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Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood (he/him) is a graduate of the Institute of Political Economy who now works as a senior researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy think tank. His work focuses on the social and economic dimensions of Canada’s shift toward a zero-carbon economy, including the necessity of a just transition for vulnerable workers and communities across the country. Since completing his MA in 2014, Hadrian has remained involved with the Institute through the supervision of numerous placement students and now as a member of the Work & Labour Advisory Board.

Hadrian has published extensively on the intersections of work and climate change. His 2021 report Roadmap to a Canadian Just Transition Act has become a touchstone for environmental and labour activism to ensure workers and communities aren’t left behind as Canada makes the transition away from fossil fuels.