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Meet the team who is working daily with CLR members.

Ken McCormack

President & CEO

Ken joined CLR as President and CEO in April 2019.

A strategic professional and seasoned executive leader with more than 25 years of management experience at the highest levels, Ken has worked in the government, consulting, agriculture, and automotive sectors, representing associations similar in size and scope to CLR.

Among other things, Ken strives to inspire people and teams, to form strong relationships and partnerships, to be a credible voice in decision making, to advance the needs of CLR and its membership, and to effectively support the Board of Directors.

In addition to a degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, Ken has invested further in his own passion of being an effective negotiator and mediator through advanced training and education from the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (the equivalent of the BC Justice Institute).

Ken sees his role as President and CEO of CLR as a great opportunity to apply his experience and knowledge to advance the needs of the Association and its membership and to grow the value and engagement of the unionized construction sector in BC.

Responsible For:
  • Jurisdictional Assignment Plan (JAPlan)
  • Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan
  • BCD&A Drug & Alcohol Program Society
  • Government Relations
  • Industry Partnerships
Rachel Li

Controller

Rachel joined CLR in 2017 as the Controller. Prior to joining CLR, she held a senior finance position working in the private medical sector. Rachel has a Bachelor of Technology degree in accounting from BCIT and became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Certified General Accountant (CGA).

Responsible For:
  • Accounts Payable
Paul Strangway

Senior Director, Labour Relations

Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and has been working in Labour Relations and Human Resources since completing his degree.  He has been Senior Director, Labour Relations since August 2019 and initially joined CLR as Director, Labour Relations in August 2012.  Prior to CLR he worked as a Senior Negotiator at Metro Vancouver supporting collective bargaining and labour relations in the municipal sector.

BCBCBTU Trade Assignments:
NON-BCBCBTU Assignments and Related:
Responsible For:
  • Main Table
  • Pre Job Conferences
  • BC Construction Camp Rules and Regulations
  • BC Construction Camp Maintenance Owners Forum
  • Industry Project Labour Agreements
  • DC#38 Join Trade Board (CLR Rep #2 of 2)
Human Resource Services:
  • Personnel Relationship Issues Management
  • Discipline / Termination
  • Human Rights / Duty to Accommodate
Tiffany Chung

Director, Labour Relations

Tiffany has been working in labour relations for over 15 years. She has a bachelor’s degree from UBC and graduated from BCIT in both Business Administration and Human Resources. Tiffany joined CLR as Director, Labour Relations in July 2020. Prior to CLR, she had roles in the public sector working with municipalities on their collective bargaining and labour relations matters.

BCBCBTU Trade Assignments:
NON-BCBCBTU Assignments and Related:
Responsible For:
  • Better SuperVision
  • Teamsters Local 213 Training Plan
Vacant

Director, Labour Relations

Please contact Paul Strangway, [email protected] or TIffany Chung, [email protected] or 604-524-4911.

BCBCBTU Trade Assignments:
NON-BCBCBTU Assignments and Related:
Responsible For:
  • First Nations Liaison and Initiatives
  • Millwrights Training Trust
Glen Williams

Director, Health & Safety

Glen has an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional.  Prior to CLR, Glen was the Manager of Occupational Health, Safety & Environment for DP World, and the BC Maritime Employers Association.  Over his career, he supported the development of safety and training programs, and is fluent with Provincial and Federal Regulations. Glen was a member of the Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications Organization (FETCO), Employers” Forum and the Canadian Maritime Advisory Council representing Canadian Employers for the review and development of Federal Safety Regulations.

Sasha Swartz

Labour Relations Analyst

Sascha has a BA in Art History from Queens University and an MSc in Information Systems (UK) and has been working in Labour Relations for 10 years. She joined CLR in 2018 and previously worked in the Post Secondary sector in a similar role.

Responsible For:
  • Labour Relations Research
  • Collective Bargaining Support
Joleen Kaminski

Office Manager

Joleen joined the CLR team in 2004 as the Administrative Assistant working her way to Office Manager in the fall of 2017. She leads the team that organizes the highly anticipated golf tournaments and ever-popular AGMs.

Responsible For:
  • General Inquiries
Maria Sushkova

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

With over 15 years of business consulting, coaching, marketing, and research in various industry sectors, Maria has a particular interest in applying her professional knowledge in the Construction Sector.

Maria studied and worked in both North America and Europe, which gave her an opportunity to learn first-hand different business styles, marketing tools and communication strategies.

Prior to joining the CLR team in December 2020 in the role of Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Maria worked with Pfizer as a Brand Manager for the Animal Health Business Unit and ran her own marketing consulting company.

Maria holds a degree in Integrated Marketing Strategy from Sauder School of Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the Russian Academy of Science.

Responsible For:
  • Marketing and Communications
Krista Welters

Administrative Assistant

Krista joined CLR in 2019 as the Administrative Assistant handing accounts payable and reception. Prior to CLR, Krista worked as a Legal Assistant to three lawyers in the tax litigation department at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP in Downtown Vancouver. Krista graduated from the Legal Assistant Program at Douglas College in 2007.

Krista is an avid soccer player who coaches youth and has assisted the running of adult tournaments in LA, San Diego & Las Vegas.

Responsible For:
  • Accounts Receivable