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Board of Directors

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

Carol Wall

Carol Wall is a long time community activist and trade unionist and has held various positions with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Communications, Energy and Paperworker’s Union (formerly CEP, now Unifor).  Carol is a co-author of the book “Education for ChangingUnions”published in 2002 that won “Best Book Related to the Field of Labor Education” from the United Association for Labor Education (UALE). She is a proud member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada (CBTU). Retirement has afforded her time to join the Board of CLIFF as she loves labour films and documentaries.

Aminah Sheikh

Aminah Sheikh is a Canadian labour and community organizer. Her work is aimed at strengthening inter-worker solidarity and building workers’ power globally. She is currently an Organizer with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. Aminah worked at the Service Employees International Union, where she worked on the ‘Justice for Janitors’ campaign. She continues to fight with her community on the ‘Fight for 15 and Fairness’ campaign. She has organized extensively within the Muslim community in Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at York University in Gender Studies and her Masters in Gender and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  

Fathima Cader

Fathima Cader is a Toronto-based writer and labour lawyer, with a particular interest in prisoner rights. Her essays, creative non-fiction, and poetry have been published in The New Inquiry, Hazlitt, Apogee, and elsewhere. In 2019, she is a Visiting Professor at the City University of New York. In 2020, she will serve as a McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She is interested in exploring the relationship between law, art, and critique to support grassroots mass movements for social change.

Chandra-Li Paul

Chandra-Li is a former Business Agent of IATSE Local 411, a film and television workers union which she is a founding member of. Prior to working in the union office, she worked as a Production Coordinator on film and television productions for such companies as Lions Gate Entertainment, Lifetime Television, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, CBS, National Geographic, Miramax, NBC Studios, Fox Broadcasting, ABC, etc. She now works for the Ontario Federation of Labour doing political campaigns and human rights and labour rights advocacy and activism, fighting for justice everywhere.

Derek Blackadder

Derek is a retired trade union official, the Canadian Co-ordinator for LabourStart, writes the Webwork column for Our Times magazine and is a regular contributor to the Canadian and global editions of RadioLabour. He is Co-Chair of the Northumberland Coalition for Social Justice and volunteers with several social justice and film-related organizations in Cobourg Ontario.

Abbas Syed

Is a retired accountant and a community and social justice activist.

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.

Deedee Slye

Deedee Slye is a Communications Officer at the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has her Masters in Film Production and an undergraduate degree in Cinema Studies and Anthropology. She is passionate about film & video making and telling stories about our collective and individual struggles for equality and justice in the workplace and in our communities. There is much work to be done.

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  Our Times Magazine, Toronto Workers’ History Project and the Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians. Frank is the founder of CLiFF.

Lorene Oikawa

Lorene Oikawa is an activist who speaks and writes about her passions including human rights. She is co-editor of the book, Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence. She is the president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC). She is a director on the board of West Coast Environmental Law. She was the first Asian Canadian Executive Vice President for the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). Lorene started volunteering for CLiFF in its inaugural year organizing screenings throughout BC. Lorene is a fourth generation British Columbian whose family migrated from Japan in the 1800’s and 1906.

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.

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