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Think Upstream is a national project of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. We're working with a growing network of people who recognize that social, ecological, and economic conditions shape people’s health and the wellbeing of our communities. We call these the social determinants of health.

Trish Hennessy
Trish Hennessy, Director, Think Upstream

Trish Hennessy is a senior communications strategist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and director of Think Upstream, a project dedicated to policy solutions that foster a healthy society and community wellbeing. She is focused on social determinants health, sustainable development goals, income inequality, decent work, an inclusive economy, and wellbeing budgeting.


Trish was the founding director of the CCPA Ontario, a progressive think tank that focuses on provincial and municipal social justice and economic issues. She co-founded the Ontario Living Wage Network. She was the founding director of the CCPA national office's growing gap project, which began in 2006. Trish was a former newspaper journalist, originally from Saskatchewan but she now lives in Toronto. She has a B.A. Sociology from Queen's University, a B.S.W. from Carleton University, and an M.A. in Sociology from OISE/University of Toronto.

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Lindsay McLaren, Chair, Think Upstream Research Network

Lindsay McLaren PhD is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary where her research and teaching focus on healthy public policy and social, economic, political, and ecological determinants of population health and health equity.


She is also a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - National Office. Lindsay held a CIHR/PHAC/AIHS (Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Public Health Agency of Canada / Alberta Innovates Health Solutions) Applied Public Health Chair award (2014-19), and received the 2019 CIHR-IPPH (CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health) Trailblazer Award (mid-career category), a career achievement award that recognizes exceptional contributions in population and public health research. Lindsay is past-president (2014-18) of the Alberta Public Health Association, and currently serves as Senior Editor for the Canadian Journal of Public Health and Co-Editor for the international peer-reviewed journal, Critical Public Health. 

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Think Upstream Research Network

Robert Chernomas is Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is co-author (with Ian Hudson) of Economics in the Twenty-first Century: A Critical Perspective (University of Toronto Press, 2016) and To Live and Die in America: Class, Power Health and Health Care (Pluto Press, 2013).

Ronald Labonté, PhD, FCAHS, HonFFPH, is Distinguished and former Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa; and Professor, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Australia.

Elizabeth McGibbon is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at St. Francis Xavier University. An expert in health inequity, her research program and teaching are based on twenty years of professional practice.

Ted Schrecker is Emeritus Professor of Global Health Policy at Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University.

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