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Professor Joseph Bruce Varner, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Cand.), KGCStG


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Professor Joseph Bruce Varner, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Cand.), KGCStG

Professor Varner is a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Relations in 1988 from Acadia University, a Master of Arts in Political Science in 1991 from Acadia University, and is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Business Administration at Northcentral University.

Professor Varner has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and has served since 2008 as the Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to the Minister of National Defence of Canada. His professional leadership experience also includes:

  • 2002- 2009: Associate Professor and Director for the Department of Homeland Security Studies Program, American Military University, Manassas Park, Virginia, USA
  • 2006-2007: Vice President, Defence and Foreign G-4 Strategic Communications, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1997- 2006: Senior Policy Advisor to Senator J. Michael Forrestall, Senate of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1995-Present: Consultant, JL Varner Public Policy Consultants, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1986-1994: Commissioned Officer, Canadian Forces, and Captain, West Nova Scotia Regiment, Canadian Army

Professor Varner’s political, intergovernmental and volunteer experience includes:

  • 2012: Grand Chancellor, Order of St. George
  • 2009 – Present: Secretary and Registrar, Federal District,  St. John Ambulance
  • 2008: Winning Deputy Campaign Manager, Ottawa-Orleans Federal Riding
  • 2006-2007: Board Member, PC Ontario Fund
  • 2006-2007: Winning PC Campaign Manager, Nepean-Carleton Ontario Provincial By-election in 2006-and Ontario Provincial general election in 2007
  • 2004: Board Member, Canadian Cancer Society, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 2004- 2005: Eastern Ontario Representative, Canadian Cancer Society Government Lobby
  • 2003-2007: Various political commentating on CFRA, CFRB, CBC Radio, CTV, Rogers 22 (Ottawa)
  • 2003: PC Candidate for MPP (Ottawa-Centre)
  • Former senior policy advisor to several federal and provincial politicians, including leadership contenders
  • Experienced campaign manager, issues manager and strategist

Professor Varner has served as Editor of the Global Security Brief and Associate Editor of Canadian Naval Review. His published works include one book and over 50 articles, and a complete bibliography is available at InHomelandSecurity.com.

Professor Varner’s honours and awards include:

  • Senior Fellow, New Westminster College
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Serving Brother, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
  • Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service
  • Chief of Military Personnel Command Commendation
  • Chief of Land Staff Command Commendation
  • Knight Grand Cross, Order of St. George

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Professor Joseph Bruce Varner is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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