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Keynotes announced for Society Council

Three keynote speakers have been announced for the annual Society council meeting, which is being held November 15-16.

The annual council meeting is The Society’s highest governing body, comprised of delegates from every workplace, unit directors, local vice presidents and the principal officers.

Jennifer French, the Member of Provincial Parliament for Oshawa will speak the evening of Sunday, November 15. French is the NDP pension critic who was first elected in 2014. A teacher with the Durham District School Board, French was an active Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario member who also served on the Durham Region Labour Council.

Monday, November 16 will include two keynotes: Mariam Abou-Dib of the Canadian Labour Congress and Michelle Branigan of Electricity Human Resources Canada.

Abou-Dib is Executive Assistant to the President of the Canadian Labour Congress. Prior to joining the CLC last year, Abou-Dib held senior roles in membership development with the Public Service Alliance of Canada. She will talk about what union activists can do to mobilize members in their workplaces.

As President and CEO of EHRC, Branigan works with the energy sector to identify and address human resources issues. Having worked in a wide range of human resources fields in Canada and Ireland, Branigan will talk about the issues facing energy professionals now and what to expect in the future.