Parliamentary Associates are a team of academics and practitioners who are dedicated to strengthening parliaments through the application of cutting edge research to parliamentary capacity building activities. Among the core group of Parliamentary Associates are:



Rick Stapenhurst is a Professor of Practice at McGill University in the Desautels Faculty of Management. He is a former board member at Parliamentary Centre, member of Transparency International and member of the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists. He has worked with approximately 50 parliaments in Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific and has written numerous publications covering a variety of parliamentary topics, most recent of which include The Handbook on Budget Oversight (for Presidential Systems) and The Handbook on the Role of Parliament in Curbing Corruption, both prepared for GOPAC/World Bank Institute (with Riccardo Pelizzo); Parliamentary Communications (with Gurprit Kindra); and Parliamentary Benchmarking (co-editor with Mitchell O’Brien and Lisa von Trapp).  He completed his doctorate in Business and Commerce in 2011 at The Australian National University, researching presidential and parliamentary systems of government.


Anthony Staddon is a parliamentary specialist with expertise in the areas of Public Accounts Committees, public financial management, parliamentary development, good governance and European Union politics. Currently a lecturer at the University of Westminster and a veteran moderator to World Bank online learning courses, Anthony has also worked as an adviser to the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as Assistant Director for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and has engaged with a number of parliaments, including Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Kosovo, Kenya, Solomon Islands, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Fiji & Nigeria. Anthony has also acted as a consultant for the European Union, the National Democratic Institute, Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.


Brooke Larson is a task-driven education and learning specialist with almost twenty years of experience in education and parliaments as an economic development solution. Brooke has managed over one hundred online learning courses for parliamentary professionals and has developed accessible, easily digestible, and relevant learning material that successfully bridges new research with the community for whom and about whom the research was meant to benefit.  Brooke can deliver face to face and online learning, develop curricula for local training programs, and has edited books and written articles published for the parliamentary community.


Rasheed Draman


Paul Bélisle is a seasoned diplomat and internationally-recognized expert on corporate governance with over forty years of experience working in the Senate and Parliaments of Canada. He has given counsel and advice to several iterations of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.





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