From an early age, Marie Clarke Walker has fought for equality and social justice. She is proud to follow in the footsteps of her mother, a retired trade union activist and feminist and her father, a lawyer who has represented workers all his life. This exposure informed her working life and has resulted in a career spanning four decades of breaking boundaries and fighting injustice.
Marie is a published author, Vice-President (Labour) of a national political party, and is the first racialized woman to hold the position of Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).
As both the first racialized woman to be elected Executive Vice-President and the youngest officer in CLC history, Marie served as Executive Vice-President for five terms before being elected Secretary-Treasurer in 2017.
Alongside her work in Canada, Marie has served as a Deputy Member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and is currently a Titular Member on the ILO Governing Body. In 2017, she served as Vice-President (Workers) of their annual conference and most recently as the Worker Vice-Chair, she helped to negotiate the historic Convention and Recommendation on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.
Family and community are central to Marie’s life. As the proud mother of two sons, she is a dedicated “femtor” and a staunch believer that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace.
In this panel, the current and past Chairs of the World Congress International Organizing Committee will join together with social partners to explore the premise that a strong culture of prevention has supported the ability of workplaces to respond effectively to COVID-19. Through the lens of those sectors that were deemed “essential”, the panel will explore what role a culture of prevention played in responding to the COVID-19 emergency, and what new lessons this experience offers about the importance of a prevention culture to occupational health and safety globally.
Mr. John Beckett, Vice-President of Operations, British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, Canada
Ms. Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress, Canada
Prof. Dr. Walter Eichendorf, Past Chair, International Organizing Committee, XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Germany
Er. Ho Siong Hin, Past Chair, International Organizing Committee, XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Singapore
Prof. Dr. Cameron Mustard, President, Institute for Work & Health and Chair, International Organizing Committee, XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, Canada
Ms. Elizabeth Witmer, Chair, Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Canada
Ms. Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Canada
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