Alex D. McKinnon is the Research Director for the United Steelworkers Union (USW), Canadian National Office. He has worked on staff with the Union for over 33 years. Alex was the first rank and file member hired to the USW’s National Office Research Department and, in 2013, became the first rank and file member to be promoted to the Research Director.

Alex serves as a pension trustee on the multi-employer Steelworkers Pension Plan, and is Chair of the Canadian Energy and Related Industries Pension Plan (CERi). He also serves as a Trustee on a large multi-employer health and welfare benefit plan and on various committees for the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, including the Technical Advisory Committee on Asset Transfers, the Stakeholders Advisory Group and the Multi-Employer Pension Plan Committee.

Alex is the Vice-Chair and past Chair of the University of Toronto Pension Plan; Secretary Treasurer of Multi-Employer Benefit Plan Council of Canada and past Chair of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario Multi-Employer Pension Committee. He previously served as a Labour Co-Chair of the Ontario University Pension Project. Alex is as a spinal cord peer support volunteer and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario in 2018, where he serves on the Finance Committee.

Alex earned a bachelor’s degree (Economics) from Sir Wilfred Laurier University and holds the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation in addition to a variety of certifications in pension fund governance.