National Representatives

Jean-Pierre Fortin, National President

Jean-Pierre Fortin began his career in 1982 as a Customs Inspector with Revenue Canada, at first in St-Armand, then in Noyan, and later on in Clarenceville, Quebec. This particular area of the province is still considered “home”.

It was in 1987, as a member of the Eastern Townships District Branch, that Brother Fortin first became a union representative.  Initially, he was elected Treasurer, then 2nd Vice-President and in 1996, President.  He remained Branch President until he was elected, in March 2003, to the National Executive as CIU’s 4th National Vice-President.

At the CIU National Conventions of October 2005 and October 2008, Brother Fortin was elected 1st National Vice-President.  As such, he was responsible for operations at the National Office and in 2009, negotiated the collective agreement for National Office employees.  He was also the Chair of two National Board of Directors standing committees:  Border Security and Finance.

At its 2011, 2014 and 2017 National Conventions and by acclamation, the CIU elected Brother Fortin its National President.

A strong leader whose wealth of experience was gained at all levels of the organization, Jean-Pierre Fortin is determined to continue fighting for the CIU, its members and their rights.

Mark Weber, First National Vice-President

Mark Weber began his career in 2003 as a Customs Inspector at Pearson International Airport in Toronto and in 2011, became the President of Local 024 in Toronto. Through their Local website and bi weekly newsletters, Mark was able to keep this large Local informed and mobilized. He also made great strides engaging young workers, laying the groundwork for the future of this Union. Brother Weber comes from a family of ardent Unionists and brings a strong belief in the greater labour movement to his role as 1st National VP.

Brother Weber now Chairs the Policy Health and Safety Committee and Union/Management Relations Group. As we enter a period of unparalleled attacks on Unions, Mark is eager to defend and extend the rights our Union Sisters and Brothers sacrificed so much to achieve.

Chantal Rajotte, Second National Vice-President

With over seven years experience as a union activist, Chantal Rajotte climbed the Customs and Immigration Union ladder within the Headquarters Branch Executive.  She consecutively held the positions of  3rd, 2nd and 1st Vice-President until elected President of the Branch in May 16, 2013, a position she held until October 5th, 2014, when she was elected 4th National Vice-President. On October 1st, 2017, she was elected 2nd National Vice-President.

Sister Rajotte has an extensive background in social activism.  Her cooperative approach in her dealings with management results in an effective and successful representation of members.  She is a member of the Program and Administration (PA) unit and as such, is fully aware of the issues that are unique to this group and are of concern to her fellow unit members.

While President of the Headquarters Branch, she chaired the Occupational Health and Safety Committee (OSH) and the Collective Bargaining Committee.  Also active in organizations in her community, she is the President of the Conseil régional d’action politique de l’Outaouais (CRAPO) and is a member of the executive of the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s Regional Council for the National Capital Region.  In addition, she is also a member of the Comité régional des femmes francophones de la RCN.

As ever, Chantal remains focused on the needs of CIU members and their concerns and her objective is to continue to serve them faithfully and to fight for their rights.

Joey Dunphy, Third National Vice-President

Bio and photo to come.

Richard Savage, Fourth National Vice-President

Bio and photo to come.

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Murray Star, Human Rights Representative

Murray Star joined Customs in February 1990, at a time when Customs was part of Revenue Canada. He was hired as a Customs Inspector at Pearson International Airport. In 1995, he became involved with the Toronto Branch Local 24, first as a steward and later as an executive steward. It was at this time that his passion for Human Rights was ignited.

Murray’s knowledge was shaped during a four-year battle for religious accommodation, a fight he won through Human Rights. As a result of this victory, all CBSA employees now have the right to meet their religious obligations without fear.

Brother Star assisted Sister Fiona Johnstone in the course of her long fight for family accommodation that would take her through a Human Rights Tribunal and Appeals Court. Justice finally prevailed and he is proud to have been a witness in this groundbreaking case.

In 2011, Murray was elected 2nd Vice-President of the CIU Toronto Branch, where he was responsible for accommodations and human rights.

Murray Star has a passion for protecting and expanding members’ rights. He is committed to defending the interests of CIU and all of its members.

Andrew Wiersema, Youth Representative

Bio and photo to come.