Who We Are

A core tenet of CUPE 503’s mission is to advocate for the vital services that keep our families safe and make our community strong. Just as we strive for fairness in negotiations – we also strive for fairness in our community and in the halls of government. With a history dating back more than 50 years in the Capital area, CUPE 503 members provide services that keep Ottawa up and running.

Executive Board

  • James Watson President
    July 2019 - Present

    James moved to the position of President in July 2019 after serving as Vice-President since 2008. James previously served as a City of Ottawa 40-Hour Wage representative on the 503 Executive Council since 2005.  James previously served as the Health & Safety Coordinator for the Local. Currently James sits on the CUPE Ontario OMERS Pension Reference Group as a CUPE 503 representative.

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  • CARRIE LYNN POOLE-COTNAM Secretary-Treasurer
    February 2013 - Present

    Carrie Lynn was elected to the position of Secretary Treasurer in February 2013 after serving as one of the 35 Hour-Salary City of Ottawa representatives on the 503 Executive Council since 2005. Carrie Lynn also serves as the CUPE Ontario Social Services Sector Chair, a position she has held since 2008 and CUPE National Sector Co-Chair for Social Services since 2011.

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  • Wil Kelly Vice President
    July 2019 - Present

    Wil was elected to the position CUPE 503 Vice President as of July 2019. Previously serving as a City of Ottawa 40-Hour Wage representative. Prior to moving to the role of Vice-President, Wil served as the CUPE Local 503 Health & Safety Coordinator since 2008. Wil is a CUPE National Union Education Member Facilitator and shares his passion for engaging members in their union.

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  • JOAN KEITH Recording Secretary
    2005 - Present

    Joan has been a CUPE 503 Executive Board member since 2005, when she was elected to the position of Recording Secretary. Joan has been a member of the Executive since 1993 previously serving as the Ottawa Public Library Representative. She currently serves on the Communications, Political Action, Job Evaluation, and Collective Bargaining Committee for the Ottawa Public Library.

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Executive Council Members

Barbara Brannen – City of Ottawa 35 Hour Salary Representative
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  • (35-Hour Salary Representative)
    Barbara has been a Council Member since 2007, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and understanding of City workers and workplaces as a CUPE member since 1986
  • Barbara has been an active Shop Steward since 2007 and a Certified Health and Safety Committee member
  • She is a member of the CUPE 503 Job Evaluation, Grievance and Negotiations Committees
Drew Carmichael – City of Ottawa 35 Hour Salary Representative
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(35-Hour Salary Representative)

  • Drew has served on the CUPE 503 Executive Council since 2013 representing 35-Hour Salary members
  • Drew has been a CUPE 503 member since 1991, and comes from the Social Services Department.
  • Shop Steward since 1994, and is the Worker Co-Chair of the Joint Health & Safety Committee in his workplace
  • Drew serves as a Negotiations Committee member.
Patrick Huff – City of Ottawa 35 Hour Salary Representative
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(35 Hour Salary Representative)

  • Patrick is a CUPE 503 member working in the City of Ottawa Social Services department since 2016.
  • Patrick previously worked Part-Time in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department since 2011.
  • He became a shop steward in 2013 and a member of the Executive in 2014.
  • Patrick has been a social activist for many years and has assisted Local 503 with several organizing drives.
Ana Bettencourt-Da Silva – City of Ottawa 37.5 Hour Salary Representative
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(37.5 Hour Salary Representative)

  • In July 2019, Ana moved into the CUPE 503 Health & Safety Coordinator position.
  • On Council, Ana has represented the 37.5-hour salary members since 1999.
  • Ana has been a member of the Union since 1990.
  • Ana currently serves on several committees: Health and Safety, Job Evaluation, and Negotiations Committees.
Guy Bernard – City of Ottawa 40 Hour Wage Representative
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(40-Hour Wage Members)

  • Guy has been an active Shop Steward with CUPE 503 since 2010 and began his term on Council in 2016
  • Guy currently works for the City of Ottawa in the Parks, Buildings and Grounds Department but previously worked in the Water Department at Clyde Ave
  • Guy currently serves on the Master Assignment Board Committee.
Kevin Richter – City of Ottawa 40 Hour Wage Representative
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(City of Ottawa 40-Hour Wage Representative.)

Kevin currently serves as a 40—Hour Wage Representative for the City of Ottawa bargaining unit. Kevin became active with CUPE 503 by completing his Shop Steward training in June 2016 and then joined the Executive Council in October 2019. Kevin is passionate about health and safety and serves on his workplace Joint Health & Safety Committee in the Traffic Department as a certified member.

Ryan Tooley – City of Ottawa 40 Hour Wage Representative
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(40 Hour Wage Representative.)

Ryan began his career with the City of Ottawa as an Electrician in January 2012. Ryan became involved with CUPE 503 as a Shop Steward in May 2014 and became a member of the Executive Council in 2018.

Stuart Grant – City of Ottawa 40/42 Hour Salary Representative
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(40/42 Hour Salary Representative)

  • Stuart was elected to Council in 2011 representing members who are other than full-time but most recently moved into the 40/42 Hour Salary Representative.
  • An Active Shop Steward since 2004 he brings much experience representing members as a CUPE 503 member since 1987
  • Stuart is a member of the Human Rights and Negotiations Committees and also served as a Trustee
  • Stuart has completed the CUPE National Rep Trainee program as well as the Ombudsperson course
Norm Robillard – City of Ottawa 40/42 Hour Salary Representative
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(40-42 Hour Salary Representative)

  • Norm became a member of the Executive in April 2019.
  • He is currently the lead shop steward for the Ottawa Paramedic Service.
Vacant – City of Ottawa Other Than Full-Time Representative
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(Other than Full-Time Representative)

  • This position represents other than full-time members from the City of Ottawa on the CUPE 503 Executive Council.
Brett Geneau – Champlain Local Health Integrated Network Representative
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(Champlain Local Health Integration Network Representative.)

Brett comes from the Cornwall Office of the Champlain Local Integration Network. Brett has been active with CUPE 503 since 2014 when he completed the Shop Steward program and later joined the Executive Council in February 2020. Brett has served on both the Champlain LHIN Local Negotiations Team and the Central Table with members from across the province.

Wayne Chevrier – Ottawa Humane Society Representative
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(Ottawa Humane Society Representative)

  • Wayne became a member of the Executive in 2002 representing Ottawa Humane Society members
  • Wayne has worked with the Humane Society since 1988. He serves as lead shop steward for the Humane Society employees and he is also a member of its Bargaining committee
  • Wayne currently sits on the By-Laws, Equal Rights/Pay Equity/Human Rights, Grievance, and Political Action committees
James Elias – Ottawa Community Housing Representative
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(Community Housing representative.)

  • James Elias joined the Executive Council in September 2016 as the Ottawa Community Housing representative.
  • James has served as a Shop Steward in his workplace since June 2014.
  • James has also served a member of the Negotiations team with Ottawa Community Housing for 2 rounds.
Pierre Pean – Ottawa Public Library Representative
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(Ottawa Public Library Representative)

  • Pierre has been an active Shop Steward with in the Ottawa Public Library since 2009 and began his term on Council l in 2016
  • Pierre serves on the Ottawa Public Library Bargaining Team
Carole Giroux – Collective Agreements with Less than 200 Members Representative
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(Representative for Collective Agreements with Less than 200 Members.)

Carole comes from  the City of Clarence Rockland bargaining unit representing just under 100 members in that small municipality. Carole has served as a CUPE 503 Shop Steward since June 2016 and began serving on the Executive Council in July 2019 as the first representative for the category of Collective Agreements with Less than 200 Members. Carole is also trained as a Job Evaluation rater for her workplace.

Vacant – Retiree Representative
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(Retiree Representative)

  • The Retiree representative seat on the Executive Council has voice but no vote to advance the issues and concerns of CUPE 503 retiree members.

Trustees

  • Chad Dashnay
    Chad Dashnay

    Chad is an active Local 503 Shop Steward from the City of Ottawa, working in Long Term Care. Chad was first elected as a Trustee in May 2017.

  • Monique Parkman
    Monique Parkman

    A Shop Steward from the CUPE 503 Ottawa Community Housing unit, Monique joins us as a Trustee as of July 2019.

  • Joanne Madsen
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    Joanne began her term as a Trustee for CUPE 503 effective June 1st 2017. Joanne has been a long time Shop Steward for CUPE 503 coming out of the City of Ottawa Public Health department

Local Staff & CUPE National Staff Assigned

CUPE 503’s membership is served by a dedicated staff team directly employed by the Union as well as CUPE National representatives. Please feel free to contact the office at 613-230-2456 to be directed to the representative who currently services your workplace.

Ray Dinelle – Senior Labour Representative

In 2002, Ray retired from the position of Buyer at the City of Ottawa, with 28 years of service. He was subsequently hired as a Labour Representative for the Local.
In 1974, Ray was hired as a storeman with the Board of Health. From 1975 to 1983, he was a shop steward and served on the Bargaining Committee. In 1983, he was elected to Council as a representative for 35-hour salary members. From 1985 to 1999, Ray served as secretary-treasurer.
Ray is credited with many accomplishments over the years: Job Evaluation Plan (RMOC); a computerized financial system; and, annual budgets. He served as an Executive member of the Ontario Division of CUPE; he helped to purchase the Local’s first building on Concord Street; he helped to unite labour groups under the Local’s banner; and, he served on the negotiating team for the first contract in the “new” City of Ottawa.

Dave Gardner – Senior Labour Representative
Lucien Cléroux – Labour Representative

In December 2008, Lucien was hired as a grievance officer. Lucien joined Council in 2005. A two-term president of Local 2617 with the former City of Cumberland outside workers, Lucien became active with Local 503 during Amalgamation. Lucien worked in Surface Operations with the City from 2001 to 2008. He served on the Grievance, By-Laws, Health and Safety, Education, Equal Rights/Pay Equity/Human Rights, and Master Assignment Board committees. He was chairperson of the Grievance Committee from 2005 to 2007.

JC Frechette – Grievance Officer

JC joined CUPE 503 as a Grievance Officer in 2017.  JC was elected to the Executive Council in 2013.  He has worked in Roads, in the Public Works Department since 2003, and became a shop steward in 2009.  JC served on the Master Assignment Board, Health and safety, Educations, Political Action Committees and was an alternate on the Negotiations Committee.  He also previously served as a Trustee from 2011-2012.

 

Pierrette St-Louis – Grievance Officer

Pierrette joined CUPE 503 as a Grievance Officer in the fall of 2014. She previously served as the Ottawa Public Library representative on the CUPE 503 Executive Council, as well as Chair of the Grievance Committee and has experience as a Job Evaluation rater and in Pay Equity.

Erin Smith – WSIB Officer

Erin joined our team in the spring of 2003. She started as our Receptionist, then became our Administration Records & Database Coordinator. Erin then transitioned to the Administrative Assistant for Worker’s Compensation Services, and in the fall of 2019 moved into the WSIB Officer position.

Tammy Stafford – Executive Assistant

Tammy started as staff with CUPE 503 in April 2016. Tammy is a former CUPE 503 member and Executive Council representative from Ottawa Community Housing from 2007 to 2016.

 

Heather Duff – Administrative Records & Database Coordinator

Heather joined the staff compliment at CUPE 503 in November 2019. Heather previously served as the Champlain Local Health Integrated Network Representative on the Executive Council from 2011-2019 and was an active Shop Steward and Health and Safety representative since 2003.

Susan Arab – CUPE National Representative

Susan is a CUPE National Representative assigned to work with CUPE Local 503 and CUPE Local 5500. She works directly with the Local’s executive, staff, and members.

Allison Reilly – CUPE National Representative

Allison is a CUPE National Representative assigned to work with CUPE Local 503. She works directly with the Local’s executive, staff, and members.

Amy Hammett – CUPE National Representative

Amy is a bilingual national representative assigned by CUPE to work with Local 503.