Scott McCannell | Executive Director

Scott has been a PEA staff member since January of 2010. As a Labour Relations Officer, he serviced St. Margaret's School and UVic and has worked as the PEA's Executive Director since January 2011. Scott has a varied background in labour relations and human resources. Scott says his passion for labour relations started as a local union activist and elected representative with the Energy & Chemical Workers Union (now UNIFOR) and continued while he completed a bachelors and then subsequently, a master's degree. Scott has always been interested in promoting and establishing successful workplaces that put their employees first and provide conducive working environments.

Scott’s free time is spent with family and being active in the outdoors.

Email Scott | phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 203

Rhiannon Bray | Labour Relations Officer

Rhiannon has worked for the PEA since 2009. She holds a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria. Her thesis focused on labour relations in a multi-union setting. Before coming to the PEA Rhiannon worked on global human resources initiatives for a multinational electronics company in Japan. Rhiannon is an experienced Labour Relations Officer having serviced several of the PEA’s professional groups including negotiating collective agreements, and representing members at mediation and arbitration hearing. Outside of work Rhiannon enjoys spending time with her family and is happy to call Victoria her home.

Email Rhiannon | Phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 204

Al Gallupe | Labour Relations Officer

Al Gallupe joins the PEA after a solid career in Labour Relations across the province. As a veteran labour relations Officer, Al brings experience in negotiating, grievance handling, disability management and job evaluation to the PEA. He has belonged to several unions throughout his career, including PSAC, Carpenters 1598, IWA, and CUPE. He was a local CUPE president for ten years before moving to labour relations with CUPE. As a CUPE staff rep he worked in a variety of locations throughout BC including Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtney, Terrace, and Vancouver. Throughout his career he has maintained a residences in Victoria for the past 31 years and has a wife and two grown children.

Outside of work Al enjoys playing music, specifically piano and guitar. He is an outdoor enthusiast, looking forward to all of the wonderful opportunities Victoria has to offer this summer, including some of his favorites: kayaking, hiking, swimming and gardening.

Email Al | phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 202

Sam Montgomery | Labour Relations Officer

Sam Montgomery is the Labour Relations Officer servicing the Law Society, Legal Services, and UVic chapters while Melissa Moroz is on leave.

Sam holds a doctorate in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan where she also served as the President of her graduate employees’ union, AFT Local 3550. She is a seasoned Canadian trade unionist and has previously worked in Ottawa as a researcher and advocate with the Canadian Association of University Teachers. More recently, Sam was the Higher Education Field Representative for the Vermont affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, where she organized, bargained, and lobbied for public service professionals across the state.

Sam is excited to be here in Victoria and she looks forward to getting to know the members across the PEA.

Email Sam | phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 201

Melissa Moroz | Labour Relations Officer (on leave)

Melissa’s first official involvement with the labour movement began when she was elected shop steward for Teaching Assistants while completing a Masters Degree in sociology at UVic. From there, she was hired by the UVic Educational Employees’ Union in various capacities including business manager. As a CEP 467 member, Melissa held the position of Vice President for 5 years. Melissa’s focus in her graduate studies included social movements and the sociology of everyday life, both areas she finds useful when doing labour relations work. More recently, Melissa worked as a National Representative for CUPE servicing municipal, K-12, colleges, and social services locals all over Vancouver Island. Melissa calls Victoria home and looks forward to be able to walk to work. She, like most Vancouver Islanders, enjoys the outdoors and looks forward to summer weekends camping with her five year old daughter and friends.

Melissa is currenty on leave. Please contact Sam Montgomery if you need assistance.


Brett Harper | Senior Communications Officer

Brett is a communications professional with a Masters Degree in Communications from Royal Roads University. He has worked in communications for municipal government and not-for-profit organizations. Before coming to the PEA he worked in communications in the municipal sector in projects that varied from Olympic communications to strategic communications support for not-for-profit advisory boards supporting the city. He specializes in strategic communication planning and is intrigued by innovative approaches to communication with members and campaign development.

Email Brett phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 206

Emma Wright | Communications Officer

Emma is an experienced communications professional who has provided communications and marketing support for a diverse range of organizations from major supermarkets to organic coffin makers. Before coming to the PEA she worked in communication roles in the higher education sector, at Plymouth University in the UK for five years and at Royal Roads University from 2013 to 2017. Emma is a communications all-rounder specializing in marketing and communications, copy writing, event management, stakeholder engagement, and generating social media and web content.

Away from work Emma loves to explore the island and is an avid runner, hiker, mountain biker and craft beer enthusiast. 

Email Emma phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 206

Marc Joly | Financial Officer

Marc Joly, an accountant with a wealth of training and experience who will take the reins of the financial department.

Marc has held numerous accounting positions throughout his career with organizations including BC Lottery Corporation, Ducks Unlimited and Underwriters Insurance Brokers. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

In his personal life, Marc spends time with his family—which includes a West Highland Terrier. He’s a downhill mountain biking and road biking enthusiast and has been learning to play guitar for far longer than he would like to admit. 

Email Marc phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 207


Toshie Arakawa | Executive Assistant

Toshie is the Executive Assistant at PEA. Toshie is a graduate of the University of Victoria. Her background in clerical work started in the biochemistry department of University of British Columbia. Subsequently, she worked in Ontario at the national office of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, where she supported the management and volunteer board, and was involved in meeting planning. After many years of living outside Victoria, Toshie is glad to be back and she looks forward to supporting PEA members.

Email Toshie phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 205


Tammy Bouchard | Administrative Assistant

Tammy is an administrative assistant with the PEA. Tammy supports the work of staff and the Association Executive. She provides information and assistance to PEA members. She is a lover of nature and enjoys spending time in the outdoors marveling at the wonders of Vancouver Island.

Email Tammy phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 200


Marianna Azouri | Administrative Assistant (on leave)

Marianna is currently on leave. Please contact Tammy Bouchard if you need assistance

J. Scott | Administrative Assistant

J. Scott comes to PEA with a background of social justice, community activism, marketing, sales and fundraising experience combined with an entrepreneurial spirit.

She moved to Victoria in 2002 and was an original Co-Chair of the Values-Based Business Network, which evolved into “Green Drinks”, creating a network for social-minded people to meet on a monthly basis. J. has done Marketing and Outreach for many agencies and held the Executive Director role at Glenairley Centre for Earth & Spirit.

Her credo is “I like to make things happen”- as demonstrated during her planning of the T’Sou-ke Nation Solar Gathering, which brought together dignitaries, First Nations, and people across the Province to launch the largest solar array in BC. J. Scott then went on to head the Solar Colwood project in Colwood.

She owned the renewable energy business, Illuminate Solar Inc. Before moving to Victoria, J. owned The Printmaker Ltd., a high-tech pre-press production firm, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She transferred to Chicago to work for Quebecor World prior to her move to Canada. J. holds a degree in Graphic Design and Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico.

Email J. phone: (250) 385-8791 EXT: 200


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 nine 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 42 Issue 4

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

The December 2016 issue includes a profile of Beth Eagles, a cruising-policy forester with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. This issue also covers what the PEA and the labour movement are doing to support the next generation of workers. Finally, we highlight the significance of the Brian Day court case currently working its way through the courts. 

Read the December 2016 issue



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