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Christopher Smillie

Senior Advisor, Government Relations and Public Affairs Canadian Building Trades

Chris Smillie’s current role is Senior Advisor -- Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Canadian Office, also known as the Canadian Building Trades. The Canadian Building Trades represents more than 550,000 skilled tradespeople in 15 trades in every province and territory.

Chris is responsible for government relations and legislative affairs with the Government of Canada in Ottawa, On. Chris interacts with Members of Parliament and various federal government departments on national issues affecting our industry. Chris works for and with the affiliated construction trades to deliver a united message in Ottawa for our membership in Canada.

Chris attended and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London,ON and holds an honours Political Science degree. His interests range from golf to mountain biking, economics to travel and is an avid hockey fan.

Chris is originally from Oakville, ON and has lived in a number of cities including Calgary, AB, Burlington, ON and now resides in Ottawa, ON with his daughter Aislynn. Chris worked for the Royal Bank of Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada for a number of years as a relationship manager and commercial lender. BIO