The SIU of Canada is a catalyst for change, consistently holding government to account to ensure the interests of all Canadian seafarers are heard loud and clear.
The SIU of Canada is proud to be a Union that is run by seafarers, for the benefit of seafarers.
President James Given leads the fight for Canadian seafarers and Canadian shipping.
“As a young boy, I watched boats going by on the St Laurence River and said to myself that one day, I will be onboard. This indeed became a reality, as I started my sea life in the Canadian Navy as a marine electrician. I finally made the move to the big league and joined the SIU in 1989 as a deck hand. This was my very first Union job and I was extremely proud of it! This is where my real life started. Conditions were for the first time in my life, good enough to have a real life. From deck hand to Executive vice-president, it has been a long and difficult, yet rewarding journey. It’s now time to put forward my knowledge and experience in order to benefit all SIU members!”