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.