Deb Tveit is responsible for the education, hospitality, food and beverage manufacturing, generl service, mining, minerals and fisheries sectors at Unifor. She is also responsible for Unifor’s Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, the Women’s and Human Rights Departments, regional equity committees, retirees chapters and Unifor’s Employee Family Assistance Program.
Tveit worked at Johnson Controls in Tillsonburg, Ontario and held various Executive Board positions in Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 1859, as well as various bargaining committee positions, including Plant Chairperson.
In 1999, she became a CAW National Representative in the organizing department, then moved to servicing in 2004. In September 2011, she was appointed Assistant to the CAW National President Ken Lewenza. Tveit was part of the committee that brought CAW and Communications Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) together to form Unifor. She was appointed Assistant to National President Jerry Dias when the new union formed in 2013 from the merger of the CAW and the CEP.
She is a proud member of the Oneida Nation of Upper Cayuga, Six Nations, Brantford, Ontario. She is married to a retired Unifor skilled trades member and is the mother of four children and grandmother to eight grandchildren.
Katha Fortier is responsible health care, social services, and media sectors as well as the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. She also oversees the work of the
Communications and Education departments at Unifor.
Fortier was Unifor’s first Ontario Regional Director before being appointed Assistant to the National President in 2016.
Fortier was born and raised in Northern Ontario. Her father was a proud member of Communication Energy and Paperworkers union (CEP), one of Unifor’s founding unions along with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), at the Domtar Mill in Red Rock.
Fortier worked for several years in a small, rural hospital in Nipigon, Ontario and held various positions representing workers in her workplace. A member of Local 229 in Thunder Bay, Katha was a full-time Vice-President before going on staff of the CAW in Windsor in 2005, becoming the Health Care Director in 2008.
Chris MacDonald is responsible for the telecommunications, retail, gaming, marine and road transportation sectors at Unifor. Chris also oversees the membership mobilization and organizing departments at Unifor.
MacDonald came out of the natural gas sector of one of Unifor’s predecessor unions, the Communication Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) union. Like his father, Chris was a gas worker at Enbridge. He served at the President of CEP Local 975 before moving to staff of CEP in 2007.
In 2010, he moved on to be the Ontario Director of the Canadian Labour Congress, and in 2014 was appointed to the position of Assistant to CLC President Hassan Yussuff.
In this role, Macdonald managed the political work of the Canadian Labour Congress, having responsibility for the operation of the Regional offices, staff and labour councils affiliated to the CLC across the country. In July of 2017 he returned to Unifor and was appointed to his current position of Assistant to the National President.
Shane Wark is responsible for the manufacturing sector, which includes the Detroit Three auto makers, independent auto parts and suppliers, aerospace, plastics, fabricated metals, shipbuilding, and bus, heavy truck and specialty vehicles. He is also responsible for the vehicle services (auto dealerships) sector and oversees the Skilled Trades and Constitutional Departments at Unifor.
Raised in a union family, Wark’s activism in the Canadian labour movement began in 1994 when he started work at Ford Motor Company’s Windsor Operations and became a proud member of Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 200. In 1996, he was elected Union Committee person at the Ford Essex Engine Plant and was re-elected in 1999. He was elected Plant Chairperson at Ford Essex Engine in 2002 and again in 2005, before joining the staff of the CAW in 2006, serving as a National Representative under the leadership of Buzz Hargrove. In 2013, at the formation of Unifor, Shane was appointed Assistant to Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
Wark has extensive experience in collective bargaining and servicing. His attention to detail and strong understanding of the administrative workings of Unifor has been integral to the further development of Unifor’s Constitution, policies, and practices.