BCGEU President and Treasurer

Stephanie Smith
BCGEU president
​Smith was elected BCGEU treasurer in June 2011 and BCGEU president in May 2014.

Paul Finch
BCGEU treasurer
Finch was elected BCGEU treasurer in May 2014.

  • Paul Finch biography (three year term: 2014-2017)

BCGEU Presidents-Emeritus

Darryl Walker 

Walker was BCGEU president between 2008 and 2014.
Walker first signed on as a steward at the Forensic Psychiatric Institute in the early 1980’s during the time of Operation Solidarity. He sat as a component chair, and BCGEU vice president for nine years. During that period, he sat on or chaired almost every standing committee of the union. He was a member of the Master Bargaining Committee, a trainer in Occupation Health and Safety, and a representative on the Vancouver and District Labour Council. Walker also sat on the West Coast Environment Law Board and the Labour Environment Alliance Society Board.

He retired from the BCGEU in 2014 following two terms as president.

George Heyman 

Heyman served as BCGEU president between 1999 and 2008.

A log-scaler and grader with the forest service, Heyman was first elected as a steward in 1978.

Since retiring from the BCGEU, Heyman has served as the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of B.C. In 2013, he was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview. Heyman is the opposition critic for Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, responsible for green jobs, TransLink, and for film and television.


John Shields 

Shields retired in 1999 after serving since 1984 as BCGEU president. Shields helped form B.C.'s first union for social service workers –the Social Service Employees' Union. He led that union into the BCGEU. Since leaving the BCGEU, he has worked for the Land Conservancy of BC, and has held teaching posts at the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University. 

Shields holds a Masters Degree in Theology. He worked with Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement in the U.S. He went on to teach popular theology in Canada and the U.S. before moving to B.C. in 1969.

He’s the author of a memoir entitled, “The Priest Who Left His Religion – In Pursuit of Cosmic Spirituality”.