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Chris Given

Director of Government Relations

2460 Lancaster Rd. Unit 204
Ottawa, ON
K1B 5L1

T: 613 739-8834

F: (514) 931-3667

E: cgiven@seafarers.ca

  • Born in Lion’s Head, Ontario
  • Married with two daughters
  • Graduated John Abbott College, Ste-Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, in 2007
  • Graduated McGill University BEd, Montreal, Quebec in 2012
  • Currently residing in Ottawa, ON
  • Started working for SIU as Dispatcher in the Thorold Union Hall in July 2015
  • Director of Government Relations for the SIU since October 2016
  • Elected to ITF Maritime Safety Committee as a delegate representing the ITF at the International Maritime Organization since 2018
  • Representing SIU on numerous committees and groups including:
    • Canadian Labour Congress – Transportation Committee, Privatization Committee & Political Action Committee
    • Government of Canada – Labour Standards Advisory Committee (LSAC), TFWP Maritime Advisory Committee
    • ITF – Advisor in Seafarers’ Section, Fair Practices Committee, Cabotage Task Force and Offshore Task Force, Public Relations Officer for ITF North America
  • Hobbies & Interests: Politics, hockey, golf and reading