Irene Lanzinger was elected President of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) in November 2014. The BCFED represents more than 500,000 working people from affiliated unions across the province, in every sector of the economy.
Irene is the first woman to be elected as President of the BCFED. She has a long history as a strong leader in the labour movement and is deeply committed to advancing equality, protecting vulnerable workers, and strengthening workplace safety.
Prior to being elected President, she served as Secretary-Treasurer for the BCFED from 2010 – 2014.
Irene began her career as a secondary science and math teacher in Abbotsford, at which time she became a member of the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF). In 2000, Irene became chief negotiator for the BCTF, bargaining on behalf of 41,000 members province-wide.
She was elected Vice-President of the BCTF in 2002 and then President in 2007.
While Irene plays a strong role within the Canadian labour movement, she has also broadened her union work to the international scene. She joined solidarity delegations in Namibia and across Latin America, including Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Honduras. She twice travelled to Colombia—the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist.
Irene’s dedication to working people and the labour movement has defined her career, and continues to motivate her as the President of BC’s labour movement.