Tom, a city worker in Saskatoon, has been active in CUPE since 1986 when he was elected as shop steward for CUPE 859.

He was elected CUPE Saskatchewan president in 1998. The following year he was elected as Regional Vice-President on the National Executive Board.

A staunch defender of public services, Tom served as co-chair of CUPE’s National Contracting Out and Privatization Coordinating Committee.

Between 2003 and 2007, he served as the General Vice-President on the NEB representing Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He served again as the General Vice-President on the NEB from 2009 to 2013 representing Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and is now serving as Regional Vice-President for Saskatchewan as of July 2017.