2016-06-01-FRED HAHN

Fred Hahn

A social worker raised in rural Ontario, Fred became active in CUPE in 1991, joining the staff of Community Living Toronto as an advocate for children with developmental disabilities.

As a local union activist, Fred was a steward, a health and safety activist, and a pay equity and contract negotiator. After being elected President of CUPE Local 2191, Fred led his local through a successful three-month strike that beat back a long list of concessions.

Elected to the CUPE Ontario Executive Board in 1998, Fred has served on numerous provincial and national CUPE committees, including the National Pink Triangle Committee and the Provincial Social Service Workers’ Coordinating Committee. He was elected CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer in 2006, leading the union through the adoption of a progressive, percentage-based dues model. In 2010, Fred made history when he was elected President of CUPE Ontario, the first LGBTQ person elected to lead the province’s largest union.

Fred is also a General Vice-president on CUPE’s National Executive Board and a Vice-President of the Ontario Federation of Labour.

Candace Rennick

Candace Rennick

Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Candace Rennick has been a member of CUPE since she began working at a local Long-Term Care facility when she was 16 years old.

Becoming a local union steward and bargaining committee member at the age of 19, Candace was elected the President of CUPE Local 2280 at 22, a position she held for seven years. Candace was first elected to the CUPE Ontario Executive Board in 2002, where she served four terms as a Vice-President.

In 2010, Candace made history when she was elected Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario, the province’s largest union, becoming the first woman and the youngest person ever elected to the position.

Candace is also a Regional Vice-President on the CUPE National Executive Board, a position she has held since 2003. During her time on the CUPE National Executive Board, Candace has served on a number of national committees, as well as representing CUPE internationally with the union’s global partner, the Public Services International.