Tom Sigurdson has been called “tireless” and “formidable” by the Vancouver Sun’s Vaughn Palmer, but he takes the greatest pride in the less-than-flattering adjectives his critics use. It means he’s doing his job.
Sigurdson is the executive director of the BC Building Trades (1997-2003 and 2010- present). The council represents 28 local unions chartered by 13 international labour unions. There are approximately 40,000 highly skilled members in BC.
Tom is also the Editor-in-Chief of Tradetalk magazine, a quarterly publication for unionized constructionin B.C. He is a member of the Journal of Commerce editorial board, a director of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table and the First Nations Advisory Group and an executive member of the Premier’s LNG Working Group.
Before returning to the BC Building Trades in 2010, Tom worked for the Building and Construction Trades Department (ALF-CIO) at the Canadian Office in Ottawa (2003 – 2004) as the director of Political and Legislative.
Tom spent his early years in provincial politics in Alberta (1986-1993). He served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton Belmont. As a member of the Official Opposition, he had critic responsibilities for Manpower, Tourism, Education and Labour.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Victoria.
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