Leadership

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National President

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Milton Dyck
National President
Work Phone: 613-560-4306
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National Executive

The Agriculture Union’s National Executive is comprised of a National President and four National Executive Vice-Presidents. These five national officers are Agriculture Union members, elected by the delegates at our union’s National Triennial Convention.

The National President and First National Executive Vice-President are both full-time officers, based at the Agriculture Union’s National Office in Ottawa.

The National Executive ensures that our union’s resources are appropriately allocated and that its activities reflect the will of the membership. It meets four times a year.

Brief biographies and contact information for our other National Executive officers can be seen below.

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Patrick St-Georges
First National Executive Vice-President
Work Phone: 613-560-4306
Categories: National Executive
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Randy Olynyk
Second National Executive Vice-President
Work Phone: (780) 292-1343 Cell Phone: (780) 619-2249
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Dorothy McRae
Third National Executive Vice-President
Cell Phone: 587-257-3947
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Audrey St-Germain
Fourth National Executive Vice-President
Cell Phone: 514-972-4427
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National Council

The National Council serves as the Agriculture Union’s governing body between triennial conventions.  Its members are directly elected by grassroots delegates at our union’s National Triennial Convention.

The National Council is made up of the National Executive and:

  • Regional Vice-Presidents, who represent defined geographical regions of the country; and
  • The National Director for Human Rights.

The National Council meets twice a year to oversee the operation of the union between conventions.

In addition to the National Executive, its current members, along with the Locals they represent, can be seen below.

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Jan Pennington
RVP – Eastern Atlantic
Work Phone: 902-536-1029 Cell Phone: 902-670-2810
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Tammy Carter
RVP – Western Atlantic
Home Phone: (506) 612-0231 Cell Phone: (506) 612-0231
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Jannick Beaurivage
RVP – Eastern Quebec
Work Phone: (418) 648-4820 ext. 313 Cell Phone: (418) 208-0106
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Stéphane Scaramella
RVP – West Quebec
Cell Phone: (514) 298-4919
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Sylvie Jubinville
RVP – National Capital Region
Cell Phone: 613 292-2743
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RVP VACANT
RVP – Southern Ontario
Categories: National Council
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Stewart Spence
RVP – Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut
Cell Phone: 204-479-7409
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Curtis Veale
RVP – Saskatchewan
Cell Phone: (306) 370-9030
Categories: National Council
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RVP – Northern Alberta VACANT
RVP – Northern Alberta & Northwest Territories
Categories: National Council
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Sherry Hunt
RVP – Southern Alberta
Categories: National Council
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Christine Austin
RVP – Eastern British Columbia
Work Phone: (250) 494-6377 Cell Phone: (780) 554-5355
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Todd Smith
RVP – Western BC and Yukon
Categories: National Council
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Gus Mardli
National Director of the Human Rights Committee
Cell Phone: 204-797-4722
Categories: Human Rights Committee, National Council
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Past Presidents

Our Union is fortunate to have had a tradition of dedicated, effective National Presidents.

The individuals noted below have contributed immensely to the strength and success of today’s Agriculture Union. The asterisk indicates that the individual is deceased.

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Fabian Murphy
2017-2020
Bob Kingston
2008-2017
Yves Ducharme
1999-2008
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Larry Leng*
1993-1999
Fred Coates
1983-1993
Albert Burke
1981-1983
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D.K. Yost*
1970-1981
Andy Stewart*
1966-1970

Life Members

Life Membership is the highest honour the Agriculture Union can bestow on a member of our Union. The awarding of Life Memberships is decided by the National Council according to the direction provided in our by-laws:

“Life Membership may be awarded to any current and/or retired member who, through personal and devoted efforts in the affairs of this Union , has performed exemplary services for the membership.”

The uniqueness of this recognition is shown by the fact that there can only be 10 Life Memberships at any one time. Life Members who are deceased are also recognized on this page.

Below is the list of current Life Members of the Agriculture Union:

  • Albert Burke
  • Fred Coates
  • Yves Ducharme
  • Teri Friday
  • Bob Jackson
  • Bob Kinston
  • John Langs
  • Glenn Miller
  • R.S. Pani Panickar
  • Claude Parent
  • Gilles Pelletier
  • Henriette Pollon
  • Charles Prest
  • Denis Sicard
  • Raphaël Tarasco

Life members who have passed away:

  • Larry Leng
  • André Sénéchal
  • A.I. (Andy) Stewart
  • Howard Willems
  • J.K. Yost