Officers

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

President
Laird 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.

Sussanne Skidmore

Secretary-Treasurer
Sussanne 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.

Barb Nederpel

Vice President
An active labour and women’s rights activist, and president of her local labour council, Barb was elected in 2018 as the first woman president of the 49,000-member Hospital Employees’ Union. She is a health records clerk and former LPN from Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

Brian Cochrane

Vice President
Brian Cochrane is a Business Manager and member of the Executive Board of IUOE 115. Local 115 members have exceptional skill levels, a commitment to safety, pride in the important work we do, and a firm belief in our right to fair and respectful relationships with all employers.

Dave Holmes

Vice President
Dave Holmes is the President of the British Columbia and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council (BCYT-BCTC), which was established in 1967. The BCYT-BCTC is an umbrella organization for construction unions in BC.

David Black

Vice President
David was elected President of MoveUP in 2011. He previously served as MoveUP's Vice-President for the ICBC group, starting in 2005.

Doug McKay

Vice President
Doug McKay is Business Manager/Financial Secretary of IBEW Local 258. A lineman by trade and a 50-year member of IBEW, McKay started as a shop steward and served as Unit Executive Member and as President. Local 258 represents skilled workers across BC in the electric utility, private power line, manufacturing, utility arborist and traffic control industries.

Emet Davis

Vice President
Emet Davis is a Director with the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), overseeing their research and interactive services department. She joined the BCGEU in 2010, after more than 20 years in the not-for-profit sector. Emet serves on various labour committees as well as community boards.

George Davison

Vice President
President of Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, George has served on the FPSE Executive for 13 years, holding every position possible, including Secretary-Treasurer for four years. A history professor at the College of New Caledonia, George has been active in the labour movement for over 25 years.

Glen Hansman

Vice President
An elementary school teacher with the Vancouver School Board, Glen is the President of the BC Teachers’ Federation, serves on the BCTF's Executive Committee, and is chair of the K–12 Aboriginal Education Partners. Glen is also a former President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association.

Jamey Mills

Vice President
Elected as PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for BC in 2017, Jamey is a PSAC young worker activist. A former President of the PSAC Vancouver Area Council, he served on the PSAC BC Regional Council as Metro Vancouver Coordinator and as Alternate Regional Executive Vice-President.

Karen Ranalletta

Vice President
Karen is General Vice President of CUPE BC and President of CUPE 2950 – representing 1500+ library, clerical and theatre workers at the University of British Columbia. She chairs the CUPE BC Library Committee and serves as one of three Trustees for CUPE National.

Kim Novak

Vice President
A passionate advocate for social justice, UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak is committed to creating positive change on issues that matter most to members. As the former Secretary-Treasurer and a former Safeway member, Kim is a skilled negotiator with a deep understanding of the challenges members face every day at work.

Michelle Laurie

Vice President
Michelle is a Staff Representative of the United Steelworkers, District 3 (Western Canada). She is a tradeswoman who has worked all over BC, in mining, utilities, manufacturing and other sectors prior to become a full time labour representative in 1995.

Paul Faoro

Vice President
Paul Faoro is President of CUPE BC elected in December 2015, after serving as Secretary-Treasurer for three years. Paul has also served as Regional Vice- President (2007) and General Vice-President (2009). CUPE BC is a provincial division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing 85,000 workers in more than 170 local unions and across many different sectors.

Phil Klapwyk

Vice President
Phil 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.

Rob Ashton

Vice President
Prior to becoming President in 2016, Rob also served as First Vice President of ILWU Canada. A Longshore Worker since 1994 with ILWU 500 in Vancouver, Rob was elected to the Local 500 Executive Board, served on various Local committees, and was a Business Agent for five years.

Robert Demand

Vice President
Robert Demand is the President of UNITEHERE! Local 40, which represents hotel, food service and airport workers throughout BC. Local 40 is part of the UNITE HERE International Union, representing over 300,000 workers throughout Canada and the US.

Stephanie R. Smith

Vice President
Stephanie Smith is the first woman elected president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), the most diverse labour union in British Columbia, representing 67,000 members at 550 different employers and B.C. government ministries.

Steve Hunt

Vice President
Stephen (Steve) Hunt is the Director of United Steelworkers (USW) District 3 - Western Canada. A miner and union member his entire working life, Hunt became a Steelworker in 1973.

Val Avery

Vice President
Val Avery is President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA). Avery has chaired the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, which negotiates on behalf of 17,000 health science professionals working in BC's public acute and community health care facilities.