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Sherri Torjman

Vice-President, Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Sherri Torjman is Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. Over the past 30 years, Sherri has made an invaluable contribution to social policy in Canada through her analysis, writing and public speaking on welfare reform, disability income and supports, home care, caregiver needs and community-based poverty reduction. Sherri has authored and co-authored close to 300 reports on various aspects of social policy. Her wide-ranging work has influenced governments at all levels, voluntary organizations, community groups, the media, academics and students. In 2014-15, Sherri Torjman was a member of the Leader’s (now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s) Economic Advisory Council. In association with Ken Battle, she proposed and helped design many of the social policy initiatives that the current government is now implementing related to child benefits, poverty reduction, pensions, caregivers, home care and social infrastructure. In 2012, Sherri was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her policy work on caregivers. She received the Champion of Human Services Award from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association in 2011 and the Top 25 Canadians Award from the Canadian Association of Retired Persons in 2010. For a full list of Sherri’s publications, visit www.caledoninst.org.