Think Tank Toronto is a social enterprise led by Senior Partners Dr. Rafael Gomez, Juan Gomez and Trisha Orzech who together bring a wealth of academic, consulting, corporate communication and public policy experience and expertise. An important element of the Think Tank Toronto team as well are its worldwide collaborators in academia, consultancy and the non-governmental sector who provide us with important project specific analytical and research support.
Who we are
Rafael co-founded ThinkTankToronto in 2004 and is the current Director. Rafael has a BA and Masters in Economics and a PhD in Industrial Relations. Since receiving his PhD he has taught and/or conducted research at various international institutions such as the London School of Economics, the Central Bank of Spain, and Glendon College (York University). Since 2009 he has been Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Toronto and is currently the Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources. He is the author of several books and over 70 articles and chapters in edited volumes. His most recent work, co-authored with Juan Gomez, Workplace Democracy for the 21st Century, was published by the Broadbent Institute in 2016.
Juan is Director of Research and Policy. He is an experienced public policy specialist with a demonstrated track record of success most recently as Vice President Policy and Government Relations at the Toronto Region Board of Trade and previously as Head of Economic Strategy for the Region of Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom. This is augmented with extensive senior-level government experience within Government of Ontario, Canada, ministries and agencies such as the Ontario Realty Corporation, the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, Ombudsman Ontario and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Trisha is Director of Operations. She has worked in publishing on the promotions side for nearly a decade. She also spent over twenty years volunteering with seniors. This work inspired her to leave her career in publishing to work for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) as the Network Director. She has since put that career on hold to raise her two kids, but she still finds time to work for TTT and teach seniors fitness classes through Better Living Health and Community Services.