Hassan Yussuff

First non-white president of the Canadian Labour Congress

  • Senator Hassan Yussuff emigrated from Guyana and spent 10 years as 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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