Adrienne Smith is a transgender human rights activist and social justice lawyer. As a trade union activist, they advocate for transgender inclusion in our unions and workplaces. Adrienne works with the Catherine White Holman Wellness Clinic where they give free legal advice, take on human rights cases, and notarize name change documents for trans people.
Althia Raj is an Ottawa-based political journalist and a member of the CBC’s flagship newscast The National’s “At Issue” panel. She previously served as HuffPost Canada’s senior editorial manager and its Ottawa bureau chief, from 2011 until its closure in March 2021. Althia was one of the moderators of the 2019 federal election debate. She is the recipient of several digital media awards for her multi-media election coverage.
Angelyn Francis is a multimedia journalist, currently with the Toronto Star covering equity and inequality. She regularly covers race, gender, sexuality, food, music, culture and community initiatives. Francis also founded Angelyn Francis Media, where she collaborates on video, photography, writing and hosting projects.
Armine Yalnizyan is the Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow on the Future of Workers. She served as Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the Deputy Minister at Employment and Social Development Canada from 2018 to 2019, and currently serves on Ministers Freeland and Fortier’s Task Group on Women in The Economy. She helped lead the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Inequality Project from 2008 to 2017, and provided weekly business commentaries on CBC radio and CBC TV from 2011 to 2018. She is past President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics.
Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the legal needs of low-income individuals and families. She had been involved in a number of community organizations, and in 2007, she co‑founded the Colour of Poverty Campaign.
Bochra Manaï has been the City of Montreal’s Commissioner for the Fight Against Racism and Systemic Discrimination since January 2021. Her mandate is to ensure the transition towards inclusion within the municipal administration. Manaï is the author of several books, chapters and articles, concerning racism, inclusion and social exclusion. She works in university and community circles on issues of social exclusion, racism and cohabitation in urban spaces.
Grace Moyo is a 2020 graduate of the Toronto Community Benefits Network Quick Start program. She is an installer for Light Harvesting Shading Solutions Company, installing motorized and manual operated blinds. Her first job after completing the program was with a company that installs raised floors. She is a member of Local 27 Carpentry and Joiners Union. Grace came to Canada in 2001 and lives in Toronto with her teenage daughter.
Dr. Hadiya Roderique is a diversity and inclusion advocate, a journalist and a lawyer. An award-winning writer, she is a frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines and panels on issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Hadiya may be most well known for her piece “Black on Bay Street” for the Globe and Mail, which outlined her experiences as a young Black woman working in a Bay Street firm, and won the Digital Publishing Award for Best Personal Essay of 2017.
Jim Stanford, one of Canada’s best-known economists, is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work. He is the author of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism, which has been published in six languages. Stanford has provided research and advice through numerous federal and provincial government panels and inquiries on economic policy, innovation, jobs, and social policy. Jim is recognized for his ability to communicate economic concepts in an accessible and humorous manner.
Kathleen Monk is a communications and campaign strategist with 20 years of experience in media, politics, and the not-for-profit sector.She appears regularly onCBC News Network where she provides political analysis for Power and Politics.
Dr. Lara Skinner is the Director of the Labor Leading on Climate Program at Cornell ILR’s Worker Institute. Skinner is an expert in labor and employment issues as they pertain to climate change and clean energy. Skinner brought unions and other stakeholders together after Hurricane Sandy to develop a climate jobs program for NYS, including organizing an educational trip to Denmark for union leaders to learn about offshore wind. This work led to the launch of Climate Jobs NY and the Climate Jobs National Resource Center – union coalitions advocating for strong climate action and high-quality job creation to reverse inequality.
Matt Wayland is the Executive Assistant to the International Vice President and Canadian Director of Government Relations for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Canada. In April 2018, Matt was appointed by Canada’s federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, to the Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities.
Mohammed Hashim has worked as a labour organizer and human rights advocate for over a decade. He has dedicated his career to supporting equity, inclusion, and community empowerment. He is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Greater Toronto. Mr. Hashim is also a founding advisor of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.
Pablo Godoy has dedicated his life to championing human rights causes including youth engagement, migrant worker activism, and racial and economic justice initiatives. An award-winning spoken word poet and arts educator, he is currently the Regional Director for Western Canada and the National Coordinator for Platform and Gig Employer Initiatives at UFCW Canada.
Sam Smith is the director of the Just Transition Centre, working for a just transition for workers and communities. The Centre was established by the International Trade Union Confederation. Previously, Sam was the global climate and energy leader for WWF, the world’s largest conservation organization. She has won multiple awards for rights-based pro bono work on racial justice, reproductive rights and poverty.
Sarah Jama is a community organizer from Hamilton, Ontario. She is the co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO), an organization committed to building the political and community power of people with disabilities. She currently works at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion as the Senior Program Coordinator. In her current role, she is building leadership curriculum for youth around organizing inside and outside political structures, to be disseminated locally at different schools.
A member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation, Sheila North was Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) from 2015 to 2018. Sheila has been recognized for her efforts building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous. She is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Legacy Bowes and a political commentator for CTV.
Steven Tufts is an Associate Professor and labour geographer in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. His research and teaching interests are related to the geographies of workers, workplaces, and organized labour. The goal of his research is to better understand how workers can shape more just and sustainable economic landscapes through collective action.
Tarana Burke is best known for founding the ‘me too’ movement and has dedicated her life to social justice work and giving strength to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. Burke has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice. A sexual assault survivor herself, Burke is now Executive Director of the ‘me too’ organization.
Tiffany Balducci is the President of Durham Region Labour Council in Ontario, 4th Vice President of CUPE Ontario, President of Durham Northumberland CUPE Council, and a member of CUPE 1281. Tiffany loves advocating for strong public services, grassroots and community organizing, fair working conditions and wages, human rights and social and climate justice. Tiffany and Durham Region Labour Council are involved in the grassroots Green Jobs Oshawa coalition, which is a coalition of workers, community leaders, environmentalists, labour and social justice advocates all working towards the common goal of placing the previously mostly empty GM Oshawa plant under public ownership to repurpose it for socially beneficial manufacturing.