Bruce Campbell, Executive Director
Bruce Campbell has been the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives since 1994. Beyond his administrative responsibilities, he is the author of numerous articles and reports on national and international public policy issues, and is a frequent media commentator and conference presenter. He has appeared as a witness before Commons and Senate committees, and before the U.S. Congress.
For many years Bruce coordinated the Centre’s flagship Alternative Federal Budget. He is co-author or editor of five books including: Straight Through the Heart: How the Liberals Abandoned the Just Society (with Maude Barlow); Living with Uncle: Canada-US Relations in an Age of Empire (with Ed Finn); and, Medicare: Facts, Myths, Problems & Promise (with Greg Marchildon).
Before coming to the CCPA, Bruce was as a senior economist with the Canadian Labour Congress; a trade policy analyst and legislative assistant with the federal NDP caucus; and a researcher with the North South Institute. He holds an MA from the Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.
Mélanie Allison, Accounting Officer
Melanie has been with the CCPA National Office since 2002 after having worked for 12 years as a front line caregiver with the Children’s Aid Society and lifeskills coach with adults dealing with mental health issues. It’s with great pleasure that she now uses her skills in accounting at the CCPA. Being part of an organization that works to strengthen the social net of Canadians keeps her connected to the values and goals perpetuated through her years of work within the social services.
Outside of the office she can often be found on a tennis court or in a yoga studio, where she’s currently completing her hatha yoga teacher training.
Anskia Gingras, Membership and Database Officer
Anskia, our Membership and Database Officer, has had various roles with CCPA since 1999. She currently oversees the development of our database and works with the team in the membership department.
Very proud to be a part of one of Canada’s leading progressive policy organizations, Anskia has enjoyed helping our individual membership base grow to a strong 12,000 members.
In addition to a strong sense of social justice, Anskia’s compassion and passion for helping orphaned children has led her to become an advocate for an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador, where she and her husband recently volunteered.
In her spare time—when not glued to the computer screen, social media vying for her attention—she plays referee to her son and stepson and battles the ever-growing stacks of her beloved books which are crowding her family out of the house.
Ed Finn, Senior Editor
Ed is the editor of The CCPA Monitor, the CCPA's monthly journal. Formerly, as a journalist, he worked at The Montreal Gazette and wrote a column on labour relations for The Toronto Star for 14 years. He also served for three decades as a communications officer for several labour organizations, including the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Kerri-Anne Finn, Senior Communications Officer
Kerri-Anne has a BA in Communications from the University of Ottawa. Since 2000 she has overseen the CCPA’s extensive communications activities, which include coordinating print and web production of publications, planning and implementing media and distribution strategies, and ensuring CCPA materials are as accessible and user-friendly as possible. She also works with Emily Turk on web strategy.
Kerri lives with her husband and is a foodie, music geek, and sometimes photographer.
Trish Hennessy, Founding Director of the Growing Gap Project
Trish Hennessy is a former journalist who, as the founding director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' income inequality project, specializes in the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us. Trish has a B.A. in Sociology from Queen's University, a B.S.W. from Carleton University, and a Master's degree in Sociology from OISE/University of Toronto.
Trish is also Director of CCPA's Ontario Office. Follow Trish on Twitter.
Katie Loftus, Development Officer
Katie joined the CCPA very recently in the newly created position of Development Officer. Her mandate is to 1) establish a legacy giving program and 2) work more closely with the CCPA’s most generous supporters. She is honored to work with donors who will help to ensure that the CCPA will remain one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates for generations to come. Prior to that, Katie spent nine years with the David Suzuki Foundation working with major donors and establishing a successful legacy giving program.
In her spare time—Katie is inspired by nature and can be found outside as much as possible at her cottage or in the city. She is kept young at heart by viewing the world through the eyes of her 19-month and six year old daughters. Favorite activities include exploring her hometown city of Ottawa after almost 20 years away, biking to work, helping her oldest daughter learn to read, swimming with her kids, cruising vintage stores and drinking wine by the fire with her husband.
David Macdonald, Senior Economist
David joined the CCPA as its Senior Ottawa Economist in 2011, although he has been a long time contributor as a research associate. Since 2008, he has coordinated the Alternative Federal Budget, which takes a fresh look at the federal budget from a progressive perspective. David has also written on a variety of topics, from Canada's real estate bubble to Aboriginal income inequality, and he is a regular media commentator on national policy issues.
David received his BA from the University of Windsor and his MA from the University of Guelph, both in Philosophy. Follow David on Twitter.
Jason Moores, Membership and Administrative Sevices
Jason is often the first voice or line of communication for the National Office—manning the reception line and general email box. He also works closely with the membership department, and provides support to staff and CCPA members.
Jason aims to keep fit walking his tireless Standard Schnauzer or playing tennis on one of the courts around the city.
Jennie Royer, Membership and Administrative Services
Jennie provides support to staff, CCPA members and also manages the CCPA's members who contribute on a monthly basis. Jennie is an ongoing student presently working on an accounting certificate to better assist Mélanie in the finances of all CCPA offices.
In her spare time you will find Jennie playing tennis, cycling, gardening or trying to improve her breaking technique on her roller-blades.
Tim Scarth, Senior Graphic Designer
Tim Scarth is the CCPA's Senior Graphic Designer and is responsible for the design and layout of the printed materials produced by the CCPA's National Office.
Tim has a degree in English and a diploma in Art History. Outside of work he enjoys reading, photography, and dogs.
Erika Shaker, Director of the Education Project
Erika has been at the CCPA since early 1997 as director of the Education Project, which was originally established to monitor corporate involvement in public education, but with the help of a dedicated circle of research associates broadened its focus to include books, reports and articles on standardized testing, social justice in schools, education finance, technology and privacy, and education restructuring. The Project has produced a series of reports and, since 2000, the quarterly magazine "Our Schools / Our Selves" (founded in 1988).
Erika has a BA in History from McGill University and an MA in English Literature (with a focus on critical literary analysis) from the University of Guelph.
Prior to coming to the CCPA, she worked in Washington DC researching the corporatization of childhood, and was one of the founders of UNPLUG (which became the now-defunct Center for Commercial-Free Public Education).
Scott Sinclair, Director of the Trade and Investment Research Project
Scott directs the CCPA’s Trade and Investment Research Project. This project, which brings together researchers from twenty Canadian NGOs and trade unions, has gained national and international recognition for its studies critical of corporate-driven globalization.
Scott has written numerous books, chapters, and monographs including Facing the Facts: A Guide to the GATS Debate (with Jim Grieshaber-Otto); Atlantica: Myths and Reality (with John Jacobs) and Putting Health First: Canadian Health Care Reform, Trade Treaties and Foreign Policy (with Matthew Sanger), a background study prepared for the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. Prior to joining CCPA, Scott was a senior trade policy advisor with the Government of British Columbia.
Scott has a BA in political science from UPEI and an MA in political science from York University. He lives with his family in rural Prince Edward Island and in his spare time enjoys walking and bird watching.
Diane Touchette, Director of Operations
Diane Touchette joined the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in November 1987. As its Director of Operations, she administers the CCPA's organizational structure and management, the human resources planning and development, and she also serves as senior financial officer for the organization.
Diane has also been involved in social change work for the past 28 years, starting her volunteer work at a very young age at the grassroots level and then at the provincial and national levels. She is currently leading a social innovation initiative called 25OneCommunity (formerly Under One Roof), at 251 Bank Street, Ottawa. 25OneCommunity is a shared office space for progressive organizations. It opened its doors on March 1, 2012. It is already home to nearly two dozen organizations including over 100 individuals in the cause for a just, progressive Canada.
She has served on various boards, namely on the St-Vincent de Paul de Gatineau, the Centre d'action bénévole de Gatineau, and the Canadian Research Institute on the Advancement of Women and rabble.ca, an on-line magazine, comprised of progressive journalists, writers, artists and activists across the country. Currently, Diane serves as President of 25OneCommunity.
Diane lives in Wakefield, Québec. Her passions include nature and photography.
Emily Turk, Online Communications Officer
Emily is responsible for the CCPA's website and various online platforms. She works closely with the communications team to nurture CCPA's online presence and to develop engaging online tools and multimedia content. Previously, Emily worked in communications, policy and programming for several organizations in the field of sexual and reproductive rights, including Canadians for Equal Marriage and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights.
In addition to working full-time with the CCPA, Emily serves on the Board of Directors of Canadians for Choice, a non-profit charitable organization working toward reproductive justice in Canada.
Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist
Armine Yalnizyan joined the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives as senior economist in 2008, after a long association dating back to 1993. Armine is a founding and regular contributor to the Globe and Mail’s online business feature, Economy Lab. She has a twice-weekly business column on CBC Radio's number one morning show, Metro Morning, reaching a million listeners in the Greater Toronto Area. Armine also appears every Thursday on the Big Picture Panel, a popular weekly feature of Canada's premier business-news program, CBC-TV's Lang and O'Leary Exchange.
Armine obtained her M.A. in Industrial Relations from University of Toronto. She has a bilingual B.A. in economics from Glendon College, York University, which included a year of economics at Université de Bordeaux, France.
She serves on the boards of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research's Institute of Population and Public Health, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and the Canadian Association for Business Economics. Follow Armine on Twitter.