The Officers of the B.C. Federation of Labour meet bi-monthly to manage the day-to-day operational affairs of the Federation.
W. Laird Cronk
PresidentLaird Cronk was elected BCFED President in November 2018. Laird is a Red Seal Electrician and a 33-year member of IBEW Local 230. For the past four years, he chaired the BCFED’s Apprenticeship and Skills Training Working Group and is a board member of the provincial Industry Training Authority.
Secretary-TreasurerSussanne Skidmore was elected BCFED Secretary-Treasurer in November 2018. A well-known human rights, social justice and queer rights activist, Sussanne has served as executive vice-president of BCGEU since 2014. She has also served as co-chair of the BCFED’s Human Rights Committee, and is active in the Women’s Rights Committee.
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied CraftsPhil Klapwyk is the Business Representative of IATSE Local 891, representing professional artists and technicians employed in the film and television industry in British Columbia. Founded in 1962, Local 891 is one of the largest locals of the IATSE, which is made up of over 135,000 members throughout North America.
In 2005-2008 served on the Executive Committee, then 2008-2011 as an Officer of the BC Federation of Labour.
Elected as the Business Manager/Financial Secretary of IBEW Local 230 Vancouver Island in 2002, and has served as the IBEW BC Provincial Council Chair since 2008.
Phil served as the President of the Vancouver Island Metal Trades (Shipyard) Council and after seventeen years as the Vancouver Island Building Trades President, now serves as BC’s Building Trades President.
Over the past four decades Phil has served on numerous labour-related Boards and Committees. Currently, Phil serves as a Governor on the Camosun College Board, a Director at the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence, on the National Electrical Training Council, and Co-Chairs the Maritime Sector Advisory Group for the Industry Training Authority.