Harry Near has spent over twenty-five years as a government affairs consultant, advising private sector companies on strategies and tactics for best dealing with the federal government.
Since the 1970's, Harry has been a political advisor to Progressive Conservative parties and governments at both the federal and provincial level. He currently serves as a director on boards at a number of private and public sector companies and organizations. In 1984 and 1988, he was the National Campaign Director for the Progressive Conservative party's national election campaigns. He continues as an advisor to Conservative Party candidates today. Prior to his government consulting career, Harry worked for Imperial Oil Limited in a number of company departments. In 1979 and 1984, he was Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to the federal Ministers of Energy, Mines and Resources.
Harry received an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Toronto.