Teamsters Remember Man Behind Teamsters Canada
Ed Lawson, born in Gerald, Saskatchewan in 1929, passed away recently. Lawson was the Director of the Canadian Conference of Teamsters and a Canadian Senator. He was the architect behind the creation of the Canadian Conference of Teamsters in 1976, an organization which later became Teamsters Canada in 1992.
“He helped lay the foundations of what became Teamsters Canada,” said François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada. “Without him, Teamsters Canada might not exist today.”
Lawson started out as a union representative in the construction industry. He went on to help workers across Canada as an International Vice President of the Teamsters Union, and to serve in the Canadian Senate for over 33 years. He was the second longest-serving member of the Canadian Senate.
In recognition of his service, Lawson was awarded the James R. Hoffa Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 at the 100th anniversary of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Throughout his career, Ed Lawson was active in many charitable and community organizations, such as Variety Club, Lions Society, the Zajac Foundation and Child Help U.S.A.