Hassan Yussuff

First non-white president of the Canadian Labour Congress

  • Senator Hassan Yussuff emigrated from Guyana and spent 10 years as a General Motors truck mechanic. In 1988, he joined the Canadian Auto Workers as the national staff representative and later became their first director of human rights.
  • Senator Yussuff became the Canadian Labour Congress’s (CLC) first person of colour elected to an executive position, as executive vice-president, in 1999, before being elected secretary-treasurer for three terms, running from 2002 to 2014. He was then chosen as the first non-white CLC president in 2014 and was re-elected in 2017 before stepping down in 2021.

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