Claire is a lawyer and the Chair of the Canadian Intern Association’s Advisory Board. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. Claire founded the Canadian Intern Association in June 2012 and served as Executive Director until July 2015. She appeared at three House of Commons committee meetings to deliver submissions for the Study on Youth Employment in Canada, proposed amendments to the Canada Labour Code, and the Budget Implementation Act, 2015. She assisted in drafting provincial and federal policy statements, budget consultation submissions and private members bills related to interns’ rights and was quoted in the 2015 federal budget. Claire is a fierce advocate who has worked with politicians, journalists, employers and academics across Canada to promote workplace rights for interns.
Yana is a lawyer with a background in civil litigation, estates, trusts and corporate law. Yana attended the University of Toronto where she studied Economics, International Relations and English Literature. She graduated from Queen’s Faculty of Law. After articling for the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT), Ministry of the Attorney General, Yana was called to the Bar of Ontario. Yana currently holds a position as Corporate Trust Officer at Computershare Trust Company of Canada. In her spare time and in her personal capacity, Yana enjoys volunteering for a number of organizations including the Canadian Intern Association. In the past, Yana has completed internships with the American Consulate General in Toronto and Children’s Aid Society, where she benefited from excellent training and mentorship. Unfortunately these types of internships are not widely available. Yana believes in the Canadian Intern Association’s Mission to improve conditions for interns, as this is a growing problem affecting young people today.
Greig de Peuter
Greig de Peuter is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. He has published widely on working conditions and labour politics in the arts, media, and cultural industries. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he collaborates on the research project Cultural Workers Organize, which explores collective responses and sustainable alternatives to precarious work in the creative economy. With Nicole Cohen and Enda Brophy, he is the co-editor of “Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Industries, and Higher Education,” a special issue of the journal tripleC (2015). Greig, Nicole, and Enda received the Award for Labour Reporting (2013) from the Canadian Association of Journalists for their Briarpatch article, “Interns, Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose (Literally).” In 2016 Greig helped to introduce an accredited co-operative education option to Laurier’s MA program in Communication Studies.
Amy Huziak is the National Representative for Young Workers with the Canadian Labour Congress. Her work focuses on engaging and educating young workers about their rights on the job, and building the power of young union members to create inter-generational dialogue and union renewal. She advocates for issues that affect youth like un(der)employment, minimum wage, union representation, and climate change. Passionate about youth political representation, she also works with community organizations to develop initiatives for youth participation with the labour movement, as well as in broader politics, and civic activism. Amy represents Canada with the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas Youth Committee, which focuses on creating a dialogue on young worker’s issues across the Americas. In 2012, Amy participated in the International Labour Organization’s Global Youth Employment Forum, and in 2016 was published in the United Nations World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement.
Nicole Cohen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her research on work, labour, and collective organizing in the media and cultural industries has been published internationally in books and journals. She is the author of Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016). Nicole collaborates with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy on the SSHRC-funded project Cultural Workers Organize. Together, they edited a special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism, Critique: Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Labour and Higher Education (2015). Nicole has served as the Work and Labour editor of J-Source.ca and is the co-founder and former co-editor of Shameless, an independent feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth that has been publishing since 2004.
Ross is the author of Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy. He has spoken on internships, youth economics, precarious labor, and related topics at the Googleplex, the British Parliament, the Economic Policy Institute, many college campuses, and on radio and television programs around the world. Ross’ work has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian (UK), and The Washington Post, among other places. He has addressed audiences of students, employers, career counselors, scholars, union members, Occupy Wall Street activists, journalists, and politicians. He has spoken at venues such as the Googleplex, the British Parliament, the Economic Policy Institute, and universities including Cornell, Temple, Rutgers, and CUNY. He has been a television and radio guest on networks across the world, including MSNBC, CBS, Fox, the BBC, NPR, and many others. Ross is a graduate of Andover and Stanford. He earned graduate degrees from Cambridge and the University of London (SOAS) on a Marshall Scholarship.