Ken Lewenza is the first local union leader to be elected CAW National President in the union's history. He was re-elected president a the 9th Constitutional Convention held in August, 2009.
Ken is a rank-and-file leader and activist who has emphasized outreach within the labour movement and the broader community during his terms as president of CAW Local 444 and CAW Council President.
Ken was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario and has been a member of CAW Local 444 since he began working at Chrysler Canada in 1972 at the age of 18. In 1978, Ken was elected as a steward in the chassis division where his strong desire to improve the quality of life for workers emerged.
Ken held the positions of committeeperson, chairperson and vice-president before taking on the role of Local 444 President in 1994.
Ken was the Chair of the CAW Chrysler Master Bargaining Committee for the last five rounds of Big Three bargaining. He was also a CAW National Executive Board member and the president of CAW Council for the past 10 years.
He was an active delegate on the Windsor and District Labour Council and a community leader in the Windsor-Essex. Ken has been involved with many community organizations including the Motor City Credit Union, Guardian Board of Windsor, the labour-sponsored Community Development Group, Hotel Dieu Hospital Board, the AIDS Committee of Windsor and United Way of Windsor-Essex County.
In 2002, as a tribute to his hard work and dedication, Ken was awarded the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Award, a joint initiative of the United Way and the Windsor and District Labour Council.