For over 25 years, Mark Bartlett has worked successfully to make environmental protection a top priority for the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, now known as Unifor and the broader Canadian Labour movement. Mark is the Unifor Local 444 Community Environment Representative, the Unifor National Environment Representative at Chrysler Canada, and the Vice-Chair of the Local 444 Environment Committee. As President of the Unifor Windsor Regional Environment Committee, he represents 45,000 CAW members in Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton Counties and works with the company on local, national and international environmental programs.
He has personally negotiated the distribution and planting of over 90,000 trees. He has represented workers on the Ontario Environment Network, the Canadian Environment Network, and several Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention Roundtables and, currently, the Windsor/Essex County Environment Committee. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Windsor where he helped launch the Green Corridor Project.
Mark was instrumental in forming an educational partnership through CAW’s Youth Environment Network and ERCA in 2000 in which he helped organize a high school bus tour of the Little River Watershed which included a water quality study of Little River and tree planting. Over the next decade, he worked on the planning committee which brought 100 to 200 high school students on Annual Y.E.N. field trips to Hillman Marsh and Holiday Beach Conservation Areas providing the teens with backpacks, notepads, pens, bus funding and lunch for the round robin programs which included tree planting, bird box building, bird banding demonstrations, butterfly and dragonfly catching, water quality study, Species at Risk and energy activities.
Mark’s involvement in environmental committees and initiatives around the region are too numerous to fully outline, but a few highlights include his efforts to bring Dr. David Suzuki to Windsor to speak to students in our region, longstanding representation on the Childrens’ Water Festival and Earth Day committees, amongst many many others. For his continued and committed dedication to improving the environment in the Essex region and beyond, we are delighted to honour Mark Bartlett as a Conservation Champion.