Pat Armstrong is Professor of Sociology and of Women’s Studies at York University, Toronto, and holds a Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Health Services. A sociologist in the fields of social policy, women, work and health and social services, she has published widely, authoring or co-authoring such books as Critical to Care: the Invisible Women in Health Services (University of Toronto Press); Wasting Away; The Undermining of Canadian Health Care (Oxford University Press); and The Double Ghetto: Canadian Women and Their Segregated Work (Oxford University Press). Much of her work makes the relationship between paid and unpaid work central to the analysis. She chairs Women and Health Care Reform, a group funded for more than a decade by Health Canada, and is acting co-director of the National Network for Environments and Women’s Health. She is currently director at York of the Ontario Training Centre and has served as both Chair of the Department of Sociology at York and Director of the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton. In addition, she has served as an expert witness in more than a dozen cases heard before bodies ranging from the Federal Court to federal Human Rights Tribunals on issues related to women’s work, pay equity and women’s rights.
Linda Briskin is Professor Emeritus in the Social Science Department and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. She is currently researching union leadership, strategies for ensuring equity representation inside unions, the impact of austerity measures on union equality programming and bargaining, and worker militancies, with a special focus on on gendering labour militancies, and nurse militancy. A recent project focuses on leadership, feminism and equality in unions in Canada. She has published extensively on these themes, including the widely read book Women Challenging Unions: Feminism, Democracy, and Militancy (University of Toronto Press), which she co-edited with Patricia McDermott. Recent publications include “Nurse Militancy and Strike Action” (Workers of the World – International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts, 2013); “Merit, Individualism and Solidarity: Revisiting the Democratic Deficit in Union Women’s Leadership” in Leaders, Leadership and Change in Trade Unions (Routledge, 2012); and “Union Renewal, Post-Heroic Leadership and Women’s Organizing: Crossing Discourses, Reframing Debates” (Labor Studies Journal, 2011). Forthcoming publications include “Austerity, Union Policy and Gender Equality Bargaining” (Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research); and “Strategies to Support Equality Bargaining Inside Unions: Representational Democracy and Representational Justice” (for the special Issue on “Rethinking Equality Bargaining” of the Journal of Industrial Relations, April 2014). For more information on her research, visit her website.
Raju J Das
Raju J Das teaches in the Geography Department at York. His work on labour is at two levels. At a more general level, it concerns labour, accumulation and class struggle, focusing on the dual modes of subsumption of labour under capital, and free-unfree character of labour. He is also interested in state-labour relations, and
materialist-dialectical critique of academic approaches to labour agency. At a more specific level, he conducts research on labour in the development context (in peripheral-capitalist societies such as India). In this research: he examines the operation of (rural) labor markets, and the ways in which they are contested; relation between labour and technology including in its bio-chemical and mechanical forms; poverty of laboring families in relation to welfare policies; everyday lives of labour, including norms of reciprocity (social capital) in labor-dominated places, and resistance of proletarian and semi-proletarian wage-earners to class exploitation and social oppression. His 2006-2010 SSHRC project was on labour and neoliberal capitalism, in which the super-exploitation of male and female labour and child labour in export-oriented production was unpacked, and the concept of ‘labour metabolic rift’ was advanced.His work on labour is published in places such as: /Review of Radical Political Economics/ /Dialectical Anthropology,/ /Geoforum,/ /International Journal of Urban and Regional Research,/ /Journal of Contemporary Asia,/ /Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers/, and /Human Geography: A new radical journal/. Some of the more conceptual issues involving labour are also in his ‘/A Contribution to the Critique of Contemporary Capitalism: Theoretical and International Perspectives/’ (Nova, New York, 2014) and will appear in a book manuscript (for Brill) tentatively entitled /Class theory for a sceptical world/.
David Doorey is Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources Management and Academic Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s executive LLM Program in Labour and Employment Law. He has degreed in law and industrial relations from the University of Toronto (B.A., M.I.R.), the London School of Economics (LLM), and Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., Ph.D). He is called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia, and practiced labour and employment law in both provinces prior to returning to academic life. His research interests include labour and employment law, legal theory, regulatory theory, and labour practices governance within global supply chains. Recent publications include “Graduated Freedom of Association: Worker Voice After the Wagner Model,” Queen’s Law Journal (2013); “A Model of Responsive Workplace Law,” Osgoode Hall Law Journal (2012); and “The Transparent Supply Chain: From Resistance to Implementation at Nike and Levi-Strauss,” Journal of Business Ethics (2011). He is also the author of the award-winning blog, The Law of Work and a frequent commentator in the media and on Twitter.
Luin Goldring is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University. Her research interests include immigrant politics, the constitution of transnational social fields, citizenship, precarious work, and precarious status in Canada. Her current collaborative research projects examine Latin American and Caribbean immigrants and precarious work in the GTA, and Latin American community organizing in the GTA. Recent publications have appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Citizenship Studies, and International Migration. She co-edited Organizing the Transnational: Labour, Politics and Social Change (2007).
Andil Gosine’s writing, research and artistic practice explore imbricated iterations of ecology, desire and power, and reference personal experiences growing up in Trinidad and Tobago and Canada, and living in the USA, UK and France, and their social histories. An Associate Professor at York University, where he teaches courses in contemporary Cultural Studies, Dr. Gosine’s research has been published in several journals including Small Axe, Sexualities, Topia Journal of Cultural Studies, Social Justice, Development, Canadian Woman Studies and Alternatives, and he edited the groundbreaking “Sexualities” edition of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. He is also author of the monographs Environmental Justice and Racism in Canada: An Introduction, Rescue and Real Love: Same-sex desire in international development and Sex for pleasure, and a contributor to the scholarly anthologies Queer Ecologies, Queer Online, Queer Youth Cultures, Queerly Canadian, Sex, Power and Taboo and Global Governance and Sexual Rights. Dr. Gosine’s arts practice began in 2011 and his video, photography, installation and performance work has been presented at Queens Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center and MixNYC in New York, at O’Born Contemporary, REEL Asian, Inside Out International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of York University, Rhubarb/Buddies in Bad Times and Videofag in Toronto, Supernova in Washington DC and at Queer City Cinema in Regina. Reviews by and/or about him have appeared in Art in America, Of Note and ARC.
Evelyn Encalada Grez
Evelyn Encalada Grez is an adjunct university professor, transnational community organizer and labour researcher. She teaches in Work and Labour Studies at York University and also online for the University of British Columbia. For over thirteen years she has been working with Mexican migrant farmworkers in rural Canada and with their families throughout rural Mexico. She founded the award winning collective, Justicia/Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW) that is at the forefront of the migrant rights movement in the country. She worked with Min Sook Lee behind and in front of the cameras on the first documentary about migrant farmworkers called “El Contrato”. And right now they are both collaborating on a new documentary titled “Migrant Dreams” about the lives of migrant women in the most precarious of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Programs. Evelyn has shared her knowledge as activist scholar for migrant justice in various venues, including at the United Nations in New York and Parliament Hill.
She is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation about the lives of Mexican migrant farmworker women and their non-migrating kin for a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE of the University of Toronto. Her work with Doctor Kerry Preibisch has been published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and recently Citizenship Studies published their article titled “Between hearts and pockets: locating the outcomes of transnational homemaking practices among Mexican women in Canada’s temporary migration programmes.” Evelyn brings her life experiences of displacement and emigration from Chile to all of her work along with a deep sense of spirituality and respect for the sacred and ancestral.
Jan Kainer is Associate Professor at York University in the Work & Labour Studies Program in the Department of Social Science and in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Her research and publications are in the area of gender and work with particular focus on equity and women’s participation in organized labour. She has published on pay equity, food retail, nurse risk, women in the legal profession, and youth internships. She is currently involved in the CURA SSHRC grant Work in a Warming World in which she is researching the impact of climate change on work in the food sector. Publications include “Exploring risk in professional nursing practice: an analysis of work refusal and professional risk” (with Barbara Beardwood) in Nursing Inquiry (2013); “Gendering Union Renewal: Women’s Contributions to Labour Revitalization” in J. Foley and P. Baker (eds.), Unions, Equity and the Path to Union Renewal (UBC Press, 2009); “Learning Social Justice? Assessing the Benefits of Work Study Placements for Marginalized Students in Post-Secondary Education” in D. Livingston, K.Mirchandani and P. Sawchuk (eds.), The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work: Critical Perspectives (Sense Publishers, 2008); and Cashing In on Pay Equity? Supermarket Restructuring and Gender Equality in Employment (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2002).
Philip Kelly’s current research examines the labour market trajectories of Philipino immigrants and their children in Toronto, the transnational linkages forged with communities and families in the Philippines, and the process of socio-economic change in sending areas. Conceptually, Dr. Kelly is interested in the interface between political economy approaches to class and labour markets, and cultural approaches that explore the intersection of class and other bases of identity.
Dr Christopher Kyriakides holds the Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Research in Race and Racialization and is an Associate Professor in Sociology at York University, Canada. He is a former post-doctoral research fellow of the Centre for Research in Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism, University of Glasgow and of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol. He is an affiliate scholar with the Centre for the Study of Immigration, Population and Public Policy, University of California, Irvine and with York’s Centre for Refugee Studies.
As Canada Research Chair Kyriakides’ “Racialized Reception Contexts” program focuses on configurations of racialization in relation to the meaning of East/West, South/North, and articulations of racism and nationalism in the reception of refugees in Europe, North America and the Middle East. His research is guided by the understanding that racialization (particularly in light of the post-9/11 “war on terror”) works with the historical conditions of racism specific to a given national formation, but in a dynamic global context. The initial five-country analysis of Canada, the United States, Italy, Greece and Jordan, will examine the extent to which policy instruments and media discourse related to the global refugee crisis negatively impacts racialized communities in each reception context.
Maura Matesic is an associate librarian and adjunct professor at York University. Maura is currently teaching courses in research methodologies in the Law and Society program at York, and has published her work in a variety of journals including Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, the Charleston Adviser, and College & Undergraduate Libraries. Her current research centers on workplace bullying in Canadian academic libraries. She is particularly interested in exploring institutional structures that contribute to negative work environments; that enable bullying behaviours; and that prevent employees from seeking timely remedies through personal advocacy, grievance, and union activity.
Leo Panitch holds the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University. He is a political economist, Marxist theorist and co-editor of the Socialist Register.
Viviana Patroni is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University and Coordinator of the International Development Studies Program. Her work has focused on the experience of development in Latin American, the changing nature of state-labour relations under neoliberalism and the emergence of new forms of unionism in Argentina. She is currently also the co-director of a Canadian-funded project of activities aimed at supporting the development of a Latin American network for human rights education and research.
Kelly Pike earned her PhD in industrial and labour relations from Cornell University in 2014 before joining the Work & Labour Studies program at York. She specializes in the role of worker voice and participation in the regulation of international labour standards, with a particular focus on the global garment industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has published peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, a book review, as well as reports and discussion papers for the ILO. Before her appointment at York, she worked as a short-term consultant for the World Bank, reporting on working conditions in the garment industry in Lesotho and Kenya. During this time, she also taught courses in negotiations and labour relations at the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources at the University of Toronto.
Dennis Pilon is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Political Science at York University. His current research deals with unravelling the social struggles and conflict that have given contemporary democracy its shape, both good and bad. One line of research involves an historical analysis of the emergence of democratic institutions, highlighting the key role of organized labour and left/labour parties. Another examines elections as particular spaces of social and political conflict, informed and shaped by the larger capitalist context within which they occur. Finally, his research is exploring the ‘electoral subaltern’ via an ethnographic approach to interviewing non-participants in Canadian elections, who disproportionately are from the ranks of the poor and working class. His recent publications include Wrestling With Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the 20th Century West (University of Toronto Press, 2013).
Prof. Preston is a social geographer currently investigating public debates concerning the impact of immigration on the landscapes of Canadian and Australian cities, immigrant women’s integration in urban labor markets, and the ways transnational migration affects citizenship in Canadian cities.
Sara Slinn joined the Osgoode faculty in 2007, after five years at Queen’s Faculty of Law. Professor Slinn’s research interests are in the areas of labour and employment law, focusing on different approaches and impediments to collective employee representation, and the intersection of Charter rights and labour law. Reflecting her interdisciplinary graduate work, including a PhD in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto, Professor Slinn’s research is interdisciplinary and uses empirical methods of analysis. She has also practised labour and employment law with both the British Columbia Labour Relations Board and a private law firm in Vancouver.Research Interests: Labour Law, Employment Law, Industrial Relations, Constitutional Law, Contracts
Jennifer Stephen specializes in 20th-century Canadian social, political and economic history and comparative welfare state history.
Eric Tucker has been a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto since 1981. He has degrees from Columbia, Yale and York University. He has published extensively on labour and employment law and occupational health and safety regulation and on legal history. He is the author of Administering Danger in the Workplace (1990) and co-author of Labour before the Law (2001) and Self-Employed Workers Organize (2005). He is also the editor of Working Disasters: The Politics of Recognition and Response (2006) and co-editor of Work on Trial: Canadian Labour Law Struggles (2010), Property on Trial: Canadian Property Law Cases in Context (2012) and Constitutional Labour Rights in Canada: Farm Workers and the Fraser Case (2012).
Steven Tufts is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Geography at York University. He has degrees from McGill (BAHons), Queen’s (MA) and York (PhD) Universities. His research interests are related to the geographies of work, workers and organized labour. His current projects involve the use of strategic research by labour unions and labour union renewal in Canada, the integration of immigrants in urban labour markets, labour market adjustment in the hospitality sector, the impact of climate change on workers and workplaces, and the intersection between labour and populism. He has contributed to a number of edited collections and published articles in journals such as Geoforum, Antipode and Environment and Planning A.
Ethel Tungohan is an incoming assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and Social Science. Her research looks at migrant labor, specifically assessing migrant activism. Her forthcoming book, “From the Politics of Everyday Resistance to the Politics from Below,” which will be published by the University of Illinois Press, won the 2014 National Women’s Studies Association First Book Prize. Her work has been published in academic journals such as the International Feminist Journal of Politics, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and Canadian Ethnic Studies. She is also one of the editors of “Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility,” which was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012. She is the founder of Canadians for an Inclusive Canada and is actively involved in grassroots migrant organizations such as Gabriela-Ontario and Migrante-Canada.
Leah F. Vosko
Leah F. Vosko is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work at York University. Professor Vosko is the author of Temporary Work: The Gendered Rise of a Precarious Employment Relationship (University of Toronto Press, 2000), Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment (Oxford University Press, 2010) and co-author of Self-Employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy, and Unions (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005). She is the editor and co-editor of six books including Liberating Temporariness?: Migration, Work and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity (McGill-Queen’s University Press: 2014). She has also overseen collaborative Gender and Work Database and Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database projects since 2001.
Simon Black- Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University. Dr. Black’s research employs a feminist political economy approach to the study of work and labour. Simon is primarily interested in how race, class, and gender shape the social organization of care work, domestic labour, and social reproduction. Recent research has explored child care worker organizing and the theory and practice of community unionism. Simon’s thinking and scholarship is indebted to the Marxist Feminist tradition, Black Feminism, and to his mother, Maxine. Simon is active in the labour and anti-poverty movements.
Dr. Jenny Carson- Department of History, Ryerson. Studies twentieth century American women’s labour history with a particular focus on the history of service work and women’s organizing in the United States. Her work has appeared in Labor Studies Journal, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society, and the Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History. Her article “‘Taking on Corporate Bullies’: Cintas, Laundry Workers, and Organizing in the 1930s and Twenty-First Century,” published in Labor Studies Journal (2010) was chosen by the journal as the best article of 2010. Her book manuscript, ‘It was up to All of us to Fight’: Women, Work, and Resistance in the Laundry Industry, under contract with the University of Illinois Press, provides the first book-length examination of laundry work and laundry worker organizing in the United States. As well as researching the historical roots of worker mobilizations, Dr. Carson currently is part of the five-year SSHRC-funded Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario project, which is investigating how low-wage workers and their allies are responding collectively to the growth of precarious employment in the 21st century. In 2010, Dr. Carson won the Dean’s Teaching Award, which recognizes continuing teaching excellence and achievement in instruction, as well as direct engagement of students. She also is a member of the graduate faculty.
Aziz Choudrey is Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University and a visiting professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, where he is affiliated to the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation.
Jennifer Chun- Department of Sociology University of Toronto- Scarborough. Dr Chun’s research interests are broadly animated by questions about the dynamics of power, inequality and social change under global capitalism. In particular, she explores how people experience and make sense of the social, economic and political transformations associated with employment precarity and the intensification of new and existing social inequalities along gender, race, class and migration status. Her book, Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States (Cornell University Press, 2009) won the ASA Race, Gender and Class Section’s 2012 Distinguished Book Award (co-winner). Her current major research project examines the affective and emotional politics of organizing immigrant women workers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver. She is involved in several collaborative research projects, including a multi-country comparison of alternative models of collective organizing by workers in informal and precarious jobs; gender, migration and care worker organizing; employment standards enforcement gaps in Ontario; and protest cultures in South Korea. She is the past president (2010-14) of the Research Committee on Labour Movements (RC44) of the International Sociological Association. She is the director of the Centre for the Study of Korea housed at the Asian Institute in the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Nicole S. Cohen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with a graduate appointment in U of T’s Faculty of Information. She researches in the area of political economy of communication, particularly work and labour in the media and cultural industries, media and cultural worker organizing, and journalism. Her book, Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age, will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in Fall 2016. Nicole collaborates with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy on the SSHRC-funded project Cultural Workers Organize. Together, they edited a special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism, Critique: Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Labour and Higher Education (2015).
Nicole edits the Work and Labour section of J-Source.ca and serves on the steering committee of the Union for Democratic Communication and the board of directors of the Canadian Intern Association. Her academic research has been published internationally in books, journals, and magazines, including South Atlantic Quarterly, The Communication Review, tripleC, Feminist Media Studies, Democratic Communiqué, Canadian Journal of Communication, Frieze, NOW Magazine, and Briarpatch. In 2013, her co-authored article with de Peuter and Brophy —”Interns Unite! You Have Nothing To Lose (Literally)”—won the CWA Canada/CAJ Award For Labour Reporting.
Nicole is the co-founder and former co-editor of Shameless, an independent feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth that has been publishing since 2004 (she currently serves on the board of directors).
Thomas Collombat is Assistant Professor in Social Sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Political Economy from Carleton University. His research focuses on labour internationalism in the Americas, the socio-political analysis of the Québec labour movement, and union democracy in a comparative approach, particularly between North America and Western Europe.
Kendra Coulter is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University. Her recent research focuses on strategies for improving retail work and includes comparative analysis of workers’ organizing, culture, and public policy. She also explores animal work, or the work done with, by, and for animals, particularly horses. Coulter’s scholarship is informed by an interest in gender and emotions at work, anti-poverty work, and how solidarity is conceptualized and practiced. Recent publications include “Feeling Resistance: Gender and Emotions in Retail Organizing,” WorkingUSA: Journal of Labor and Society (2013); “Raising Retail: Organizing Retail Workers in Canada and the United States,” Labor Studies Journal (2013); and “Solidarity in Deed: Poor People’s Organizations, Unions, and the Politics of Anti-Poverty Work in Ontario,” Anthropology of Work Review (2012). Her forthcoming book, Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action and Social Change, is published by Palgrave Macmillan. Coulter’s commentary on the contemporary issues surrounding retail work can be found on her website and on Twitter. She is also the Treasurer of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies.
Manoj Dias- Abey
Manoj Dias-Abey is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (Queen’s University). Manoj’s current research looks at the strategies civil society organizations can employ to improve the working conditions of migrant farmworkers, especially given the nature of the globalized food system. Manoj is interested in the broader issue of emerging worker organizations—e.g. innovative unions, worker centres, legal clinics, activist and advocacy bodies, transnational advocacy networks, and social movements—and how these organizations draw upon, are limited, and transformed by the legal environment.
Bryan Evans is Full Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies. In addition to a PhD in Political Science from York University, he holds a Master of Arts from York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University.
Dr. Evans joined the faculty of Ryerson’s Department of Politics and Public Administration in August 2003, however, his association with the Department, as a sessional instructor and member of the Department’s Advisory Council goes back to the early 1990s. Prior to his appointment to a tenure-stream position, Bryan enjoyed a diverse career as a researcher, policy advisor and senior manager spanning several public sector organizations including the Ontario Legislative Assembly, the Ontario Public Service and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Ian MacDonald is a professor in the School of Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal. His research interests include labour politics, organization and union bargaining strategies, comparative political economy, labour geography, urban policy, labour relations in Latin America and globalization. His research has already resulted in numerous publications and scientific outreach activities. Ian has a PhD (Political Science) from York University. He has recently been a Visiting Scholar at the Worker Institute of Cornell University’s ILR School and an adjunct professor at the Murphy Institute of the City University of New York.
Dr. Suzanne Mills earned a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology at McGill University, an M.Sc. in Biological Conservation from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of labour geography, geographies of Aboriginal peoples and environmental geography.
Specifically, her current research examines how labour unions are changing in response to institutional changes in the north and is entitled: “Effecting change in long-standing institutions: Aboriginal employment and labour unions in northern resource development projects.” This project is funded by a SSHRC Research Development Initiative grant.
Peter Sawchuck- Professor Social Justice Education OISE University of Toronto. Dr. Sawchuk’s research areas of specialization include the Adult Education; Adult Learning Theory; Cultural Historical Activity Theory; Marxist Theory; Sociology of Work; Communication and Cognition at Work; Technological Design and Human Computer Interaction at Work; Labour Education; Labour Studies; Social Movement Studies.
Charles Smith (Ph.D York) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include Canadian and International political economy, public law, labour unions and federal and provincial public policy. He is currently working on a SSHRC funded project examining the Canadian labour movement’s interaction with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He is the author of numerous articles on the political economy of labour. Charles is the chair of the Social Justice and the Common Good committee at St. Thomas More College.
Susan Spronk is associate professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the experience of development in Latin America, more specifically the impact of neoliberalism on the transformation of the state and the rise of anti-privatization movements in the Andean region. Her latest research project examined the role of public sector unions and social movements in promoting the democratic reform of public water utilities in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. She obtained her PhD in Political Science from York University. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa faculty, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University. She is also a research associate with the Municipal Services Project (2008-2013), an IDRC-funded research project that focuses on policy alternatives in municipal service delivery in Africa, Asia and Latin America (http://www.municipalservicesproject.org). Her most recent SSHRC-sponsored research project (2011-2015) focused on local democracy and water service delivery in Bolivia and Venezuela.
Elliot Siemiatycki- Lecturer with Creative Industries FCAD Ryerson earned his PhD in Economic Geography at the University of British Columbia where he studied the growth dynamics and challenges associated with creative cities. With an interdisciplinary academic background covering geography, labour studies, business and economic development, he has taught human geography, urban theory, and creative sector courses at the University of British Columbia, York University and Ryerson University respectively. Elliot is currently a policy analyst at the Ontario College of Trades.
Don Wells is an associate professor in the Labour Studies and Political Science departments at McMaster University. His research interests include labour internationalism, anti sweat shop and ‘fair trade’ campaigns, the roles of non-governmental organizatoins in the global South, the enforcement of corporate and mutlipartite codes of conduct and the effectiveness of inter-state and non-state regulation of international labour standards.