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Jordan Brennan

Jordan works as an economist for Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector labour union. He is also a research associate of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and, from 2016 to 2018, was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School. Jordan holds a bachelor degree in economics and accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University. His master’s and doctoral degrees, both in political science, were conferred by York University.
Jordan’s scholarly research has examined the interplay between long-term structural adjustments in the political economy and the distribution of income, including published research on corporate concentration, labour unions, inflation, trade and investment liberalization, corporate governance, the minimum and living wages and corporate income taxation. His research and writing has appeared in academic forums and in popular media outlets, including the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, National Post, CBC News, Radio Canada International and Maclean’s Magazine.

Follow him on Twitter: JordanPWBrennan

Angelo DiCaro

Angelo DiCaro is Acting Director of Research with Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union. Angelo oversees a variety of research files, including trade policy as well as sector work in auto, retail and media. Part of his role also involves coordinating the union’s Strategic Planning Committee.

A labour activist prior to coming on staff with the union, Angelo held a number of elected union positions as a member of Unifor Local 414, including shop steward and bargaining committee representative, while working as a part-time meat clerk at Dominion Stores (now Metro Stores) in Toronto.
He holds a Masters of Industrial Relations degree from the University of Toronto as well as degrees in Labour Studies and Sociology from York University. Angelo has been on staff with Unifor (formerly the Canadian Auto Workers union) since 2006. You can follow him on twitter @sindicato9

Manzur Malik

Manzur Malik works for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) as a Research Officer. He has been with OPSEU for over a decade.

Prior to OPSEU, Manzur worked within the labour movement in various capacities. In Bangladesh, he was the Campaigns Coordinator at the Solidarity Centre (affiliated with the AFL-CIO), where he worked towards improving labour relations in the garment sector. Later in Ontario, Manzur briefly worked as an organizer for UNITE HERE. During graduate school at York University, while working as a Teaching Assistant, Manzur became increasingly involved with his Union – CUPE 3903. He was first elected as a VP and then subsequently as its Chair.

Manzur is passionate about social justice and his expertise are in the areas of collective bargaining, interest arbitration, and public policy.


Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is the National Director of the Social and Economic Policy Department of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Canada’s principal labour central, the CLC is the umbrella organization for more than 50 affiliated Canadian and international unions, as well as 13 provincial and territorial federations of labour, and over 100 regional labour councils. The role of the Social and Economic Policy Department of the Congress is to provide research support and policy advice to the elected leadership and affiliated unions of the CLC. Chris joined the Congress in 2011, and assumed the role of National Director in 2014. Prior to his current work, he received a Ph.D. in Political Science from York University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster University. Chris is author of Pension Confidential (Lorimer, 2012), with Robert Drummond, and co-editor of The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism (LERA, 2018). He lives and works in Ottawa.