Representative of the interests of workers

Fred Nowicki

Fred was director of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for the Northwest Territories and Southern Alberta. He currently sits as a board member with the Southern Alberta Board of Persons with Disabilities.

His 28-year career with the Government of Canada provided him with extensive experience in the areas of eligibility for counselling, training, immigration settlement and employment insurance benefits. Fred resides in Lethbridge, where he is actively involved in community initiatives in Southern Alberta.

Grace Thostenson

Ms. Thostenson is the Business Manager of the United Utility Workers’ Association (UUWA), a position she has held since 2001. Prior to joining the UUWA, she held a variety of positions with the IBEW Local 348. Grace is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources.

Grace has over 25 years of labour relations experience in the telecommunications and electrical power industries under provincial and federal labour jurisdictions. She was appointed to the Alberta Labour Relations Board in 2002 and served as a member for 12 years. She also served as a public member of the Certified General Accountants Appeal Tribunal from 2002 to 2012.

Ivana Niblett

Ms. Niblett has been involved with the labour movement for approximately 18 years, working with members, affiliates, and labour councils across Canada. Ivana is currently a Business Agent for the United Steelworkers Local 1-207.

Prior to her current position, she was the National Vice President for the Telecommunications Workers Union, United Steelworkers Local 1944 representing TELUS workers across Canada. Ivana also sat as an AFL Executive Council and Committee member. Having sat on several boards as a Director, Ivana is well versed in governance, decision making and accountability.