DT (Troy) Cochrane

Pronouns: He/Him

Location: Ottawa

I am an economist that focuses on issues related to corporate power and inequality. I was previously economist and policy researcher at the progressive advocacy organization Canadians for Tax Fairness. Although I enjoy doing quantitative research and analysis, I do not consider numbers the alpha and omega for understanding society. I am as likely to find analytical inspiration in a sci-fi novel as in corporate financial reporting.

What’s something about you that would surprise others to know:

I grew up on a ranch in Saskatchewan where my winter sport of choice was downhill skiing.

Organization name: Canadian Labour Congress

Country/Region: Canada

What unique role do you or your organization play in the progressive movement in Canada?

It is one of the few progressive organizations given access to national platforms on economic topics.

What part of movement infrastructure are you interested in building in the next decade?

Coordination capacity across organizations to work on shared causes.

Creation of identifiable pipelines for social justice activists to develop skills that can get them paid work with progressive organizations.

Share a book, article, podcast, or piece of art that captures where you want the movement to go.

AOC’s ‘Tax the Rich’ dress.

Who is your audience? Who are you trying to influence and engage?

Policymakers, the public, workers, the media.

One thing people might not know about your organization

The CLC is the country’s largest labour organization.

A win you’re celebrating with your organization

The Bank of Canada’s decision not to raise interest rates further.

A challenge you’re working through with your organization

Addressing the affordability crisis.