Our Founders


Inez Hillel

Inez Hillel is co-founder and economist of Vivic Research. Inez is passionate about intersectional economics that prioritize community building and collective wellbeing. She understands the importance of centering frontline voices and using economic analysis as a tool for progressive policy development. Having previously worked at the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, she has conducted research on income supports in Canada. Inez also applies a climate justice lens to her work, infused by her work experience in environmental education at the Montreal Biosphere. Inez is currently pursuing an MA in Economics at Simon Fraser University and holds a BA in Applied Economics from Queen’s University. Get in Touch


Robin Shaban

Robin Shaban is co-founder and senior economist of Vivic Research. She is also a PhD candidate at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration, studying competition policy in Canada and around the globe. This year she was also a winner of the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business 2021 Changemakers award. Robin uses modern data science tools and methods to empower advocates and others with data. She believes that economic policy should be human-centered, and that the economy should work for people, not the other way around. Since 2017 she has worked as a freelance consultant serving several think tank and advocacy organizations such as the Ontario Living Wage Network, the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, the office of the EI Commissioner for Workers, the Broadbent Institute, and others. Prior to that, she was the Andrew Jackson fellow at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and an officer at Canada’s Competition Bureau. Robin’s holds a MA in economics from Queen’s University. Get in Touch