What is Blue Skies Ontario?
Blue Skies Ontario is a catalyst for “blue sky” thinking on how to build a stronger centre-right in Ontario, harnessing the power of individual liberty and market-based solutions to solve today's public policy challenges.
Some BSO supporters are motivated by electoral politics, while others want to bring reformist policy ideas to Ontario and grow the political movement beyond electoral politics.
Blue Skies Ontario's Team
Leif Malling, Managing Director
Leif is one of the founders and a Managing Director of Blue Skies Ontario. He is an Associate Director at Turner & Townsend, a global management consulting firm. Leif provides strategic advice to public and private sector clients developing major infrastructure projects.
On behalf of the Harper Government, Leif led the founding and development of PPP Canada, a Federal Crown Corporation. In Ottawa, Leif also worked in the offices of the leader of the Official Opposition Minister of Industry and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Leif has worked on dozens of campaigns, locally and nationally. In 2011 and 2014, Leif co-led the PC Party’s infrastructure and transportation policy teams.
He is a past Executive member of the Emerging Leaders Network studio team, and the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian International Council. A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa, Leif lives with his fiancé Kate and their cocker spaniel Ozzie, in central Toronto.
Jamie Ellerton, Managing Director
Jamie is the Principal of Conaptus Ltd and brings ten years of public affairs and communications experience to Blue Skies Ontario as a co-founder.
He has consulted for companies, both public and private, and has significant experience advising senior political figures in Canada. He worked for the federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Ontario's Leader of the Opposition, and was also the Executive Director of a national NGO that advocates for Canada's petroleum industry.
In 2012, he was asked to testify before the House of Commons Finance Committee on the 2012-2013 Federal Budget. His work has been featured in the Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, New York Times, and Huffington Post Canada. He has appeared as a commentator on CTV, CBC, CP24, Global TV, TVO and Sun News Network.
Jamie was the PC Candidate in Parkdale – High Park for the 2014 Provincial Election.