Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

December 07, 2007 13:45 ET

PIPSC: Michele Demers re-elected President

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2007) - Michele Demers, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada has been re-elected for a second three-year mandate.

All regular and retired members of the Institute were eligible to vote by mail-in ballot. The President and Vice-Presidents are elected using a ranked-choice or instant runoff ballot.

First elected President in 2005, Michele has been active in the union for over twenty-five years. As a social worker at Veterans Affairs Canada, Michele first became politically active as a Steward in 1981 and continued to be more and more involved with the Institute on behalf of the members.

In recent years, Michele has championed issues such as collective bargaining, science funding for the public good, union-management consultation, and public service renewal, to name but a few.

Michele is currently chair of the Professional Institute's Board of Directors and a member of the following committees: Public Service Pension Advisory Committee, the Board of Governors of the Canada School of Public Service, the National Joint Council Executive, the Science ADMs Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund (CMDF). She also oversees a staff of 150 located in 7 regional offices and the national office in Ottawa.

A passionate believer in the union movement, Michele strongly believes that the rights and interests of employees should be firmly upheld and vigorously promoted. Improving labour management relations is critical to the betterment of the working environment of the Public Service to the benefit of all Canadians.

In other results, the positions on the Board of Directors to be filled this year have been filled by Vice-President (part time) David Gray, NCR Regional Directors Richard Dupuis and Sean O'Reilly, Prairie/NWT Regional Director Robert Hunter and Quebec Regional Director Yvon Brodeur. They join the other directors and vice presidents who will be serving the remainder of their terms on the Board of Directors.

The Institute was founded in 1920 and became a bargaining agent in 1967 with the passage of the Public Service Staff Relations Act. Its mission is to represent members collectively and individually by providing bargaining, labour relations and other member services; by promoting and defending the rights and interests of members; and, by safeguarding and promoting professional standards, through a network of elected officials, stewards and members, supported by staff.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union representing 55,000 professionals and scientists across the the country.

Contact Information

  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Francine Pressault
    613-228-6310, ext. 2228