Laura Snow was elected as President of the union in 2019. Laura notes, “As CEU President, I am proud to represent a Membership of almost 3000 dedicated professionals that work to improve workplace safety and provide support to injured workers all across British Columbia. Although newly elected to the role of President in November of 2019, I served the prior eight years as CEU Treasurer, and I have been involved with the Union in some capacity for almost 25 years.”
Paul Bergin has been with the Workers’ Compensation Board (WorkSafeBC) as a Prevention Officer for over 14 years. His passion and commitment to worker safety was the driving force in his decision to become more active with the Compensation Employees’ Union (CEU).
For the past eleven years he has been proud to represent the CEU, initially as a shop steward and for the past seven years as a Director. During this time Paul has worked with many members, stewards, executive, and CEU staff to successfully ensure our members have been protected and respected under our Collective Agreement.
Paul is committed to ensuring that workers’ rights, as well as their health and safety, are protected…and that the CEU continues to have the best collective agreement in the public sector, with a respectful and working relationship with the employer.
There is an amazing diversity of many voices in our CEU membership. Together we are stronger.
Michael has been:
- a CEU member since January 2000;
- a CEU Shop Steward 2006 – 2011;
- a CEU Executive Director 2011 – 2019; and
- a CEU Treasurer 2019 – Current.
In that time, we have grown our membership; defended our Collective Agreement rights; and made successive gains.
He continues to serve as a member on the:
- Joint Workload Committee;
- Joint Mental Health Committee; and
- Joint CEU/WCB WES/Claims Committee
Michael has twice served on the Negotiating Team and achieved gains in our 2014 – 2019 and 2019 – 2020 Collective Agreements.
As CEU Treasurer, Michael is Chairperson of both:
- the Finance Committee – preparing and monitoring the annual operational budget of your union; and
- the Investment Committee – ensuring your Surplus and Defense Funds are prudently invested.
Michael comments, “With a heart of service to you, I embrace the fiduciary responsibility of being entrusted with the care of your CEU funds and property with a view to continually financially strengthen us in the years to come.”
Erin strongly believes in the power of collective work. With a foundation of integrity, accountability, honesty and earned trust, she understands that we can collectively strengthen the equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplaces.
Erin has worked in three regional offices as an Occupational Hygiene Officer giving her an opportunity to better understand regional issues and our provincial workplaces.
Erin served as a Shop Steward and has earned the trust and respect of her colleagues as she confidentially navigated processes to support colleagues in tough times.
As a life-long learner, Erin has attended BC Federation of Labour Conference (2020) and participated in training sessions for CLC Women in Leadership (2020) and CLC Membership Engagement (2021). Erin brings valuable skills and enthusiasm to the Executive Committee and is committed to ensuring member engagement from every corner of the province to both defend our current rights and advocate for workplace improvements.
Adam began his Information Technology career at WCB in 1999. He became a Shop Steward in 2007 and a CEU Director in 2012 because he wanted to make a difference.
Over the past 13 years, he has continued to promote a healthy, positive and safe workplace with honesty, transparency and fairness for all. Having negotiated many disciplinary and non- disciplinary matters, Adam has earned the respect as a credible voice with management, human resources and staff alike.
“I believe all members deserve to be heard and receive fair and equal treatment.”
Since 2014, Howard has actively participated in CEU’s affairs and represented the membership in roles as Shop Steward, Chair of Shop Stewards, Investment Committee member, Joint Diversity & Corporate OHS Committee member, Subject-matter-guide for attendance-related absences, Sergeant-at-Arms, Secretary, and Member-at-large for 2014 – 2019 Collective Agreement bargaining.
While serving as CEU’s Secretary, Howard was instrumental in transforming CEU’s in-person operations of AGM/Elections/Shop Steward Seminars to virtual settings during the COVID pandemic ensuring business continuity for CEU. Working closely with CEU’s Treasurer in the Investment Committee, Howard has demonstrated his financial acumen by assisting with investment policy revisions to ensure appropriate governance and continuing financial strength in the years to come.
Kerry-Ann began her career in 1988 at WCB and today serves as a Client Service Representative in Teleclaims.
Kerry-Ann’s interest in Union activities began when she participated in the 1989 CEU Collective Agreement Strike. She became a Shop Steward in 2016 and was elected as a CEU Director in 2020.
Kerry-Ann has had the privilege to represent the CEU membership at various levels. It is important to her to listen to, represent and fight hard for all CEU members. She has a lot to offer and recognizes this as her opportunity to step up and increase her involvement in representing the membership at the CEU executive table.
James was hired as a Case Manager in the Victoria Office in 2004 and shortly after became involved with the CEU as a Shop Steward. Prior to WCB, James was a Director of another Union, with experience in contract negotiation, communication strategies, and pension work.
As a Steward, James focused attention on the issues in the Victoria office including workload, culture, and leadership as well as advocating for members through grievance with the employer and workplace mediations.
From 2005 to 2020, James worked with the WCB Superannuation Plan. First as CEU Observer and then Trustee/Pension Committee representing members in the Plan in 2008. James was also part of the Collective Agreement Team in 2019, and became a new Director in 2020. James and his family all live in beautiful Victoria BC.
Colin has been a Case Manager at WorkSafeBC since 2001 and currently works out of the Kamloops office. He has served as a Shop Steward in Kamloops and was a Member at Large on the Negotiating Committee for the recently negotiated contract. It is important to Colin that members’ rights in the collective agreement are upheld. It is an honor for him to serve the members in this role and to help ensure that the union is effective and efficient in its service to members.
Chair of Shop Stewards
My work as a CEU shop steward, has provided me with the experience to ensure the interests of our members are reflected in our bargaining strategy and tactics. Having been a CEU member for the past 22 years, I know the importance of how the language in a collective agreement can positively or negatively affect our work environment.