Greg McGillis worked on his first campaign when he was 12 and has continued to be an activist in social justice and human rights issues ever since. An experienced and tested union leader and spokesperson, he has led strikes, large-scale protests, campaigns and coalitions for more than 30 years. He has worked in issue advocacy with groups as diverse as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Coalition Against Poverty, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), the International Joint Commission (IJC), the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) and the Canadian Teachers’ (CTF) Federation.
Greg has written extensively on union and political issues over the last 25 years. Greg has held numerous positions in his Component (Government Services Union), where he was a Regional Vice President, and in PSAC-NCR, where he previously held the position of Treasurer. He was Chair of the NCR Finance Committee, and a member of the PSAC-NCR Ottawa Area Council, Communications Committee, Education Committee and Members with Disabilities Action Committee. He was also a member of the GSU Communications Committee.
In 2002, OSSTF District 26 (where he was President) honoured him with the Gordie award for outstanding union career achievement. Following his term as President, Greg taught adult and alternative high school before starting a business as a freelance communications consultant. He joined the federal government in 2007 as a Public Affairs Advisor to the International Joint Commission and, later, acting Chief of Staff to the Canadian Chair, the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray. Most recently, Greg worked in the Strategic Change Office of Shared Services Canada.
Born in Cornwall’s north end to a policeman and a nurse, he has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, a Bachelor of Education in English, a Senior Honours Specialist in English Literature, a university-level Certificate in Business Administration and an Ontario Teaching Certificate. An accomplished singer and musician, Greg continues to play music in local venues as a soloist. He and his partner have five grown children.