On the last day of the 19th Convention, delegates voted on Convention Resolutions, and elected the new CIU National Executive, Human Rights Representative, Young Workers Representative, and Alternates:
- National President Mark Weber (elected)
- 1st National Vice-President Rick Savage (elected)
- 2nd National Vice-President Ken Turner (elected)
- 3rd National Vice-President Claude Bouchard (acclaimed)
- 4th National Vice-President Michael Aessie (elected)
- National Human Rights Representative Murray Star (acclaimed)
- Alternate National Human Rights Representative Sophie Martin (elected)
- National Young Workers Representative Yanniv Waknine (acclaimed)
- Alternate National Young Workers Representative Sandra Richard (acclaimed)
Larry Rousseau overseeing the elections of the new CIU National Executive and National Representatives & Alternates.
Outgoing National President Jean-Pierre Fortin chairing the last day of the 19th National Convention.
Jean-Pierre Fortin swearing in the new national representatives. From left to right, top: Ken Turner, Michael Aessie, Sandra Richard. Left to right, middle: Murray Star, Richard Savage, Yanniv Waknine. Left to right, bottom: Sophie Martin, Mark Weber, Claude Bouchard.
July 8, 2021, was the first day of CIU’s 19th National Convention. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was also the first day of our union’s first ever virtual convention, with the CIU National President, Jean-Pierre Fortin, chairing the meeting from the studio in Ottawa, and all delegates attending virtually.
Despite these unusual circumstances, delegates were keen to take on Convention business, and had the opportunity to hear reports from the National President as well as from CIU National Representatives. We were also glad to welcome PSAC National President Chris Aylward for the opening address, as well as FB national negotiator Morgan Gay.
CIU National President Jean-Pierre Fortin and PSAC National President Chris Aylward in studio, in Ottawa
Jean-Pierre Fortin listens as Morgan Gay addresses Convention.
Documents intended for Convention attendees are available through the Convention Documents Download Centre.
The National Convention, which is the supreme governing body of our Union, is held once every three years and provides an opportunity for all CIU members to become involved in the operation and future of their Union. Although the Convention initially planned for October 2020 had to be postponed, we are pleased to announce that the event has been rescheduled to July 2021. Given the pandemic, the event will be held virtually.
We invite you to see the following documents for more information:
Last week, the CIU National Board of Directors (NBoD) met virtually to address the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on our upcoming National Convention. Taking into account current public health considerations, the CIU NBoD voted to postpone the October 2020 National Convention to 2021.
As our union’s supreme governing body, the National Convention plays a crucial role every three years in ensuring our organization is a vibrant and democratic one. The NBoD agreed to postpone the Convention so it could take place in a safe environment while upholding the participatory principles that are important to our members. While the current term is being extended to 2021, the usual schedule will resume thereafter and subsequent conventions will be held in 2023 and 2026.
The postponement of the National Convention also impacts our Branch Elections, which were scheduled for this fall. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Branch Elections will now take place in 2021.
Information posted on the CIU national website will be amended to reflect the revised dates. As the current situation remains uncertain, dates could still change should there be new developments. We will make sure to keep you informed as things progress.