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Richard Paquin has 40 years of mining experience in uranium and nickel mines. He is currently Unifor’s Mines, Metals and Minerals director and is the Canadian Coordinator for the mining sector on IndustriALL (Global Union). Richard represents over 10,000 Unifor members in the sector and has been involved in numerous federal and provincial governmental committees and advisory committees.  He also has spoken at different Parliamentary committees on mining related issues and has extensive knowledge of Ontario mining regulations and Health and Safety committees.

Richard has been involved in the last few years in promoting and providing input on the inclusion of women in the mining industry. Currently is a sitting member, representing labour, on MIHR (federal) and MLRC (Ontario) and assists with Unifor’s Mines, Metals and Mineral Industry Council and numerous regional councils.

Richard was born in Quebec and raised in Sudbury Area. He became involved with the mining industry in 1980 when he started working in Elliot Lake, in the boom years, as an apprentice in the Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanical field. Over the past four decades, Richard has developed extensive experience in Canada’s mining sector and has been involved in many aspects of the industry including mechanical leader, Health and Safety Committee Member, Health and Safety Committee Co-Chair, Union Steward, Chief Steward and Unit Chair and a member of the bargaining Committee.

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