Professional Background


Over 17 years of experience as a Union Member and Activist and National Table Officer.  Brad has a vast amount supervisory and leadership experience, 6 years’ Experience as a Component Executive, 3 years as Mayor of Fort Smith, NT one of the largest communities in the NT
Facilitated numerous training and workshop sessions to colleagues and inmates, including lessons on life skills and other relevant subjects to inmates and Compassion Fatigue and Correction Offender’s Management System (COMS) software training to coworkers
Was 1 of 250 people selected to take part in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference out of approximately 2500 applicants in 2012
Gained a familiarity of the governing acts, regulations and Collective Agreements while working as an Executive Officer.
Correctional Officer, Fort Smith Correctional Complex– Indeterminate, Fort Smith, NWT 2009 – Present

Provided input on decisions relating to the release and transfer of inmates
Developed positive professional working relationships with colleagues and inmates
Trained 61 individuals to date in the role of Compassion Fatigue Instructor
Case managed inmates by participating in case conference calls, acting as a liaison between the inmates and Correctional Services of Canada, writing Temporary Absence (TA) permits, working one on one with inmates, keeping accurate files and case notes and by assessing counseling and other needs
Evaluated suicide and security risk of inmates
Developed an in-depth understanding of COMS and provided training to colleagues
Directly supervised up to 21 inmates and a staff of 4 while in an acting role
Guided Inmate Advisory Committee by ensuring inmates met regularly and by volunteering to record minutes and providing plain language advice on inmate concerns and advocating for them.
Mayor, Town of Fort Smith, Fort Smith, NT 2012-2015

Served as a Senior Elected Officer responsible for the Corporation of the Town of Fort Smith and its annual budget of $8.5 million
Ensured staff training and Occupational Health & Safety related matters were up to date
Provided leadership and strategic direction as the Chairperson for the 8 member community council
Supervised and guided the Senior Administration Officer (SAO) who is responsible for the senior management committee consisting of three director level positions and a total of 60+ Employees at various levels within a unionized workplace
Provided guidance in regard to policy, by-law interpretation and best practice for Human Resource related issues
Networked with many senior managers and executive officers of the GNWT
2nd Executive Vice President, Union of Northern Workers, Fort Smith, NT 2006-2012

Provided expert advice and guidance on labor relations issues
Served as the Third Table Officer of the Union of Northern Workers
Was called upon to assume the roles of either the President or 1st Vice President in their absence
Served at the executive level as part of a triumvirate that was responsible for the Direction and Vision of the UNW and was directly involved in the operations of their Executive Board as executive liaison for board members
Participated in many Committees and sat as the Union’s Representative at National Executive meetings of the PSAC in Ottawa
Professional Education

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma instructor 2015
Certified Crisis Negotiation Intake NWT (CSC) 2014
Standard First Aid & CPR-C 2013
Governor Generals Canadian Leadership Conference 2012
Introduction to Project Management- Aurora College 2011
PSAC Representation Symposium 2010
Alliance Facilitator Training Program 2008
Corrections Entry Level Training 2007
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention 2007
PSAC Leadership – Phase I 2005 & Phase II 2007
ASIST –Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 2007
Anti-Oppression Training 2007
Advanced Representatives Training (PSAC) 2006
Verbal Judo – Aurora College 2005
Small Business Entrepreneurship P.J. Gardener Institute, Memorial University – The New Enterprise Store

Barb Byers, Vice-President of CLC