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6th International Public Safety/Counterterrorism Conference
"International Cooperation through Private/Public Partnerships"

April 23-24-2007

Thomas H. Kean

  • Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
  • President, Drew University, Madison, NJ 1990-2005
  • Chairman, 9/11 Commission 2002-2004
  • Governor, State of New Jersey 1982-1990

On December 16, 2002, Tom Kean was named by President George W. Bush to head the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. The Commission's work culminated on July 22, 2004, with the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, which quickly became a national bestseller. Its recommendations resulted in the largest intelligence reform in the nation's history. Kean currently serves as the chairman of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a nonprofit entity created with private funds to continue the Commission's work of guarding against future attacks.

As Governor, Kean was rated among America's most effective state leaders by Newsweek magazine; noted for tax cuts that spurred 750,000 new jobs; a federally replicated welfare reform program; landmark environmental policies; and more than 30 education reforms. He delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Republican National Convention. He was re-elected for a second term by the largest margin in state history. While Governor, he served on the President's Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor's Association Task Force on Teaching. He remains one of the most popular governors in New Jersey's history.

Hon. John P. Manley, P.C.

The Honourable John Manley is Senior Counsel at McCarthy Tétrault LLP where he provides strategic advice in matters relating to public affairs, including trade, telecommunications, security and finance. He also consults clients in matters concerning foreign governments. With offices in every major Canadian financial and business centre, McCarthy Tétrault is Canada's premier law firm with close to 800 lawyers.

Mr. Manley was first elected to Parliament as a Liberal in 1988 and re-elected three times. He served as Minister of Industry from 1993 to 2000 and as Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Québec from 1996 to 2000.

Mr. Manley served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to January 2002. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he was named Chairman of a new Cabinet Committee on Public Security and Anti-terrorism. For the role he played following 9/11, he was named TIME Canada Magazine's "Newsmaker of the Year" in December 2001.

In January 2002, Mr. Manley was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Political Minister for Ontario, Minister of Infrastructure and Crown Corporations, and Chairman of the Cabinet Committees on Economic Union and Social Union, while continuing to serve as Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Public Security and Anti-terrorism. He became Finance Minister in June 2002 and tabled the Government's federal budget in February 2003.

After leaving the federal Cabinet, Mr. Manley produced a report for the Ontario Minister of Energy on the role of Ontario Power Generation. He sits on the Boards of Directors of Nortel Networks and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as well as a number of advisory Boards and not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Manley is a graduate of Carleton University (BA 1971) and University of Ottawa (LLB 1976) receiving the gold medal of his graduating class. He also studied at l'Université de Lausanne - École de français moderne in 1972. He articled as a law clerk to the Rt. Hon. Bora Laskin, former Chief Justice of Canada, and was called to the Ontario bar in 1978.

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