Staffing changes at USGE

We are pleased to advise you of present and upcoming staffing changes at the USGE.

Elaine Ouimet: One year term position with the Agriculture Union

Elaine Ouimet, our USGE Training Coordinator, has accepted a 1 year term position as a Labour Relations Officer with the Agriculture Union. This new position began November 30th, 2015. Sister Elaine isn’t far however since she remains in the same building – just on the 10th floor. She also retains the same email address as before. We wish you the best, Elaine, and look forward to working with you in a year, when you’re back at USGE. 

In the meantime, all training inquiries should be sent to Diane Leduc-Doran (

Renée Savoie: Acting Labour Relations Officer (Prairies)

We are also pleased to inform you that Renée Savoie, one of our Case Management Assistants, has accepted an acting position to replace Sister Marion Fitzgerald-Stuart who will be on leave from December 22nd until April 9th, 2016. Sister Savoie will serve as the Acting, Labour Relations Officer for the Prairies region until April 15th, 2016.

Melanie Crescenzi: New Labour Relations Officer (Quebec) 

On January 4th, Sister Melanie Crescenzi will be joining the USGE team as the new Labour Relations Officer for the Quebec region. Sister Crescenzi is a lawyer with several years of experience practicing civil litigation and labour and employment law. In her practice, Sister Crescenzi has had carriage of numerous litigation and grievance files. She has represented her clients before various forums including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, numerous Arbitral Tribunals, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. Sister Crescenzi is bilingual and has acted for clients in both official languages. On January 4th, we look forward to welcoming Sister Melanie to the USGE family. 

Glen Chochla: Director of Labour Relations 

We are pleased to announce that Brother Glen Chochla will be joining USGE on February 1st as the new Director of Labour Relations. Brother Chochla has extensive experience in labour management consultations, staffing disputes and occupational health and safety matters. He has worked as a lawyer in private practice in the areas of labour, employment and human rights law, including workplace harassment and disability law. He also worked as legal counsel for a construction local, the Labourers’ International Union of North America, Local 506 and for PSAC and PIPSC as a grievance and arbitration officer and negotiator. Before that, he worked as a union staff representative and organizer in a 5000 member union local and was a union counsel for SEIU for 9 years. Brother Chochla is fluently bilingual. On February 1st, we look forward to welcoming Brother Glen to the USGE family.

Fred Sadori: Working with the USGE until March 10th, 2016

Fred Sadori will be continuing his work with the USGE team until March 10th, 2016. An update will be provided sometime in March 2016. 

As you can see, it’s it has been a very busy time at USGE. Everyone in the National Office is excited with the new additions to our team and we all look forward to working with Regional Vice-Presidents and the USGE membership in the future.