Janet Fast

Dr. Janet Fast is WP2-NEEDS-CG co-lead. She is a Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta where she is Co-director of the Research on Aging, Policies and Practice research program. She holds a doctorate in Family and Consumer Economics from Cornell University. Throughout her career, she has engaged in research, policy and practice with a focus on the economics of aging and the paid work and unpaid care work of family members. Her research addresses family, labour, health and continuing care policy issues, and she is often called on to consult with or advise government policy-makers and NGOs on policy related to caregiving and workplace supports. She currently co-leads an international and multidisciplinary research team investigating the intersection of work and care across the life course. Projects currently in development include one investigating private market opportunities for information technology (IT) products to support employed caregivers.