Siobhán Vipond was first elected Secretary Treasurer of the AFL at its 2013 convention. A committed trade unionist, Vipond is a tireless advocate on occupational health and safety, women's equality and the importance of workers' voices at all levels of government and industry. In her pursuit of social justice and workers' rights, Vipond has worked as the long-time coordinator of the AFL/CLC Annual Winter School and director of the AFL Kids' Camp, passing shared values to the next generation. Under her leadership the AFL launched the Fair Start Campaign for Universal Early Childhood Education and Care in Alberta.
Siobhan is a passionate leader who believes in the power of collective action for the common good. She is a board member for the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre, Public Interest Alberta, the Workers’ Resource Centre and the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. She served as the Vice Chair on the Premier’s Advisory Committee on the Economy. Siobhan is also a strong advocate for the arts in Edmonton, and serves as a board member and Granting Programs Committee member of the Edmonton Community Foundation.
Prior to joining the AFL, Siobhan worked as a stage and film technician and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), where she served as Vice President and President of IATSE Local 210. She was elected as an officer of the International of the IATSE in 2017. Siobhan is an alumni of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and the Cornell University Workers Institute’s National Labour Leaders Initiative.See all speakers