November 9, 2020

The BC Building Trades Council offers its sincere congratulations to Andrew Mercier on his election to B.C.’s NDP government.

As executive director for the council, Mercier led the Building Trades during an incredibly difficult time for construction workers. His advocacy efforts on behalf of the council to ensure the health and safety of construction workers during the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to increased site inspections, enforcement of occupational health and safety guidelines, and application of provincial COVID-19 health orders.

“We’ve been benefiting from Andrew’s passion, knowledge and skills since he joined the council, and now his election to government allows him to work for all British Columbians,” said BCBT president Al Phillips.

Phillips added that Mercier’s political experience and passion have been assets to the Building Trades, and his voice in government is a voice for workers across B.C.

The council will now begin an executive search process to replace Mercier. In the meantime, the council’s executive board is delighted to announce the appointment of Brynn Bourke to the position of interim executive director. Bourke, who had been in the role of senior director of engagement, brings extensive experience to the position. She served eight years with the council as director of campaigns and research and also held the role of executive director of the BC Federation of Labour.

“Brynn knows construction, she knows training and apprenticeship, she knows the issues facing our sector and she has the abilities, insight and instinct to skillfully guide the unionized construction sector through this transition,” said Phillips.