John Cartwright is the President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, representing 220,000 union members in Canada’s largest urban centre. A carpenter by trade, John has served on a number of public board, is the National Chair of the Council of Canadians and Vice-Chair of United Way of Greater Toronto, and co-chair of the Toronto Community Benefits Network, focused on winning community benefits and equity hiring on major infrastructure projects.
Over the years he has helped develop the Campaign for Public Education, Public Transit for the Public Good, Toronto Waterwatch and Toronto Hydro campaigns to defend vital public services in Toronto. John has been deeply involved apprenticeship and training issues, as well as crafting the “Green Jobs Strategy” for the Canadian Labour Congress. He recently authored the Greenprint for Greater Toronto, a plan for climate action in every sector of the economy.
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