Irene Lanzinger

Irene Lanzinger

Former President, BC Federation of Labour

Irene has a long history as a strong leader in the labour movement and is deeply committed to advancing equality, protecting vulnerable workers, and strengthening workplace safety. Irene was the first woman to be elected as President of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) and held that position from November 2014 up to her recent retirement in the fall of 2018. Prior to being elected President, she served as Secretary-Treasurer for the BCFED from 2010 – 2014.

Irene began her career as a secondary science and math teacher in Abbotsford. In 2000, Irene became chief negotiator for the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), bargaining on behalf of 41,000 members province-wide. She was elected Vice-President of the BCTF in 2002 and President in 2007.

While Irene plays a strong role within the Canadian labour movement, she has also broadened her union work to the international scene. She joined solidarity delegations to Namibia and across Latin America, including Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Columbia.



Sessions with this Speaker

Realizing a Just Transition in the Climate Crisis: Who, What, and How?

  • Climate Crisis
  • Sustainability as Strategy
An increasing number of actors, Canadian and international, are reaffirming their commitment to meeting the Paris Agreement, focusing on an inclusive approach to climate action and the economy.

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Irene Lanzinger Former President, BC Federation of Labour
Charlotte Breen Head, Green Economy and Innovation, C40 Cities
George Benson Sector Manager, Built Environment, Vancouver Economic Commission
Susan McGeachie Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Hatch
Anne-Beth Skrede Advisor, LO, Landsorganisasjonen i Norge