Riccardo Persi

Secretary-Treasurer and Assistant Business Manager of the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 837

He began his career with LIUNA in 1984 working in construction as a labourer with Canadian Engineering. In 1989 he accepted a position with the LIUNA Local 837 Training Centre as a Training Instructor. By 1999 he was named as the Centre’s Director of Training.

In 1993 he was appointed as Executive Director of the LIUNA Group, which oversees the operations of the Liuna Gardens and the Liuna Station Banquet and Conference Facilities in Greater Hamilton, a position which he still holds today. He was instrumental in the revitalization of Hamilton’s iconic Lister Block and oversaw its renewal and transition from LiUNA to the City of Hamilton.

He was first elected to the Executive Board of the local in 1995 as Recording Secretary.

His other responsibilities within LIUNA include serving as a Director on the Boards of the Queens Garden and Regina Gardens Long-term Care Facilities; 34 West Avenue Inc. (Local 837’s real estate arm); and LIUNA Hamilton Association (LIUNA’s social housing wing).

In 2014, he was the recipient of the Festitalia Italian Heritage Award, Labour Category. He chaired the 2015 St. Joseph Healthcare Annual Gala. He is a member on the Centre of Surgical Invention and Innovation committee. He serves on the committees of the Hamilton Regional Trade Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Industry Committee.

He is a member of the Order of the Sons of Italy (Trieste Lodge) and a Member of the Hamilton Art Gallery.

Riccardo was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He resides on Hamilton Mountain with his wife Cristina, and together they raise their four children: Eric, Analisa, Adam and Vanessa and the loveable Leo, their 2 ½ year old Bernadoodle.