Biographies of Guest Speakers



Ken Lewenza is the first local union leader to be elected CAW National President in the union’s history. He was re-elected president a the 9th Constitutional Convention held in August, 2009.

Ken is a rank-and-file leader and activist who has emphasized outreach within the labour movement and the broader community during his terms as president of CAW Local 444 and CAW Council President.

Ken was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario and has been a member of CAW Local 444 since he began working at Chrysler Canada in 1972 at the age of 18. In 1978, Ken was elected as a steward in the chassis division where his strong desire to improve the quality of life for workers emerged.

Ken held the positions of committeeperson, chairperson and vice-president before taking on the role of Local 444 President in 1994.

Ken was the Chair of the CAW Chrysler Master Bargaining Committee for the last five rounds of Big Three bargaining. He was also a CAW National Executive Board member and the president of CAW Council for the past 10 years.

He was an active delegate on the Windsor and District Labour Council and a community leader in the Windsor-Essex. Ken has been involved with many community organizations including the Motor City Credit Union, Guardian Board of Windsor, the labour-sponsored Community Development Group, Hotel Dieu Hospital Board, the AIDS Committee of Windsor and United Way of Windsor-Essex County.

In 2002, as a tribute to his hard work and dedication, Ken was awarded the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Award, a joint initiative of the United Way and the Windsor and District Labour Council.


Stephen Lewis is the co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV/AIDS.

Stephen Lewis was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

In addition to his work with AIDS-Free World, Mr. Lewis is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. He serves as the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative. He recently served as a Commissioner for the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

Stephen Lewis is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honor for lifetime achievement. In 2005, Mr. Lewis was named by TIME magazine as one of the ‘One hundred most influential people in the world’ (he was cited in the category which included The Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Nelson Mandela).

Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book, Race Against Time. He holds 34 honorary degrees from Canadian universities as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University.


Mr. Carney was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada effective 1 February 2008, for a term of seven years. As Governor, he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank.

In addition to his duties as Governor of the Bank of Canada, he serves as Chairman of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Mr. Carney is also a member of the Group of Thirty, and of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum.

Born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Mr. Carney received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University in 1988. He received a master’s degree in economics in 1993 and a doctorate in economics in 1995, both from Oxford University.

Prior to joining the public service, Mr. Carney had a thirteen-year career with Goldman Sachs in its London, Tokyo, New York and Toronto offices. Mr. Carney was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in August 2003. In November 2004, he left the Bank to become Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Finance – a position he held until his appointment as Governor of the Bank.


Julia Pope is a board member and Director of Strategic Communications at, a growing community of 150,000 Canadians working together across generations to advance climate justice, equality and democratic reform by using online organizing tools and crowdsourced, reactive campaigns to hold government accountable to build a better future for all Canadians. campaigns integrate online and on-the-ground tactics to connect Canadians around a wide range of issues and help them strengthen their collective voices. From organizing volunteers in 100+ simultaneous actions at MP offices, to mobilizing thousands of letters-to-the-editor and creating waves in social media, the Leadnow community has helped shift the national conversation on the federal budget, the crime bill, electoral fraud and environmental issues.

Julia has over 10 years experience as an organizer and campaigner with a focus on electoral reform and provincial politics. She has a background in journalism and communications, having worked as a contributor and program guest-host at CBC Radio and as a consultant in the biomedical field. In addition to her work with Leadnow, she is currently working on patient safety initiatives in BC and developing intraprofessional education experiences for healthcare professionals.

Julia majored in Canadian Studies at the University of British Columbia and was a participant in the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ 2012 NextUp youth leadership program. She was born and raised in a Ukrainian and Metis family in the Okanagan Valley in rural, southern British Columbia – a place she still calls home.



Dave Coles was elected as President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) at its 2006 Biennial Convention held in Vancouver. He came to Ottawa after serving for six years as CEP’s Western Regional Vice-President. Dave has a long history of labour and community activism and was known as one of the most senior and experienced trade union organizers in Western Canada. He also has a solid reputation as a social activist, having helped to found such progressive national groups as the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute.


Kevin Page was appointed Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer on March 25, 2008. The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is an independent officer of the Library of Parliament who reports to the Speakers of both chambers and who is responsible for providing independent analysis to the Senate and to the House of Commons about trends in the national economy, the state of nation’s finances and the estimates of the government.

Mr. Page has 27 years of experience in the federal public service. Many of the years were in the central agencies — Finance Canada, the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board Secretariat — where he held positions responsible for the provision of advice and analysis on economic, fiscal and expenditure management issues. Mr. Page has also held different positions in other departments including Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Mr. Page was born in Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario in 1957. He has a Master of Arts in Economics (1982) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He is married and the father of three children.



Paul Moist is national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Canada’s largest union with more than 605,000 members.  As national president, Moist is a leading voice on the economy, globalization, trade, and a staunch defender of human rights in Canada and around the world. Most recently he’s focused on workers’ rights and pension reform.

Moist became a CUPE member in 1975 when he began working as a wading pool attendant with the City of Winnipeg. After a variety of other jobs with the City, he became and remains a greenhouse gardener.

He would go on to spend a decade as a national staff representative, and another ten years as president of CUPE 500 – representing 5,500 municipal workers in Winnipeg. His service to CUPE and the labour movement in his home province would continue as president of the provincial division of CUPE in Manitoba, and as a long-time executive member of the Manitoba Federation of Labour.

Nationally, Moist is vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress, and a governor of the Labour College of Canada. On the international stage, Moist is a vice-president for Public Services International – the global body for public sector unions.

Moist also has a long record of public service outside of CUPE. He’s served as vice-chair for the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation, co-chair of the Manitoba Premier’s Economic Activity Council, treasurer of the United Way of Winnipeg, director of the Misericordia Health Centre, and director of the Winnipeg Library Foundation. He sits on the Board of Directors of Manitoba Blue Cross and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE).

First elected in 2003, Moist is CUPE’s fifth national president and the first from Western Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, where he studied Canadian history and political science. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Marion.


Ken Georgetti’s career has taken him from pipefitter to president of the Canadian Labour Congress and from shop steward to start-up founder of labour-owned, multi-million dollar companies.

First elected at age 46 in May 1999 as the youngest president in the CLC’s history, Ken came from a family of union activists in Trail, BC.  During his 13 years as President of the British Columbia Federation of Labour, Ken earned a reputation for being innovative and outspoken while its membership more than doubled – from 218,000 in 1986 when he was elected to 450,000 members.

At both the CLC and the BC Federation of Labour, Ken has helped modernize the organizations, ensuring that labour was more representative of the face of the workforce, by actively promoting women, visible minorities and youth.

As CLC president, Ken holds key positions with a number of important international organizations, including the International Trade Union Confederation [ITUC], where he chairs the ITUC Committee on Workers’ Capital. He is a member of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD].

In Canada, Ken has founded the Shareholder Association for Research and Education – SHARE – which advocates for shareholder action, and the Columbia Institute – which fosters innovative community leadership and research.

Ken is also committed to social causes, such as promoting adult literacy, fighting child labour and supporting the United Way.

Ken’s contributions to labour and the community have earned him the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.