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The Team

Ray Pennings

Lead Author

Ray Pennings co-founded Cardus in 2000 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, working out of the Ottawa office. Ray has a vast amount of experience in Canadian industrial relations and has been involved in public policy discussions and as a political activist at all levels of government. Ray is a respected voice in Canadian politics, contributing as a commentator, pundit and critic in many of Canada’s leading news outlets and as an advisor and strategist on political campaign teams. Ray completed a degree in History at McMaster University and obtained a Master of Arts in...

Doug Sikkema

Senior Researcher

Doug Sikkema is a Senior Researcher for Cardus and the Managing Editor of Comment. Doug is also currently working toward a Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Waterloo.

Peter Jon Mitchell

Senior Researcher

Peter Jon Mitchell is a senior researcher at Cardus. His previous research focused on youth and family issues including parental influence on teen sexual choices, family involvement in the youth criminal justice process and education. Peter Jon spent nearly a decade with the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada where he co-authored the report The Marriage Gap between Rich and Poor Canadians that received national media attention. His articles have appeared in the National Post, Toronto Sun and Law Now magazine, and he has been active in radio, television and print media. Peter...


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