Two IAM Canadian Sisters honoured at the 2019 IAM Women’s Conference

Two IAM Canadian Sisters honoured at the 2019 IAM Women’s Conference

Las Vegas, NV – Two IAM Canadian sisters were honoured at the 2019 IAM Women’s Conference concluded
over the weekend.

The 2019 Women’s Conference, titled Women Rising Unite the Fight, featured t-shirts bearing the winning
design of IAM Local Lodge 2797 President and Communicator, Roswita Hildebrandt. The design, featuring
words of empowerment within a solidarity fist, was selected by a panel of independent judges.

Roswita has been a union activist for 20 years. She began her union career as a member of the Nova Scotia
Government & Employees Union (NSGEU), Local 77 while working for Dalhousie University as an administrative
secretary in the Centre for Learning and Teaching. Roswita held positions on various committees and spent
three two-year terms as president of the local. Currently, Roswita works for NSGEU and holds the position of
communications secretary. The staff at the NSGEU joined the IAM in 2016. That same year Roswita was
appointed Communicator of Local Lodge 2797. Roswita was elected Vice President of her local in 2017 and
after the resignation of the President in January 2018, Roswita assumed the role. Her first action as president
was to establish a women’s committee. The committee has been outstanding in their service to the local and
the community.

“Roswita is a strong leader for Sisters in the IAM as well as her membership at large,” said IAM Canadian General
Vice President Stan Pickthall. “As a Union advocate in her workplace at the Nova Scotia Government Employees
Union (NSGEU), as well as the President of her IAM Local Lodge, Roswita brings a great deal of experience and
background in representing Canadian workers.”

Tania Cannif, IAM Transportation District Lodge 140 General Chairperson, is the recipient of the 2019 Excellence
in Leadership Award. Tania is a 30-year member of IAM Local Lodge 764 in Vancouver, and has been active within
our Union for 29 of those years. Tania began her career with Canadian Airlines in 1988. She was elected shop
steward the following year, and rose to the challenge of many leadership positions in the ensuing years.

She has served as chief shop steward, bargaining committee representative, Local 764 president, and District 140
vice-president. In her current role as a general chairperson of District 140, Tania is a strong and well-respected
leader who is dedicated to the work of the IAM and to improving the lives of our members within her jurisdiction
and across Canada. Tania serves as the IAM’s elected delegate to the Canadian Labour Congress, a position she
has held for the past eight years. Tania is a highly skilled negotiator and proudly dedicated trade unionist and
advocate for human rights, equity, and equality. She is an inspiration for many of the Sisters who are now rising
to follow her leadership.

“Tania is a true Journeyperson… I am proud to call her my Sister!,” said Pickthall. “On behalf of all Canadian IAM
members, we can think of no-one better to be presented with this honour!”

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