The Alberta Institute is an independent, libertarian-minded, public policy think tank that aims to advance personal freedom and choice in Alberta.
Founded in 2018, we work to develop and promote solutions to a wide range of municipal, provincial, and federal public policy issues in a strictly non-partisan way.
Our solutions are informed by our belief in a free and open society built on individual rights, private property, peace, voluntaryism, free markets, free minds, free trade, free movement, self-ownership, and reason.
We promote these beliefs through a wide variety of activities and actions, including research, data analysis, publications, newsletters, advocacy, events, conferences, and more.
The Alberta Institute’s work is funded by thousands of small-dollar donors from across Alberta who believe in - and wish to support - our mission.
We don’t accept any government funding - and we never will - because we think Albertans should be free to choose, for themselves, which organizations to support.
The donations we receive from our supporters allow us to hire dedicated research staff and volunteer coordinators, publish and promote our findings, host events to help get the message out and connect with the community, offer internships and other opportunities to young Albertans, and much more.
We also depend on our grassroots volunteers, spread across nearly every community in the Province, to help with our mission of advancing personal freedom and choice across Alberta.
Founder and President
Peter McCaffrey is the Founder and President of the Alberta Institute, an independent, libertarian-minded, public policy think tank that aims to advance personal freedom and choice in Alberta.
He regularly appears in a wide variety of local and nationwide media, and speaks on topics as diverse as municipal finance and transparency, liquor and drug laws, fiscal policy, taxi regulation, education reform, technology, and civil liberties.
Before founding the Alberta Institute, Peter worked in a number of senior roles at various think tanks in Canada, and as a political, business, and technology consultant internationally.
Director of Operations
Alex McColl is the Director of Operations at the Alberta Institute, an independent, libertarian-minded, public policy think tank that aims to advance personal freedom and choice in Alberta.
He holds a Business degree from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, where he wrote a capstone thesis on military procurement policy.
Prior to joining the Alberta Institute, Alex spent seven years at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and has also worked and volunteered at several non-profit advocacy groups.
Executive Director, Project Confederation
Josh Andrus is the Executive Director of Project Confederation at the Alberta Institute, an independent, libertarian-minded public policy think tank that aims to advance personal freedom and choice in Alberta.
He is a fourth-generation Albertan from Drumheller and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Lethbridge, majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Science.
Prior to joining the Alberta Institute, Josh worked as the Executive Director for a grassroots advocacy organization and volunteered in several political and policy roles.