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UNITED UTILITY WORKERS' ASSOCIATION
1207 - 20 Avenue
Calgary AB T2M
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Local 100 - Transalta Generation Partnership
and Transalta Corporation
Paul Drew-Brook has been a member of the
Association since 1982 and became a Unit
Coordinator in 1999. Paul says that it’s stunning to
look back and see the positive and productive
changes that have occurred since then, and
remarks that those changes for the better made
the work all the more interesting.
Paul became a Director in 2004 and finds
bargaining committees, job evaluations, or just
being able to help most fulfilling and satisfying.
Darlene Cardinal has been a Unit Coordinator for
Local 100, TransAlta Generation Partnership, for 14
years, and a Director for ten-plus years. She
started with TransAlta in July of 2000, and works in
the Sundance plant as administration support.
Darlene is very interested in the Labor movement
in Alberta, and enjoys the exposure being involved
with the UUWA has given her. She believes in
fighting for what is right and fair for our members.
Darlene is married with four children, two dogs,
and two fish.
Mike started with Calgary Power August 16, 1976,
and has worked in Evansburg, Drayton Valley, and
Spruce Grove in both operations, and construction
departments. Mike is currently a FortisAlberta
Construction Foreman in Spruce Grove.
Mike has been a unit coordinator since 1999, and a
Director since 2012. He sit on the Electrical Utility
Workers Safety Rules Committee as a UUWA
representative, and has sat on the last 3 rounds of
negotiations for the UUWA.
Married for 29 years, Mike and his wife Carmen
have two boys: Mark, 27; and, Shawn, 24. Together
they all enjoy pulling the 5th wheel around and
fishing in the summer; and, curling and skiing in the
Darlene Cardinal - Director
Mike Donnelly- CEO, Director
Paul Drew-Brook- Board Secretary-Treasurer, Director
Grace Thostenson - Business Manager
Local 200 - FortisAlberta
Local 500 - Altalink Management Limited
Grace joined the UUWA in 2000 and has been the
Business Manager since 2001. Prior to joining the
UUWA, she held a variety of positions with the
IBEW Local 348.
Grace has over 25 years of labour relations
experience in the telecommunications and electrical
power industries under provincial and federal labour
She holds a designation as a Certified Human
Resources Professional (CHRP); a certificate in
Human Resources from the University of Calgary; a
certificate in Job Evaluation from the University of
Wisconsin; a certificate in Mutual Gains Bargaining
from Cornell University; and a certificate in Change
Grace has taken and attended numerous courses,
conferences and training. She is a Canadian Labour
Congress (CLC) certified Facilitator and has
facilitated various courses including Collective
Bargaining at the AFL/CLC Winter School in Jasper.
She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of
Directors of the Workers' Compensation Board -
Alberta and was a Director from 2012 to 2015.
Grace serves as Chair of the WCB Policy Committee
and is a member of two other committees:
Governance and Human Resource & Compensation.
Grace is a Vice-President of the Alberta Federation
of Labour. She serves as Chair of the Human
In June 2015 Grace was appointed as a Director on
the Board of Public Interest Alberta.
She was appointed as a member of the Alberta
Labour Relations Board from 2002 to 2014. She
served as a Public member of the Certified General
Accountants Appeal Tribunal from 2002 to 2012.
Douglas Cooper - Assistant Business Manager
Douglas Cooper has over 30 years of labour
relations experience, previously serving as
President of Local 302 of the International Alliance
of Theatrical Stage Employees and subsequently as
Business Agent of Local 212 of IATSE.
Doug commenced working with the UUWA in 2006.
He has served on a variety of boards and
commissions in Alberta for many years, including
the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Appeals
Commission for the WCB, and as a public member
for the College of Dental Technologists.