive Director of the Institute for Canadian Values, and before that, Director of Government Relations and Diplomatic Affairs for the well-known Jewish human rights group B'nai Brith. He has served on numerous organizational boards, including the advisory board of Jews against Anti-Christian Defamation.
Ben-Ami served as a policy aid to Stephen Harper, Canada's former Conservative Prime Minister, as well as Stockwell Day, Harper's predecessor as Party Leader. He has also served as a consultant speechwriter for several senior executives and political officials. Most recently Ben-Ami led Brad Trost's national campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, and he is a DIrector at BlueCommittee.Org.
Ben-Ami is a respected television and radio commentator and regular public speaker, offering insights on public policy and current affairs from a conservative perspective. When not writing or speaking himself, he is sharing his expertise, training and consulting on political and issues campaigns, speech-writing, media-relations and communications. He also lectures widely on subjects such as civic engagement and leadership.
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