Conferences and Conventions

Education Conference 2018

The 2018 Education Conference will be held on April 13 and 14, 2018 at the Inn at Laurel Point, in Victoria, BC.
The theme will be Making Your Union Stronger.


Convention 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended the PEA's 2017 Convention.
The next Convention will be in 2019.

❱ Table Officer Elections  

Are you interested in serving as a table officer? 

The PEA's Association Executive consists of four table officers a – President, First Vice-President, Second-Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer – and chapter representatives appointed by their chapters. The executive is responsible for managing the affairs of the Association and has authority to retain staff to provide assistance. The executive holds ultimate authority for all PEA activities between conventions.  Table officers are elected by the delegates at convention and serve a two-year term.


The deadline for table officer nominations has now passed.

❱ Resolutions Deadline

The deadline for resolutions has passed.

Resolutions Guide for Conventions

Resolutions can have a direct impact on how the PEA operates. Members may submit resolutions to convention which, if adopted, may result in changes to the Constitution & Bylaws or guide the actions of the Association Executive.

Convention 2017

Please accept our sincere thanks for attending the 2017 PEA Convention in Victoria, BC. We hope you had a safe journey home.

We put together a short highlight video (BELOW) that we would encourage you to view and share with your co-workers. 

A video of Service Award winner Sheldon Martell is also available. Watch it here.

Past Conventions

2017 Speakers

❱ Keynote Speaker | Rob Cottingham

For nearly three decades, Rob Cottingham has helped leaders in government, labour, business and advocacy organizations connect with their audiences – in both the digital and offline worlds. 

He has been the lead speechwriter on national and provincial election campaigns, coached leaders for televised debates, and written budget speeches, Throne Speeches and countless keynotes. As the Director of New Media with The NOW Group, he crafted award-winning engagement plans, copy and ad concepts for unions and other progressive clients. He's the co-founder of Social Signal, one of the world's first online engagement consulting firms.

Rob coaches speakers, communications staff and grassroots activists on personal leadership communications. He maintains a long-running blog on speechwriting and speaking at




❱ Speaker | Alex Hemingway

Alex Hemingway is the CCPA–BC’s Public Finance Policy Analyst. His work focuses on the state of public services in BC, including education, health care, social programs and regulation. He also works on tax fairness — looking at the links between how our tax system is structured and the problem of growing inequality — and explores how high-quality, accessible public services can improve British Columbians’ quality of life.

Alex is finishing a PhD in Political Science at UBC, where his dissertation focuses on the relationship between economic inequality and inequality of political influence. He holds two master’s degrees from the London School of Economics (MSc Social Policy and Planning; MSc Global Politics), as well as a BA in psychology from SFU, with a focus on evolutionary psychology and the evolution of human morality.




❱ Speaker | Edith MacHattie

Edith MacHattie is an occupational therapist who works at a child development centre in the Lower Mainland with school-aged children and their families. Edith sits on the BC Health Coalition (BCHC) steering committee as a rep for her union, the Health Sciences Association (HSA), and was elected labour co-chair of the BCHC in 2014. One of Edith’s passions is creating safe and accessible spaces for people to feel a sense of belonging in their community. She dreams about a public healthcare system with a focus on prevention and community-based care, and wants to be a part of making that a reality! She is getting ready to have her second child and is looking forward to going on maternity leave. Edith feels grateful to the workers who fought for this precious benefit.





❱ Speaker | Dermod Travis

Mr. Travis served as the Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee from 2007 to 2011, and is the founder of PIRA Communications. He is a former member of Quebec’s Estates General on the Situation and the Future of the French Language and its Comité d’examen sur la langue d’enseignement.

He has given guest lectures at the Université de Montréal, Columbia University, Concordia University, Carleton University and McGill University. His political commentaries have been published in the Montreal Gazette, Le Devoir, La Presse, the Ottawa Citizen, the Victoria Times Colonist, the Georgia Straight and The Tyee. As well his views have been sought by a variety of Canadian and international media, including Japan’s Asahi Shimbum, the Washington Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera, The Congressional Record, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, La Presse, CTV, CBC and Radio- Canada.

At IntegrityBC, he is the Executive Director and is responsible for managing the office and the organization’s strategic direction.

In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of ten chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 43 Issue 4

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The December 2017 issue includes a profile of UVic member Sheryl Karras, a review of the BCFED young workers' camp, a review of the year and an article on Change Day 2017.

Read the December 2017 issue



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