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ATU mourns the passing of Ken Foster, First Director of the ATU Canadian Council

The ATU is sad to report the passing of Ken Foster on May 19, 2023. Ken was the first Director of the ATU Canadian Council, now ATU Canada.

“On behalf of our more than 200,000 ATU members, we send our deepest condolences and prayers to Ken Foster’s wife Pat, his family, and the members of Local 1505-Winnipeg, MB,” said ATU International President John Costa. “As the first Canadian Council Director, Ken was the voice of our members across Canada on legislation, policy, education, health and safety, labor, and other issues. He was a true trailblazer for transit workers across Canada.”

Foster joined Local 1505-Winnipeg, MB, as a Bus Operator in July 1974. He quickly rolled up his sleeves to get involved, serving as the Local’s Recording Secretary, and was elected Vice President. In July 1983, the ATU Canadian Council tapped Foster to be the first General Executive Secretary. His title was eventually changed to Director, where he served until retiring in 2006.

Foster also served as Co-Chair of the Motor Carrier Passenger Council of Canada and was inducted into the CUTA Hall of Fame.

“With his pioneering spirit, Ken Foster raised the bar during his leadership at the ATU Canadian Council, and his legacy will always be remembered. Our heartfelt condolences to Ken’s family and friends,” said John Di Nino, ATU Canada President.

Foster is survived by his wife, Pat Foster, four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.