Business Agent

Cody Hedman


Richard Gee
Georgina Stark

Nenette Engenio ​


Animal Care Services

​Sylva Matiaskova - Centre for Disease Modeling

Gordon Chan - Modified Barrier Facility

Building Operations

Carpenter - Ian MacLean
Custodial - Parshu Raman (Day), Marcelo Paz (Evening), Subrata Dasgupta (Weekend), 
Electrician - Richard Gee, Dimitri Kavouras

Finance - Nicolas Banquero 

Garage - Chris Edwards 

Labourer - Barry Jones, John Wogrinetz

Signwriter - Lisa Mead

Soft Landscape - Gregg Doughty

Utilities - Oriente Eugenio

Elinor Morris, Rigel Abanes

Olivera Gavric

Campus Security
Andrew Wong, Syed Musavi, Harley (Harkeerat) Sandhu

Bill Provenzano - Vice President at Large
​Bill is painter in Building Operations and has worked at UBC for almost 20 years.  He was elected as a Vice President at Large in 2016.  Before that Bill was an elected Trustee for many years.  Bill has served the Local as a Shop Steward for 14 years.  He sits on the Housing and Animal Care Local Working Committees.

Dave Lance – President
Dave has been at UBC for 21 years, first as a student and then for the last 17 years as an employee and member of CUPE Local 116.  Coming out of the Labour Shop in Building Operations, Dave was elected to the role of President in 2015.  Prior to that he was the Local’s General Vice President from 2004 – 2015.  Dave has also served as a Vice President at Large and as a Shop Steward.  He has participated on a number of University Committees including the President’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Discrimination and Harassment and the President’s Awards Adjudication Committees.  He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Staff Pension Plan from 2008 – 2016.  Dave has been involved in the last number of rounds of Collective Bargaining for all three of the Local’s Collective Agreements.  He has worked as the Local’s Grievance Committee Chairperson and as the Local’s Co-Chair to the joint Union-University Contracting-out Committee.  Dave currently participates on the CUPE BC Universities Committee.  He is responsible for the overall operation of the Local, Executive and Stewards.

If you need to get in touch with a Steward, please call the Union Office at 604-827-1705 and we will help you get in touch with them. 

Roger De Pieri  - Vice President
Roger was elected as General Vice-President of CUPE 116 in 2015.  He is responsible for dealing with members’ concerns and grievances, and seeing them through to resolution. He is also responsible for managing the Local’s Stewards and Grievance Committee, as well as a number of other Committees and duties.  Roger brings his many years of service in CUPE 116 to this role, which assists him in understanding the challenges the Local faces.  He joined UBC in 1997, working as an Electrician in Building Operations in a variety of environments throughout the campus.  He holds a Red Seal designation as a Journeyperson Electrician, after completing his training at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1994.   In 1999 he was elected as a Shop Steward representing CUPE Local 116.  In 2001 he was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer and served in that role until 2015.


Nick Lemmel - Vice President at Large
​Nick has been working at UBC in the Physics and Astronomy department since 2003 and became a Shop Steward in 2007. As a Shop Steward, Nick sat on the Apprenticeship Committee, Safety Committee and Grievance Committee. In 2018 Nick was been elected as VP at Large. As his role expands and takes on more responsibilities, he is excited to serve the 116 community.

Jim McKay – Vice President at Large
Jim has worked as a Glazier at UBC since 2002.  He was elected as a Vice President at Large in 2015.  Prior to that Jim was an elected Trustee and has been a Shop Steward since 2010.  Jim is currently the Union’s Co-Chair to the Contacting-out Committee.  As well he sits on the Building Operations Trades Working Committee.

Leah Murray – Recording Secretary
​Leah has been the Recording Secretary for the Local for over a decade.  Prior to that Leah was a Vice President at Large.  Leah works out of the Carpentry Shop in Building Operations and has been a Steward there for many years.  Leah is actively involved in promoting and educating around Apprenticeships and women in Trades.  Leah has been an elected member of recent Bargaining Committees and worked as the appointed note-taker before that.  Leah works often with our members in Animal Care and the Faculty of Dentistry and as well with accommodation issues.

Rigel Abanes - Vice President at Large
​Rigel has been a member of CUPE Local 116 since 2011 and became a Shop Steward in 2016, where he sat on the Grievance Committee. In early 2019 Rigel was elected as VP at Large. Working in Food Services, Housing and later with the Bookstore, allowed Rigel to see how varied UBC’s work force is.  With this experience Rigel felt able to bridge different perspectives towards a common understanding and encourage him to pursue bigger and meaningful responsibilities on behalf of his fellow members.

Canadian Union of

Public Employees 

Local 116

Vacant  - Treasurer

Chemical Engineering

Brian Ditchburn 

Miriam Dexter, Teresa Davies

Microbiology and Immunology

Tom Yang 

Physics & Astronomy

Nick Lemmel

Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS)
Food Services

Beata (Betty) Nielson, Kelly Davies

Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS)
Roger Newell, Kelly Davies