Meet the Board of Directors for the Canadian Labour International Film Festival

Abbas Syed

Is a retired accountant and a community and social justice activist. Abbas’ favorite labour film: Radical Wollongong.

Anna Liu

Is a union organizer in Toronto. She is an active member of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance and has been an activist for almost 20 years. Anna got her start in labour activism when she was an undergraduate student and was properly bitten by the union bug when she got her first union card. Anna’s favourite labour film is: Pride.

Deedee Slye

Is a Communications Represenative with the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU) and is based in Halifax.

Frank Saptel

Is the national communications trainer with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) in Canada. Frank is involved in trade union activism, as well as human rights and social justice. He is also a Board member of the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) and Our Times Magazine. Frank is the founder of CLiFF. Frank’s favourite labour film: Philosopher Kings.

Lorene Oikawa

Is an activist who speaks and writes on a range of topics including women in leadership, human rights, migrant workers, social media, and labour history. She is the president of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association and a director on the board of West Coast Environmental Law. She is also the founder of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance in BC. Lorene participated in CLiFF’s inaugural year as the CLiFF Coordinator organizing venues throughout BC. Lorene is a fourth generation British Columbian whose family migrated from Japan in the 1800’s and 1906. Lorene’s favourite labour film: Working People: A History of Labour in British Columbia.

Michelle LeBlanc

Is a union organizer currently working for the Society of United Professionals in Toronto, Ontario. Michelle is a transplanted East Coaster who has had the privilege of working with teams all over the country during her career as an organizer in both the student and labour movements. Michelle’s favourite labour film: Norma Rae.

Navjeet Sidhu

Currently works as a researcher with Unifor. Previously, he worked as a researcher with Workers United and as a researcher and policy analyst with Social Planning Toronto where he authored publications on issues relating to labour, income security, and immigration. He has also been involved in a number of grassroots advocacy initiatives including the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, Solidarity City Network, and the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change. Nav’s favorite labour film: Office Space.

Scott MacDonald

Is a member of United Steel Workers and currently works for the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Originally from Nova Scotia, Scott has enjoyed living all across Canada- from the east to the west. Moving to Edmonton to obtain a Master of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies degree from the University of Alberta, he remained to continue his work as a post-secondary International Student Advisor. After being actively involved in the arts community in Edmonton as a contributor to Programa Nosotros, program coordinator for the El Mundo al Revés Latin American Film Festival, and board member of the Global Visions Film Festival, he has set out to explore life in Toronto. His filmmaking debut was STAPLED- a project which grew from his personal involvement in Alberta’s street poster scene. Scott’s favourite labour film: The Garden.

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