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Leadership

James Lawson is UFAWU-Unifor’s current elected President. James is an active fishermen and works as a skipper in salmon seine, herring, prawn and geoduck fisheries. James is elected to the Area A and B seine Harvest Committees. He has been an outspoken advocate on social issues in fisheries on the B.C. coast for many years.

James Lawson

President
Kyle Louis UFAWU-Unifor’s current elected vice president. He is a 4th generation commercial fisherman. Owner operator that fishes Gillnet prawn crab and herring. Kyle has spent a lot of time speaking up on behalf of fisherman regarding our issues. Also sits on the board of directors for IMAWG.

Kyle Louis

Vice President
Guy Johnston is UFAWU-Unifor’s current elected Secretary-Treasurer. Guy fishes by trap for prawns and shrimp, while using hook and line to catch salmon, rockfish, and lingcod. Guy is elected to the Area H troll Harvest Committee and sits on the Prawn Industry Caucus. Guy has been involved with UFAWU-Unifor for many years.

Guy Johnston

Secretary Treasurer
Richard Michelson is a 4th generation fisherman running a salmon seiner. Richard owns a prawner and herring punt and take part in the gulf herring dive spawn survey. Richard represents seine fishermen on the GEB

Richard Michelson

GEB Member
Kim Olsen sits on the UFAWU-Unifor General Executive Board for GN Area C and is also elected to the Area C Harvest Committee. Kim is also a UFAWU-Unifor past president

Kim Olsen

GEB Member
Brian Hamiguchi sits on the UFAWU-Unifor General Executive Board for South/Shore.

Brian Hamiguchi

GEB Member
John (Barry) Crow is a gillnet fisherman and is elected to the Area D and E gillnet Harvest Committees. Barry sits on the UFAWU-Unifor General Executive Board for GN Area D.

John (Barry) Crow

GEB Member
Bob Burkosky is a ling cod and salmon gillnet fish harvester. Bob is elected to the Area C Harvest Committee and sits on the UFAWU-Unifor General Executive Board for Ling Cod.

Bob Burkosky

GEB Member
Jory Tarkanan sits on the UFAWU-Unifor General Executive Board for the halibut longline fisheries

Jory Tarkanan

GEB Member
Calvin Siider is a member of the Area D Gillnet Harvest Committee and also fishes prawns, halibut and herring. He sits on the UFAWU-Unifor General Executive Board to represent Herring fishermen.

Calvin Siider

GEB Member
Russell Cameron is appointed by the Union as our representative on the Halibut Advisory Board. He is also involved in the roe herring fishery. Russel sits on the UFAWU-Unifor General Executive Board representing Halibut Longline fisheries.

Russell Cameron

GEB Member
Joy Thorkelson is UFAWU-Unifor’s Northern Rep. Joy entered the industry as a shoreworker in 1974. She has worked for UFAWU-Unifor since 1979 in the roles of northern organizer, representative, and is the UFAWU-Unifor past president.

Joy Thorkelson

GEB Member

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