With over 30 years of public policy and international relations experience in both the United States and Canadian governments, Bud is a results-oriented team player with the proven ability to motivate and lead. His professional expertise includes climate, energy, environment, trade, and defence issues, as well as space and innovation policy.
Prior to joining Earnscliffe, Bud served as Special Advisor for Energy and Environment at the United States Embassy in Ottawa. For over two decades Bud provided expert advice and analysis to decision-makers at the Embassy, U.S. Consulates General across Canada, and to officials in Washington D.C. on developments in Canadian economy, government, and society with an emphasis on climate, energy, environment, and trade issues. During his tenure at the embassy Bud worked extensively with Canadian federal and provincial government officials to achieve mutually beneficial solutions across the border.
As a defence scientist with the Department of National Defence in Ottawa, Bud developed strategies, options and recommendations for defense science and technology policy – including Canada’s defence S&T partnerships with the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, and with NATO’s Research Technology Office.
He began his government career as a Foreign Service Officer with External Affairs and International Trade Canada. He served in Hong Kong, Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as in Ottawa. Additionally, his work experience includes modelling natural gas flow for a major gas transmission pipeline company, spending time as an oilfield laborer, and working summers as a telephone “Central Office Technician”.
Bud holds an MPA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Lethbridge, and a graduate degree in medical science from the University of Calgary. He is also a diplomate in Industrial Engineering Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Bud was born in Kansas, raised in Alberta, and formally became an Ontarian when he married an Ottawa native.