Evelyn Encalada

Evelyn Encalada Grez Ph.D is a Chilean-Canadian community organiser, educator and researcher based in Ontario and Mexico.  Her doctoral degree is from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at the University of Toronto. Evelyn has worked in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras with the Central American Network in Solidarity with Women Maquila Workers and with the Workers Support Centre in Puebla, Mexico. She is a founding member of the award winning collective, Justice for Migrant Farm Workers that has promoted the rights of “temporary foreign workers” in Canada since 2001. As a result of her affiliation with Rural Women Making Change, a CURA-SSHRC project based at the University of Guelph, she was invited to the United Nations to speak about her community work with Mexican migrant farmworker women. Her work has been published in academic journals and aside from facilitating online for UBC, she also teaches equity studies, labour issues and immigration policy at the undergraduate university level in Ontario. She is also a community educator for the rights of migrant workers in Canada and globally and has been involved in film productions, such as the National Film Board’s documentary “El Contrato”, to raise awareness about these issues.