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 [email protected]


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 [email protected]  


Ontario Director Randy Robinson

Randy Robinson, Ontario Director

Randy Robinson brings a long career in progressive public relations and political economy to his role as Director of the Ontario office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Randy’s background includes research and writing on public services and public finance, labour markets and precarious work, and economic thought.

He holds Master’s degrees in political science (York) and Education (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto). Follow Randy on Twitter at @randyfrobinson, email him at [email protected], or call 416-788-7003.