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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is the National Director of the Social and Economic Policy Department of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Chris joined the Congress in 2011, and assumed the role of National Director in 2014. In addition to managing the work of the department, he is responsible for research in the areas of fiscal and monetary policy, labour market policy, pensions and investments, and labour law reform. Chris is a Fellow with the Comparative Research in Law and Political Economy Forum at Osgoode Hall Law School, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights. He participates in the work of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developmentand the Global Unions Committee on Workers’ Capital.

Between 1994 and 2002, Chris studied political economy at York University in Toronto, where he received his M.A. (1996)and Ph.D. (2002). His doctoral dissertation examined the divergent experience of autoworkers and their unions in the Canadian and United States automotive industries in the post-World War II era. After graduating, Chris conducted post-doctoral research on the southern Ontario automotive industry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, before going on to teach in the Department of Social Science at York University.

Chris is a pension trustee and advisory committee member for several pension plans, and is the author of Pension Confidential (Lorimer, 2012), with Robert Drummond.