Speaker Profiles

Brian Dijkema

Brian Dijkema

Program Director, Work and Economics


Brian Dijkema is Program Director, Work and Economics at Cardus and senior editor with Comment. Prior to joining Cardus, Brian worked for almost a decade in labour relations in Canada. He also had the privilege of advocating for international human rights, with a focus on labour rights and independent unionism, in Latin America and China.

The author, or co-author of many research and policy papers, Brian’s research focuses on the links between work and the institutions which help workers, businesses, and society thrive. His work focuses especially on the foundations of public policy that can provide frameworks for new and innovative responses to the unique challenges facing the North American workforce today.

Brian can often be found making presentations to government, contributing to newspapers and periodicals across Canada and regularly speaks to industry and professional associations on labour, competitiveness and economic trends.

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