Emmanuelle Lopez-Bastos

National Representative, UFCW Canada

Emmanuelle Lopez-Bastos
Emmanuelle is a Toronto, Ontario - based labour advocate with experience in the areas of human rights, labour rights and strategic programming in equity streams. She joined the United Food and Commercial Workers union in 2003. With years of experience working with immigrant and migrant communities, Emmanuelle holds the role of National Representative for UFCW Canada in the department of Human Rights, Equity and Diversity.

Emmanuelle's accomplishments include national programming for over 250,000 UFCW union members in equity areas, with expertise in Indigenous rights, LGBTQ rights and Women's rights. With a focus and a passion for bridging the gap between community organizations and organized labour, Emmanuelle's impact on community outreach has included the creation of a UFCW Canada Indigenous Sub-Committee which works to advance Indigenous workers' rights within unionized workplaces and society at large. She was also involved in creating the first internship program for LGBTQ at risk youth in Canada between organized labour, Egale Human Rights Trust and a Canadian retail corporation and has done precedent-setting research on transition-related medical care in Canada.

Emmanuelle holds a position on the executive board of the International UFCW OUTreach LGBTQ constituency group, and with language fluency in Spanish and English, she has led solidarity work with international labour organizations and not for profits. She is an alumnus of the 2017 Emerging Leaders for Sustainable Community Development program.