Marjorie Griffin Cohen is an economist who is a professor emeritus of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She has written extensively in the areas of political economy and public policy with special emphasis on issues concerning, labour, the Canadian economy, women, electricity deregulation, energy, climate change and labour, and international trade agreements.
Among her publications are Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries: Work, Public Policy and Action (2017); Public Policy for Women (2009), Remapping Gender in the New Global Order (2007) Governing Under Stress: (2004), Training the Excluded for Work: (2003), Global Turbulence (2003), Global Instability (2002), Canadian Women's Issues (two volumes, 1995) Women's Work, Markets, and Economic Development in Nineteenth Century Ontario (1988), and Free Trade and the Future of Women's Work (1987)
Professor Cohen was a director of NewGrade Energy (Sask) and has served on several boards and commissions in British Columbia including the B.C. Industrial Inquiry Commission on the Fisheries; Board of Directors of B.C. Hydro; Board of Directors of B.C. Power Exchange, and she was chair of the BC Fair Wages Commission from 2017-2018. She also was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in B.C. and was its first Chair. Her feminist activity has been considerable including being Vice-President and Treasurer of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.
In recent years she has been awarded the John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics and Social Justice 2017, the Simon Fraser University President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for activities in Public Affairs and Media Relations 2014 and was a recipient of the The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
Marjorie Griffin Cohen
I wish to acknowledge that I live on Coast Salish territory, including the lands belonging to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.