Yussuff was elected in May 2014 as the first person of colour to lead the country’s labour movement, winning a mandate for change to increase activism in response to the challenges facing unions.

And Yussuff is committed to working together for fairness – in the workplace and Canadian society, from retirement security for all, to good jobs, to protecting public health care, and creating a national child care program.

Coming to Canada from Guyana at 16 years old, Yussuff trained to be a heavy truck mechanic.

And Hassan quickly became a union activist when fellow workers elected him plant chair after he attended just three union meetings.

Legendary Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) leader Bob White soon noticed Yussuff and recruited him to become a senior staff member at the CAW–now Unifor.

Hassan’s impressive work at the CAW led to him being elected as an Executive Vice‑President of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1999 and the CLC’s first person of colour in an executive position. In 2002, he was elected to the first of four terms as Secretary-Treasurer.

And in May 2014, Hassan Yussuff was elected President of the CLC.

Not only has Hassan been a high profile labour leader in Canada, he is also respected internationally.

Hassan was elected president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) in 2012 for a four-year term, heading an international labour group representing more than 50 million workers in 29 countries.

His prior international experience includes being an observer for the historic first democratic South African elections in 1994 that elected Nelson Mandela as President.