IATSE Director of Canadian Affairs John M. Lewis has been elected International Vice President of the Alliance. By unanimous vote of the IA General Executive Board on Oct. 21, Lewis fills the vacancy created by the resignation of International VP Mimi Wolch.
Lewis, who was appointed IA Director of Canadian Affairs effective Sept. 16, 2002, served as Vice Chair to the Ontario Labour Relations Board before he joined the IA. An honors graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, with a concentration in Finance, the Montreal-born Lewis also graduated Osgoode Hall Law School, Ontario.
Early in his legal career, Lewis represented a number of trade unions and provided assistance in the negotiation of various collective agreements. He served as the General Counsel and Business Manager for Local No. 675, Drywall, Acoustic, Lathing and Insulation Workers for approximately five years. In addition, Lewis sat as a private mediator and arbitrator when jointly requested by parties to a dispute. Lewis also practiced union side labour law in Toronto with Jesin and Watson.