MoveUP Convention 2021 – Join us online to watch Convention
October 25, 2021
To: All MoveUP members
Our union’s triennial Conventions takes place from October 28 to 30 and we want all our members to have a chance to experience one of our most anticipated and exciting events.
For the first time ever, we will be live streaming select speeches from our special guests on our website at MoveUPTogether.ca/Convention2021.
Please join us for the following speeches. All times are PT. Schedule is subject to change. Videos will also be archived so you can watch later if you are unable to do so live.
David Black – Thursday, October 28 at 9:30 a.m.
David Black was first elected as president of MoveUP in 2011, and is also the president of our national union, COPE-SEPB, having held that position since 2016. David sits on the BC Federation of Labour Political Action Committee, the Canadian Labour Congress Canada Council, and on the BC Climate Solutions Council.
Dr. Cindy Blackstock – Thursday, October 28 at 11 a.m.
A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Dr. Blackstock has nearly three decades of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. Her research has included Indigenous theory and the identification and remediation of structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth and families.
Pierrick Choinière-Lapointe – Thursday, October 28 at 2:40 p.m.
Pierrick Choinière-Lapointe was first hired by SEPB-Québec in 2006 as a union representative, before being named deputy director for SEPB-Québec in 2016 as well as legal counsel to the National President. In 2019, he was elected to his role as national secretary-treasurer and also became executive director of SEPB-Québec.
CLC President Bea Bruske – Friday, October 29 at 10:25 a.m.
Bea Bruske was elected as president of the Canadian Labour Congress at their most recent Constitutional Convention back in June 2021, becoming just the second woman president in the organization’s history. Bruske has over three decades of experience as an activist and advocate for workers. Her extensive experience at UFCW Local 832 included time as a shop steward, vice-president of the executive board, a full-time union representative, full-time negotiator, and most recently as secretary-treasurer.
BCFED President Laird Cronk – Friday, October 29 at 11:30 a.m.
Laird Cronk was acclaimed to his second term as the BCFED President this past November. A Red Seal Electrician, Cronk has been a union member with IBEW Local 230 for over 30 years and works tirelessly to advocate for the interest of working people across the province. In his time as president, the BCFED has campaigned heavily for many issues including paid sick leave, domestic violence leave, workers’ compensation reform, and labour code reform.