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Working to build a humane economy

Within, among and beneath North America's social architecture—our families, schools, neighbourhoods, churches, and legislatures—is a complex economic architecture. Capital markets on Bay St. and Wall St, union halls, the laws that govern how we trade and work, the factories that make our goods, the network of shipping lanes that tie the continent together, the advertising we see on our screens and streets, our daily work, are all examples of the breadth and reach of the economic aspect of our lives together.

What would it look like to see that economic architecture renewed? What would it look like to see North American life enabled by a robust, thriving, free economy, that served the wide array of individuals and communities that make up our public? What would it look like to see our economy made more vital by stable families, good schools, sound laws, and thriving cities?

We believe that the Christian tradition has a great deal to say about the proper place of economics and about its potential for both good and ill. Indeed, we believe that the tradition is uniquely situated to provide a basis to answer some of the challenges facing economic life in North America today. Expect a unique blend of empirical research, policy discussion, philosophical and—yes—theological discussion about your daily work, and our common economic life.


Press Inquiries


Reporters and newsdesks seeking photos, videos, and other promotional material should contact:
Daniel Proussalidis, Director of Communications
dproussalidis@cardus.ca
613.241.4500 x 508


Meet the Program Director

Brian Dijkema is Program Director, Work and Economics at Cardus and senior editor with Comment. Prior to joining Cardus, Brian worked for almost a decade in labour relations in Canada after completing his master's degree with Cardus Senior Fellow, Jonathan Chaplin. He has also done work on international human rights, with a focus on labour, economic, and social rights in Latin America and China.

Brian can often be found making presentations on Parliament Hill, contributing to newspapers and periodicals across Canada and regularly speaks to industry and professional associations on labour, competitiveness and economic trends.

His primary research interest at Cardus are the institutional and policy relationships between government, civil society and the markets; with a particular view to exploring how a diverse civil society contributes to a vital and thriving market economy and stable government.

All of this, however, is chaff compared to the greatest accomplishment of his life: marrying his wife Nicole and being a father to their four children—an accomplishment memorialized recently by Gary Clement in the National Post. Brian and Nicole live with their children in a small villa on Hamilton's mountain brow.