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Meet the dedicated people at the heart of our program


Kendra Strauss

Director and Associate Professor,
Labour Studies Program


Dr. Kendra Strauss

Director and Associate Professor, The Labour Studies Program
T: 778-782-9816

Sylvia Chow

Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
T: 778-782-3726

Terrence Yang

Undergraduate Student Advisor
T: 778-782-9452

Jeanne Persoon

Secretary to the Director
T: 778-782-3144

Melanie Trotto

Undergraduate Program Assistant & Financial Assistant
T: 778-782-9821

Kathy Godson

Graduate Program Assistant & Office Administration
T: 778-782-3518

Associate members and steering committee

Enda Brophy

Associate Professor, School of Communication

Carolyn Lesjak

Associate Professor, Department of English

Habiba Zaman

Professor, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

John Calvert

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Gerardo Ortero

Professor, School for International Studies

Jeff Dirksen

Professor, Department of English

Malcolm Steinberg

Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Advisory committee

Why do we have Advisory and Steering committees? Watch this video to find out more.

Chair of advisory committee: Jim Sinclair
In memoriam, Margaret Morgan

Advisory Committee Members

  • Janet Andrews, Secretary Treasurer, New Westminster & District Labour Council (NW&DLC); member of International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local Lodge 764
  • Brynn Bourke, Director of Campaigns and Policy, BC Building Trades
  • Lynn Bueckert, Assistant to the President, BC Federation of Labour
  • Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Professor Emerita, Department of Political Science and Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • George A. Davison, President, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE); past president, National Union of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (NUCAUT); past president of the Faculty Association of the College of New Caledonia
  • Joey Hartman, past president, Vancouver and District Labour Council
  • Jim Iker, past president, BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF)
  • Am Johal, Director, Simon Fraser University's Vancity Office of Community Engagement
  • Ken Novakowski, Chair, BC Labour Heritage Centre; past president, BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF)            
  • Blair Redlin, retired research representative, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE); former B.C. Deputy Minister
  • Jim Sinclair, past president, BC Federation of Labour
  • Cathy Walker, past director, Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), now Unifor, Health, Safety and Environment Department (retired)  
  • Jennifer Whiteside, Secretary-Business Manager, Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU)