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Board members: Employee Representatives

George Bouchard click to open

Appointed in 2019, he has been employed as a national servicing representative with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) since 2010.  Coming from the airline division of CUPE, he has the opportunity to service locals in all 5 of the Union's sectors, primarily focusing on the negotiations, arbitrations and general grievance handling. He was previously a member of the social services appeal board of Manitoba.

Marie Buchan click to open

Appointed in 2021, Marie Buchan is the Director of Operations for United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 832, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. UFCW Local 832 represents over 18,000 members of the private sector in over 130 different workplaces across the Province. As Director of Operations, she oversees all staff and overall operations or-the locals 3 offices & two training centres in the Province. She began her career with UFCW Local 832 in 2002. She came on staff as a relief representative - becoming a permanent, full-time union representative in March 2003. In the same month, in addition to her appointment as a Local 832 full-time union rep, she was elected to the Executive Board of the UFCW Canadian Council. She has also been the Manitoba representative for the UFCW Canada Youth Committee and the UFCW Canada Women's Advisory Board. She was the Local's Director of Servicing for 4 years before moving into the Negotiation's department in 2012. After 4 years as a full time Negotiator and Executive Assistant to the President, she moved into her current role as Director of Operations. She also represents UFCW Local 832 as a member of the Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive Council. She currently sits as a trustee for a variety of Health and Welfare Benefit Plans and is on the Manitoba Blue Cross Board of Directors.

Abstinencia (Abs) Diza click to open

Appointed in 2015, Abs Diza has been employed as a staff union representative for Workers United Canada Council since June 2006. She is actively involved in collective bargaining, grievance handling and guiding members with their health benefits. Mrs. Diza is also currently a vice-president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour.

Greg Flemming click to open

Appointed in 2019, he is the executive director of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association, where he is active in grievance handling, collective bargaining, and the governance of the association.  He received his Doctor of Philosophy from York University in 2015, where he was a tutor and member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Dee Gillies click to open

Appointed in 2019, Dee is an experienced organizer, negotiator, and employee representative in grievances and arbitrations. She served as the executive director of the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers (WAPSO) until her retirement in 2018. Prior to that, she was an international representative for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFTPTE), and board member of the Telecommunications Employees Association of Manitoba (TEAM).

Tom Henderson click to open

Appointed in 2016, Tom Henderson is employed by the Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU) as a workplace safety and health officer, as well as working in labour relations, since 2002. Prior to working with the MNU, he was employed in the private sector within the aerospace industry and has held a number of leadership roles including local union president, bargaining committee chairperson, and local union discussion leader. As a labour relations officer, he deals with grievance arbitration, collective bargaining and the delivery of specific membership training needs as required. He is a certified health and safety professional and provides the MNU, and its leadership, with workplace safety and health advice and also handles files related to workplace safety and health with employers where MNU represents nurses. He sits on the Provincial Violence Prevention in Healthcare Steering Committee and co-chairs the Joint Employer/Manitoba Council of Healthcare Unions Workplace Safety and Health Committee.

Janet Kehler click to open

Appointed in 2018, Janet Kehler has both Bachelors of Arts and Social Work degrees and began her career in child protection, going on to serve as manager of Emergency Services for the Province of Manitoba. In 2006, she took on the role as staff representative with the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU), where she was responsible for negotiating collective agreements, bringing grievances forward, and other member services. She went on to manage a team of staff representatives before assuming her current position as the MGEU director of member services. As director, Ms. Kehler oversees various components of the service continuum, including several teams of staff representatives, the MGEU’s resource centre, and its legal department.

Nancy Kerrclick to open

Nancy Kerr was appointed to the Manitoba Labour Board in 2022. Prior to retiring, Nancy served The Manitoba Teachers' Society as a staff officer in the Teacher Welfare Department from 2002 to 2018, including four years as the Winnipeg Teachers' Association Business Agent. She has extensive experience in collective bargaining, grievance handling, maternity/parental leaves, and international programs. Prior to becoming a staff officer, she taught high school chemistry and physics for 13 years, during which time she was heavily involved in her local teacher association. She has a Bachelor of Science (4 yr.) from the University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Education and Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Education from the University of Manitoba.

Marc Lafond click to open

Appointed in 2016, Marc Lafond has been employed as business manager and financial secretary of the International Union of Operating Engineers of Manitoba, Local 987 (IOUE) since 2011. Previous to his employment with the IUOE, he was the executive director of OETIM Inc. a crane, heavy equipment and safety training facility from 2006 - 2011, and was a Red Seal mobile crane operator for 1997 - 2006. He currently serves as a trustee on several pension and health and welfare boards and the Manitoba Apprenticeship and Certification Board. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Labour Studies program.

Diane Mark click to open

Diane Mark was appointed to the Manitoba Labour Board in 2018,. Prior to retirement in early 2020, she worked for the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union since 1989, where she held the Manager, Member Services, positon since 2015. Prior to the Manager position, she was a Senior Staff Representative. Ms. Mark has been involved in servicing, facilitating, grievance handling, collective bargaining as well as participated in arbitration hearings. Ms. Mark had represented members in every sector; Civil Service, Crown Corporations, Healthcare and Labour Relations. In addition, Ms. Mark trained and mentored staff. In 1994, Ms. Mark graduated from the University of Manitoba Labour Program and in 2000 attended Queen’s University Industrial Relations – Negotiation Skills, as well as NUPGE Leadership School in 2010.

Sandra Oakley click to open

Appointed in 2008, Sandra Oakley was employed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) from 1981 to 2013. She worked as a national servicing representative, dealing with negotiations, grievance arbitrations and other labour relations issues, and as an assistant managing director in the Organizing and Servicing Department of CUPE at its national office in Ottawa. She was the regional director for CUPE in Manitoba from October 2002 to March 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the Labour College of Canada. She serves on the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation Board of Directors and on the United Way of Winnipeg's Board of Trustees and was the chairperson of the United Way of Winnipeg's 2014 Campaign. Ms. Oakley is the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Federation of Non-profit Organizations.

Tom Paciclick to open

(Biography to follow)

Tony Sproule click to open

Appointed in 2018, Tony Sproule is currently employed as an international representative with the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW) since 2006. As the area supervisor of staff representatives, he deals primarily with grievance arbitration matters, collective bargaining, organizing, member education and facilitating of the USW constitution within the Province of Manitoba.

Roland J. Stankevicius click to open

Appointed in 2020, Roland has served as the General Secretary of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society since January 2019. Prior to that he worked as a Teacher Welfare Staff Officer for the Society and more recently as the Assistant General Secretary for the Society these past 10 years. Roland has been a public school teacher since 1986 and has served in many capacities as his union’s representative in various committees including workplace safety and health and disability benefits plan committees. Roland’s practice includes extensive collective bargaining experience for his local teacher union and other provincial teacher local affiliates. Roland earned his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Manitoba and his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta.

Glenn Tomchak click to open

Appointed in 2015, Glenn Tomchak has held positions in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1953 executive since 1984; including six years as chief steward and 19 years as president, dealing with grievance arbitration matters, collective bargaining and shop issues. In March 2015, he was elected as the directing business representative for District 181. Mr. Tomchak has worked at Motor Coach Industries for over 30 years.

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