David Chartrand was sworn in as the Canadian General Vice President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on July 1, 2021. He is the first GVP from the province of Québec and speaks both English and French.
Chartrand has been involved in the labor movement for more than 30 years. He began as a member of IAM Local 712 in 1990 as a Sheet Metal worker and aircraft assemblyman at Bombardier Aerospace in Montréal, Québec
During his years of employment at Bombardier, Chartrand served as Union Steward, Bargaining Committee Chairperson, Strike Committee Chair, Shop Committee Chairperson and Local Lodge President. He also served as an Executive Board Member of IAM District 11.
In 2006, after having served as Trustee and Vice President of District 11, Chartrand was elected as President and Directing Business Representative.
Chartrand also served the Québec and Canadian IAM membership as Vice President of the Québec Federation of Labour, board member of the Montréal’s aerospace cluster Aero Montréal, board member of the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace, President of IAM Cares, President of the Québec Machinists Council, and North American representative on the Airbus Global Forum.
Chartrand was appointed to the IAM Canadian Territory Staff as a Special Representative on January 4, 2014 and became the Québec Coordinator for the IAM in July of the same year.