Board of Directors

Director
Val Avery is President of the Health Sciences Association of BC, a union representing 18,500 members working in 75 different professions at over 250 hospitals and agencies in acute and long term care, and community health, including workers at child development centers and transition houses. She is a University of British Columbia graduate, having completed her Bachelor of Science in...
Director
Ross Gentleman was CEO for CCEC Credit Union, a community development credit union in Vancouver unil mid-2016. He also served on the Legislative Committee at Central 1 Credit Union. From 2005-2013, Ross was the Executive Director of Tradeworks Training Society in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Previously, Ross served as both Superintendent & Deputy Superintendent of Pensions, with 17 years...
Chair
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...
Director
David Levi is the President & CEO of Working Enterprises Ltd. In January 1992 David started the Working Opportunity Fund, BC's original labour-sponsored investment fund, which has grown to $400 million in assets and 50,000 shareholders. GrowthWorks was founded by David in January 1999 and has quickly grown to be a leading venture capital fund manager, having five offices and nine venture...
Director
Ken Neumann is the National Director for Canada, United Steelworkers (USW). Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Ken Neumann has been a lifelong Steelworker. When he was still a teenager, he was a member of Local 5890 at Ipsco Ltd. in Regina, SK, and later was a member of Local 6166 at Inco Ltd. in Thompson, MB. As a member of Local 4728 (Westank-Willock, Regina), Ken became active as a steward...
Director
William Rees is a bio-ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. His early research focused on environmental assessment but gradually extended to the biophysical requirements for sustainability and the socio-cultural implications of global ecological trends. Along the way, he developed...
Director
Sussanne Skidmore is Executive Vice President of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), which represents 65,000 working women and men. Sussanne has served in nearly every elected position in her union local—from steward to executive. As a young but seasoned union leader, Skidmore represents a generation of proud labour believers who will not be beaten down by federal, provincial...
Director
Annette Toth has been a vice president at MoveUP (Movement of United Professionals) since 2013. Her experience in the labour movement goes back to 1992 when she was president of Local 4002 with the Airline Division of CUPE. In her capacity as Vice President, Annette represents the 4500+ unionized employees at ICBC. She serves on the board of directors for both the BC Labour Heritage Centre and...

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