Delegates from across Ontario elected activists to fill leadership positions at the Ontario Regional Council on December 2, 2017.
The position of Chairperson was vacated earlier this year when Dino Chiodo was appointed as a staff representative to Unifor. Candace Laveley who was elected as vice - chair was acting the interim chair until the election was held at Council. Two candidates ran for the position of Chairperson, Kari Jefford, President of Local 229 and Scott McIlmoyle President of Local 112. After a first ballot McIlmoyle won the seat, and will lead the Council Executive through the upcoming provincial election. As Chairperson McIlmoyle committed to fight for progressive values and defend the many victories of 2017.
In accepting his nomination, McIlmoyle said, “We have a strong vibrant membership at Council and this is where the activism really starts. It is these meetings that turn our ideas into campaigns and actions that mobilize the entire province.”
McIlmoyle has been a union member for 32 years, and in his position at President of Local 112 he represents 3,000 members in the aerospace, heavy equipment manufacturing and auto parts sectors, as well as the armoured car industry. In September he showed his activist rooted as a key organizer of the occupation of the Northstar Aerospace facility in Milton, Ontario, to protest the attack on members’ pensions.
Three new members, Christine Maclin, Local 195, James Stewart, Local 444 and Lisa Tucker, Local 302, were acclaimed to the position of member-at-large, and will also serve on the Ontario executive.
Several committees also saw the election of new representatives. The members below join the board to push forward the vital work of the council’s committees.
- Dan Borthwick, Local 88
- Greg Brady, Local 199
- Lisa Contini, Local 1285
Employee and Family Assistance Program Committee:
- Lynne Jackson, Local 598
- Bruce Malcolm, Local 444
- Jeff Ramackers, Local 88
Health & Safety and Environment Committee:
- Sandra Auger, Local 1701
- Brian Lowery, Local 1996-O
- Bill Kudla, Local 222
Political Action Committee:
- Shayne Fields, Local 222
Workers’ Compensation Committee:
- John Harte, 252
- Shelley Smith, Local 2458
- Ashok Venkatarangam, Local 100
To view a full list of the all Ontario Regional Council committee members, visit unifor.org/ontariocouncil.