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Peggy Nash is the author of Women Winning Office: An Activist’s Guide to Getting Elected, encouraging those who are often excluded to consider running for office, work she continues as the co-instructor of the Toronto Metropolitan University Women in the House Program. Nash is a former Member of Parliament holding official portfolios in finance and industry and was a federal NDP leadership candidate. A former senior negotiator with CAW (now UNIFOR) in the automobile, airline and service sectors, she was the first labour woman to lead auto bargaining in North America. Nash also pioneered women’s leadership training and equity policies. She and her partner Carl also keep busy with their three sons and two grandchildren.

Prior to being elected to office, she was a senior negotiator for the Canadian Auto Workers (now Unifor) and a long-time member of the Canadian Labour Congress Executive Committee. Peggy was the first woman to head auto talks from the union side at Ford Canada. She has bargained in both the public sector and private sector with airlines, hotels, universities, and community services. Peggy pioneered contract language in harassment and anti-violence and initiated programs and policies within her union on gender and human rights. She continues to facilitate trade union programs and run courses for women in politics both in Canada and internationally, and she is a frequent media commentator.