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AMAPCEO commemorates Gary Gannage with lifetime achievement award and endowment

Publish date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 update

Past-President Gary Gannage

The Board of Directors has chosen to recognize late, long-time President Gary Gannage and his many years of service and leadership by dedicating both an award and an endowment in his name.

Starting this year, the union’s lifetime achievement award will now be called “The Gary Gannage Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement,” and each year going forward, a deserving student in a labour relations program at Gannage’s alma mater, Queen’s University, will be the recipient of tuition support funded by an endowment. 

Gannage was AMAPCEO’s second President, serving the union in the role for nineteen years (1995-2014). During his tenure in office, the union grew from 6,000 to almost 11,000 members, and from one bargaining unit, in the Ontario Public Service, to a total of seven units, including six from the Broader Public Sector.

He was a member of the union’s original founders’ group in 1992 and its leader in 1995 when it achieved formal bargaining unit status. He went on to lead the union through six additional rounds of OPS bargaining, building a collective agreement that was the envy of many.

“Gary was a charismatic advocate with a talent for innovative solutions,” said President Dave Bulmer. “He embodied the AMAPCEO member in his professional approach to labour relations. This award very aptly carries his name.”

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Ontario Health (Quality Unit); Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).