Peter Kennedy was elected National Secretary-Treasurer at the union's 9th Constitutional Convention on August 20, 2009.
Peter began his career in the labour movement after starting work at 3M Canada in London, Ontario in 1972 where he was a member of CAW Local 27. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Peter was elected to various in-plant and local union executive positions.
During this time he was also active in the London community as a United Way board member and a founding board member of the London Unemployed Help Centre. Peter was also a campaign manager and organized for provincial and federal NDP candidates in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
In 1989, he was appointed director of the union's education department. Three years later, he was appointed assistant to then National Secretary-Treasurer Jim O'Neil in 1992.
In the role of assistant to the National Secretary-Treasurer, Peter was responsible for day to day operations and administration of the union, retirees programs as well as staff relations. He also oversaw negotiations with General Motors and CAMI (GM-Suzuki joint venture in Ingersoll, Ontario) as well as the aerospace sector and the electrical and electronic sectors.
Peter has also sat on the board of directors for a number of community organizations such as Art for AIDS where he is the vice president, Kids for Kids, and the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMA). He previously served as co-chair of the Ontario Aerospace Council (labour chair).