Staff

Trish Hennessy is director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office. She was the founding director of the CCPA’s national project examining income inequality in Canada and is an ongoing contributor to this project. Trish’s research focuses on solutions to reduce income inequality, improve jobs, and enhance public services. Her writing covers a broad span of issues, including the minimum wage and the living wage, the changing labour market, child care, regulation, provincial budgets, progressive taxation, and issue framing. Trish is a former newspaper journalist and she trains progressives to become better media spokespeople. She 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. You can follow Trish on Twitter @trishhennessy; email her at trish[at]policyalternatives[dot]ca. 

 

Sheila Block, Senior Economist

Sheila Block is a senior economist and a public commentator with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Sheila’s research specializes in Canada's labour market, public finance, and inequality. She has worked as both a political advisor and a public servant in the Ontario government and as an economist in the labour movement. Sheila has an Honours B.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto. You can follow Sheila on Twitter @Sheila_M_Block; email her at sheila[at]policyalternatives[dot]ca.

 

Ricardo Tranjan, Senior Researcher

Ricardo Tranjan is a senior researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office. Before joining the CCPA, Ricardo was the policy lead and manager of the City of Toronto's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Ricardo has also conducted research in universities in Ontario, Québec, and São Paulo, specializing in the interplay between democratic processes and socioeconomic development, with an emphasis on sub-national economic policy. His publications include the book Participatory Democracy in Brazil: Socioeconomic and Political Origins (University of Notre Dame Press). Ricardo holds a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo; he speaks English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. You can follow Ricardo on Twitter @Ricardo_Tranjan; email him at rtranjan[at]policyalternatives[dot]ca.