About the BC Building Trades

The BC Building Trades Council was established in 1967. The Building Trades unions in BC have a long history. Organizations uniting the BC construction trade unions have existed under various banners and date back to the late 19th century. The BC Building Trades is governed by its membership. Delegates selected by each of the affiliate unions attend an annual general convention. The convention is the supreme body within the organization. Two of the primary responsibilities for convention are to set policy, and, to elect the Table Officers: The President, Vice-President and Secretary Treasurer.

Table Officers are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Council. In between conventions the council is overseen by an executive council. Normally, it is the Business Managers (the elected heads) from affiliate unions who sit on the Executive Board. The Executive Board meets on a monthly basis, during the calendar year, to set the course and review the business of the council. The daily management of the BC Building Trades is the responsibility of the Executive Director who is the chief staff person at the Council. The Executive Director works closely with the Table Officers to accomplish the short and long term projects of the organization.

The BC Building Trades is organized into regional councils. The Regional Councils initiate and oversee the Council's activity within their geographical boundaries. There are five regional councils in the province of BC:

The British Columbia and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council is an umbrella organization for construction unions in the province of British Columbia. Currently there are 17 unions in the province who are affiliated to the BC Building Trades. Together, these unions represent 35,000 members and highly skilled craft workers throughout BC and the Yukon Territory.

Executive Board

MANUEL ALVERNAZ
Labourers 1611

DAVE HOLMES
Painters DC 38

BRIAN COCHRANE
Operating Engineers 115

JIM NOON
UA 324 (Plumbers)

CHRIS FELLER
Cement Masons 919

ADAM VAN STEINBURG
IBEW 213

JAMES LELAND
Ironworkers 97

LEE LOFTUS
Insulators 118

JIM PAQUETTE
Sheet Metal 280

JIM PEARSON
UNITE HERE 40

TONY SANTAVENERE
Teamsters 213

GEOFF HIGGINSON
Bricklayers 2

 

BC Building Trades

About the BC Building Trades and its affiliate unions

Executive Directory

PRESIDENT: Lee Loftus
VICE-PRESIDENT: Adam Van Steinburg
SECRETARY-TREASURER: Jim Paquette

Staff Directory

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Tom Sigurdson
DIRECTOR OF CAMPAIGNS & POLICY: Brynn Bourke
WORKERS ADVOCATE: Merrill O’Donnell
BOOKKEEPER: Anne Leary
EVENT PLANNER: Nancy Antolcic
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS:
Julianne Losito & Alyssa Alexander

 

BC Building Trades

Monday – Friday | 8:30am – 4:30pm | closed holidays
phone: (778) 397-2220 | fax: (778) 397-2250
email: bcytbctc(-at-)bcbuildingtrades.org

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