Canada’s Building Trades Unions Welcome New Director of Operations

Canada’s Building Trades Unions, an alliance of 14 international unions in the construction, maintenance and fabrication industries, announced today that Stuart Barnable has been hired as the new Director of Operations. Mr. Barnable will join CBTU starting in early December.  

“Canada’s Building Trades Unions are pleased to have Stuart join our growing team to assist in strengthening our work to represent the voices of skilled trades workers,” said Sean Strickland, Executive Director, Canada’s Building Trades Unions. “Stuart’s extensive experience working in government, his background in policy development, stakeholder relations, communication, and operational leadership will serve to support the great work of the CBTU team to meet our organizational objectives.”

In this role, Mr. Barnable will work closely with Executive Director Strickland, the Canadian Executive Board, and North America’s Building Trades Unions to develop and execute CBTU’s strategic plan including various ongoing projects, stakeholder relations, advocacy, government affairs, and internal operations. 

“Canada’s Building Trades Unions are a strong voice for unionized workers in Ottawa and right across the country. I look forward to utilizing my skillset and background to build on the excellent work of the CBTU team,” said Mr. Barnable.

Mr. Barnable joins the CBTU after holding the position of Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable George J. Furey, since 2015. In this role, Mr. Barnable built relations with the media, the government and the community, as well as developed and executed policy and media strategies. A Newfoundland and Labrador native, Barnable graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Arts Archaeology.  


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About CBTU

Canada’s Building Trades Unions are an alliance of 14 international unions in the construction, maintenance and fabrication industries that collectively represent over 600,000 skilled trades workers in Canada. Each year, our unions and our signatory contractor partners invest over $300 million in private sector money to fund and operate over 175 apprenticeship training and education facilities across Canada that produce the safest, most highly trained and productive skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world. Canada’s Building Trades Unions represent members who work in more than 60 different trades and occupations, and generate six per cent of Canada’s GDP. For more information, go to

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