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Speaker


Buzz Hargrove

Former National President of Canadian Auto Workers Union

Why would a union leader speak about the state of Canada’s political, economic and social affairs? As the former national president of the Canadian Autoworkers Association, Buzz Hargrove shares his unique perspective about our nation with the hope of igniting debate about whether Canada is changing for the better, or for the worse. Whether speaking about political, economic, or social issues, or specifically about the labour movement, including on leadership and negotiation strategies, Hargrove is certain to provide his audiences with ideas that cannot―and should not―be disregarded.

Hargrove stepped down as the national president of the CAW in 2008, after serving three terms. He is currently serving as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management; is the co-host of BNN’s Buzz Cuts; and was recently appointed as Ombudsman to the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Hargrove co-authored an autobiography entitled, Labour of Love: The Fight to Create a More Humane Canada, with Wayne Skene, and is also the author of Laying On The Line.

In recognition of his many contributions to society, Brock University honoured Hargrove with a Doctorate of Laws degree in 1998. As well, he has received honourary doctorates from the University of Windsor, Wilfred Laurier University, and Ryerson University. Hargrove was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.


The Future of Our Country

Why would a union leader speak about the state of Canada’s political, economic and social affairs? Why would he train his gaze beyond his presumed area of expertise – the labour movement? The short answer is that he is gravely concerned about the direction in which his country is heading, and he’d like to spark broad debate about whether it’s changing for the better or the worse.

Buzz Hargrove communicates his concerns from his perspective as a trade unionist and a politically active citizen. The labour movement is not an alien, self-interested force, existing outside the mainstream of society, as some in the media like to depict it. It’s members are not merely “workers”. They send their kids to schools and universities. They line up to vote. They feel, like other Canadians, the impact of the governments’ increasingly right-wing political agendas. They see first-hand the hold that corporations have gained over the country’s political leadership.

Buzz Hargrove is speaking out because he fears that corporate interests are eroding the very basis of democracy in this country, and he’s not sure most Canadians understand just how far down this road we’ve already travelled.

Whether speaking about the political, economic or social issues, or specifically about the labour movement, leadership or negotiation strategies, Buzz Hargrove is certain to provide his audiences with some laughs, some ideas to ponder, and lots of food for thought.