The National Executive is the highest authority
of the National Union between conventions. It carries out the
instructions of the convention. It conducts the affairs of the
National Union. With the Constitution as its guide, it shall take
all action necessary to carry out the aims and objectives of this
The COPE National Executive is composed of:
David Black – National President
Kateri Lefebvre – National Secretary-Treasurer
Chantal Dumoulin, Vice President,
Valerie Roberts-Francis – Vice President, Region 2
Kim Wilson – Vice President, Region 3
Gwenne Farrell – Vice President – Region 4
Patty Clancy – Vice President, Seat Reserved for
Pierre Gingras is Legal Counsel for
David Black, National President
David was elected as president of COPE SEPB in June of 2016. He also serves as president of MoveUP (Local 378 of COPE SEPB). He began as a MoveUP’s table officer after becoming vice-president for the ICBC group in 2005. Prior to that, David sat on the MoveUP executive board since he was appointed by the executive council in 2001.
Before being elected as COPE-SEPB president, he also served on the COPE SEPB national executive as Vice-President for Region 4.
David first became a member of MoveUP working at ICBC Head Office in 1995. His current workplace of record is the ICBC 5th and Cambie Claims Centre in Vancouver.
In addition to MoveUP committees, David also sits on the BC Federation of Labour Political Action Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Communities Initiative. He formerly sat on the Canadian Labour Congress Political Action Committee and was a delegate to the Vancouver and District Labour Council.
David is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Lower Mainland and in 2012 was awarded the UWLM’s Joe Morris Labour Community Service Award.
In the past David has sat on the Board of Directors for both the Vancouver Foundation and the Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women.
David lives in New Westminster with his wife Maya Russell and their three daughters Kate, Maggie and Rebecca.
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Kateri Lefebvre, National Secretary-Treasurer
Kateri Lefebvre earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and was hired as union rep. by SEPB in September of 1985.
During her years with SEPB she has conducted negotiations as Chief Bargaining officer for various groups, mainly professionals such as lawyers, architects and engineers in the public and health sectors, the financial and banking sector, at the municipal level and in the private sector.
She is currently steering the SEPB-Québec Women’s Committee and sits as member on the Information Committee of the Quebec Federation of Labour.
On March 17, 2014 she was appointed SEPB-Québec Assistant Executive Director. This is the first time in the history of SEPB in Québec since its foundation in 1945 that a woman assumes a leadership role.
On June 19, 2016 she was elected National Secretary-Treasurer of COPE SEPB.
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Chantal Dumoulin, Vice President, Region
Chantal has been a member of Local 463 for more than 30 years.
She began her involvement with the union as a social delegate and
union steward. In 1992 she was elected to the Executive Board of
her Local union and as a bargaining committee member. She was
President of the Local from 2000 to 2012.
Actively involved in the labour movement, Chantal has served as
delegate to the General Council, member of the Executive Committee
and member of the Women’s Committee, and member on the Executive
Committee of the FTQ Metropolitan Montreal Regional Council. She
also represented our union on the Environment and Women’s
Committees of the FTQ. She also sat on the Eastern Canada Council
Executive Board and was a Regional Officer on the Canadian
Consultative Committee which later became the National Committee of
Since 2000 Chantal has been representing SEPB-Québec at the FTQ
General Council and has more recently become a member on the
mobilization and education committee of the FTQ. She is presently
the President of SEPB-Québec and currently sits as Vice President
for Region 1 on the National Executive.
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Valerie Roberts-Francis, Vice President, Region
Kim Wilson, Vice President, Region
As a new employee of SGI I became a member of OPEIU on August
19, 1991. In June of 2004 our union broke away from OPEIU and
proudly formed the COPE National Union. Our new local was COPE 397.
While working at SGI I was active with the Union and served as a
Shop Steward for 16 plus years advocating for the members. I was
promoting thru the ranks at SGI and became an Out-of-Province Auto
Adjuster. While in this position my desire to be more active with
the Union grew.
I attended The National Convention in 2010 as a spectator and then
as a delegate to the Mid-Term Conference in Ottawa. In September of
2012 I became a Trustee on the Executive Board and a Provincial
Council Member. I was also chair of the Women’s Committee during
this time. It was while attending the National Convention in
Winnipeg in 2013 my desire and commitment to the Union grew and I
decided that I was going to run for President of COPE Local 397. I
was honored to be officially elected as President of COPE Local 397
on December 4, 2013.
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Gwenne Farrell, Vice President, Region
An economist, financial analyst, and longtime union activist,
Gwenne Farrell was acclaimed as COPE-SEPB national
Secretary-Treasurer at the union’s national convention in June,
As the Vice President representing the BC Hydro Groups of COPE
Local 378, Gwenne is the primary political and union representative
for over 3,000 workers in the British Columbia energy sector.
Gwenne has been a member of COPE-SEPB since starting with BC
Hydro, the province’s provincially-owned utility, in 1990 as a
customer service accounts representative. She quickly rose through
BC Hydro financial departments, becoming a senior Financial Analyst
Gwenne comes to COPE-SEPB with a strong labour background. She
has a degree in economics with a focus on labour economics, from
Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She was elected
Vice-President of Local 378 in 2005, and previously served as a
COPE 378 Executive Councillor and a Job Steward. As Vice President,
Gwenne is also the spokesperson for Local 378’s flagship Take Back
the Power campaign, the leading voice fighting energy privatization
Gwenne chairs a number of internal committees at COPE 378 and
also sits on the Inaugural Executive Council of the Fraser Valley
Labour Council, and on the Canadian Labour Congress’ Energy Task
In addition to her labour activism, Gwenne also volunteers
extensively in the community. She sits on the BC Elks Association
Finance Committee, the Economic and Energy Policy Committee of the
BC-NDP, the Board of Directors of BC Citizens for Public Power, is
a Trustee of HYDRECS, and is on the United Way of the Lower
Mainland’s Campaign Labour Committee. She is also the Treasurer of
the White Rock Players Club and sits on the City of White Rock Arts
and Culture Committee.
Gwenne lives in White Rock, BC with her husband, Tom.
Patty Clancy, Vice President, Seat
Patty has been a member of Local 343 for more than 25 years. She
worked for approximately 6 years at the Toronto Labour Council.
During that time Patty was elected as a member-at-large on the
Local 343 Executive Board and subsequently served as President of
Local 343 for 2 terms of office. She became a full-time
representative for Local 343 in 1987. Patty is currently a staff
representative with COPE Ontario. Patty has represented her union
at various levels of the labour movement, including 4 terms on the
Toronto Labour Council Executive, OFL Women’s Committee, Toronto
Labour Council Women’s Committee, various Local 343 committees, as
a Regional Representative on the National Committee of COPE and she
currently sits on the National Executive Board as the Vice
President, Seat Reserved for Women.
Pierre Gingras was called to the Quebec Bar in 1975. He first
went into private practice specializing in civil, business and
He later joined the litigation department of the Consumer
Protection Bureau of Quebec, a government agency, where he acted as
Pierre Gingras became involved with the labour movement when in
1977 he joined the legal staff of the Service Employees’ Union,
Local 298 (QFL).
He was hired as lawyer by OPEIU Local 57 in June of 1982. In
2004, he was appointed Assistant Director and Person-in-Charge of
the legal services of SEPB-Québec.
Pierre Gingras also sits on the Canadian Labour Congress where
he participates in organizing forums and national conferences. He
has often been a speaker at various conferences on labour and human
rights related issues.
He was invited to join the CLC delegation in his capacity of
legal counsel and take part in the United Nations World Conference
against Racism that was held in Durban, South Africa in June
Upon the formation of COPE SEPB Pierre Gingras was appointed
Legal Counsel to the National Executive.