Brad Brake is a Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation member, President of UNW Local 2, and employed as Correctional Officer with the Northwest Territories Department of Justice. Brad joined the department in 2000 and has been a dedicated employee since that time.
He has spent 17 years as an activist and supporter of the Union of Northern Workers, P.S.A.C. and its Northern Components.
In 2012 he entered municipal politics and was elected to the mayor’s seat in Fort Smith, NT. The Town was split by a bitter strike that saw members fighting against an anti-union council. During his three year tenure Brad re-unified the town, the employees and brought forth a gender balanced council. Under his leadership, the town and employees negotiated a 4-year collective agreement in three days!
Prior to that Brad was the 2nd Executive Vice President of the UNW for 6 years, Vice President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour and has held all positions at the local level. He has accumulated a vast amount of experience that will help members and to further the work of the PSAC in the North.
Brad has participated in various leadership training and development opportunities including being selected for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
Brad loves helping and empowering people which is also the work of the Union. He will continue doing this on a larger scale across the North. His leadership abilities, knowledge and skills together with years of Union experience with the UNW including over 17 years being a member, activist, officer of the Union and former mayor affirm him as a proven accomplished leader.
Brad wants to bring unity to the three largest northern components as well as the many other components that the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) represents so that we may achieve the full potential of the North. The North is the last great frontier and we must protect it and nurture it for our children and those who come after us. Brad will be a strong voice for the people of the North.
Brad’s interests are in politics, leadership, community and service to others. He spends his leisure time exploring life with his wife and two sons.