Meet The Commission

A list of individuals from diverse backgrounds was provided to the Labour Minister and Cabinet for consideration, from that list the following three individuals were chosen to head the work based on their expertise and background.

Commission Chair: Marjorie Griffin Cohen

Marjorie is an economist who is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University. She has written extensively in the areas of political economy and public policy with special emphasis on issues concerning the Canadian economy and labour. She has also served on several boards and commissions in B.C. and was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in B.C.; she was its first Chair. Among the various awards she has received over her career, she recently was the recipient of the 2016 John Kenneth Galbraith Prize in Economics and Social Justice.

Commission Member and labour force representative: Ivan Limpright

For more than 30 years, Ivan has served as an accomplished union leader. He has served in various roles in the United Food and Commercial Workers Union since 1994 and as President since 2006. Known for his capacity to build strategic alliances with organizations that support and encourage the strength and growth of working people, Ivan has worked on several boards in the past decade. He is a graduate of the Labour and Worklife program at Harvard,  is completing studies at the Rotman’s Leadership program at the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Labour College of Canada.

Commission Member and business and industry representative: Ken Peacock

Ken is Chief Economist and Vice President at the Business Council of British Columbia, an association representing 260 large and mid-sized companies that together account for approximately one-quarter of all jobs in the province. In this capacity, Ken contributes to the Council’s work on economic and policy issues of interest to the business community. Ken was born and raised in BC. He attained his master’s degree in economics from Simon Fraser University and is a past President of the Association of Professional Economists of BC and a member of the BC Economic Forecast Council.