Michael Van Pelt

Michael Van Pelt, President and CEO of Cardus, a public policy think tank, has more than 30 years of experience in public life, including advocacy with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Chamber of Commerce and serving as a municipal Councillor. Since 2000, Michael has helped build Cardus into a full-fledged think tank, delivering research that is public, credible and Christian. He continues to consult widely and undertake advisory work, helping institutions strategically connect their beliefs with their behaviours.

Bio last updated March 14th, 2022.

Michael Van Pelt

Articles by Michael Van Pelt

  • Missing the Point of Prayer

    Earlier this month, Cardus President and CEO Michael Van Pelt attended the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by President Trump. Van Pelt witnessed first hand the hardened divisions between Americans of faith and their media. He warns Canadians should brace themselves for a spill over effect.

    You'd be very surprised by the number of people who go away from the Prayer Breakfast and in their normal prayer life would pray for their country and for the president - even if some actually disagree with the president Honestly, if you had asked the 4,000 people who were there what the story would...

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  • Changing Politics for a Changed Country

    The challenge for a renewed conservatism that will have the authenticity and robustness to appeal again to the electorate will have the courage to avoid simplistic talking points and recognize that a healthy society requires a full range of social institutions to play their roles Rethinking charity,...

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  • How can the Canadian right recharge?

    If conservatives hope to regain Conservative government, we observe from our neutral corner, the country’s largest gathering spanning the pragmatic centre-right to the distant galaxies of libertarianism must not spend time scowling at each other or, worse, making goo-goo eyes at the past Conservativ...

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  • My 2013 Top Ten

    Do you know of another outfit that could (a) draw 400 people—on Toronto's snowiest day—to meet a Hong Kong cardinal and a Canadian cabinet minister; (b) bring a priest, professor, and central banker together to discuss economic virtue; and (c) present a British Lord speaking of faith in our common l...

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  • The great issue of our day

    The future of charitable giving, and the vibrancy of the charitable sector, will be influenced much more by social and cultural conditions than by the limited tools available to government Indeed in 2008, based on the Canadian trend of increased population and higher incomes, the federal government ...

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  • The Conversation

    On the cusp of launching a new publication to further the organization's mission of renewing Canada's social architecture, Cardus President Michael Van Pelt sat down with Convivium to explain the objectives for this venture and its overall purpose in the Canadian public policy sphere.

    MVP: From a social architecture point of view, the reality is that The Convivium Project is going to infuse religion and belief into a public dialogue that is often missing, sometimes unwanted, but surely is more meaningful now than ever On the cusp of launching a new publication to further the orga...

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