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A Tribute to Doug Olthuis

November 28, 2023

The year of 2023 marked an end to 18 years of service for Doug Olthuis as Department Leader of the Global Affairs Department and Executive Director of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund. Doug was the third and the longest serving director of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund. His visionary leadership, strategic thinking, and unique expertise paved the way for successful international partnerships. 

Beyond his professional expertise, Doug was a source of support, mentorship, and union solidarity. His willingness to share knowledge, foster growth, and uplift colleagues created a positive and nurturing work environment in the union and the Humanity Fund. 

Doug dedicated his life to making a profound difference in the world by leading international projects that aimed to protect and empower workers and uphold human rights across the globe. He was also a driving force behind initiatives that tackled poverty in Canada and worldwide. 

Among many other things, he always showed an unwavering dedication to advancing the rights of Indigenous communities and was one of the architects who brought the Steelworkers National Indigenous Committee to life, aligning its mission with the Humanity Fund’s. Doug was one of the catalysts behind the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability CNCA, shaping its objectives, forging alliances, and driving meaningful change. And we cannot mention corporate accountability without talking about Doug’s work to ensure that garment sector workers in Bangladesh are empowered and treated with dignity and respect. 

With heartfelt gratitude, we extend our best wishes for a fulfilling retirement. Thank you for your remarkable contributions. Your legacy will continue to inspire us for years to come. 

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