Debi Daviau, President
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Debi Daviau became the 52nd President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) on January 1, 2014.
Working as a Computer Systems Analyst at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Debi became progressively more engaged in union activities, first as a steward and member of several PIPSC bargaining and consultation teams, and later as President of the Gatineau Branch. She was first elected to its Board of Directors in 2005, representing the National Capital Region. She became an Institute Vice-President in 2010.
Debi is a dedicated champion of the rights of public service employees. Over the years, she has worked hard to improve collective agreements and to defend hard-fought gains for all PIPSC professionals. In a period of systematic, ideological attacks on the programs, services and people who protect the health and security of all Canadians, she has poured her energies into issues of critical importance to all PIPSC members such as increasingly toxic workplaces, rampant contracting-out, and dramatic cuts to public services.
From the beginning of her mandate, Debi has sought to introduce new and innovative ways to address the concerns of members. Under her leadership, the Institute has tabled milestone proposals to bargain for scientific integrity during the current round of negotiations. She has also been instrumental in implementing new member engagement strategies and in broadening and strengthening alliances within and beyond the labour movement.