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About Bill

Bill was one of 14 children in the working-class, auto industry Reno family, attending Assumption Collegiate in Windsor and winning a scholarship to study Economics and Political Science at the University of Chicago. In the early 1970’s, Bill took up Filmmaking and Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, (later renamed Toronto Metropolitan University). As a university staff activist, Bill helped organize and became a Charter Member and Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1273 and was recruited by the Canadian Food and Allied Workers (CFAW) as the National Research Director.

Bill rose quickly in the ranks of CFAW, appointed Research and Education Director of the 40,000-member Local 175 of the United Food and Commercial Workers and elected President of the 60,000-member UFCW Ontario in the mid-1960s. Active as a sought-after representative of one of Canada’s largest private sector unions, Bill served on several Ontario and Federal Agencies, Boards and Commissions in the areas of Post-Secondary Education, Occupational Health and Safety, Labour, and Energy, among others. He was co-author, with NDP Ontario Leader Howard Hampton, of Public Power, a history of Ontario Hydro, the History of the Power Workers Union and Vice-President of Global Energy Vision, a ground-breaking company that invested millions of dollars from joint union/multi-employer pension funds in job-creating energy efficiency projects.

Bill is a highly-regarded speechwriter in his chosen fields and has written for several Cabinet Ministers, including Labour, Colleges and Universities, Energy, Municipal Affairs, Transportation and Agriculture and Food.

He served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Labour, Bob Mackenzie and also the Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board, now the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

He is currently working on a book about Union Leadership.

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