Our Executive Team

Our executive team members bring their experience as workers, unionists, and managers to build positive workplace communities. They’re proud to lead a union that’s making a positive difference in so many workers’ lives.

Dick Heinen – Carpenter. Grandfather. Executive Director

Dick has been a CLAC member since 1968 when he joined as a carpenter’s helper—the first step to him eventually becoming a journeyman carpenter. He’s maintained his membership ever since.

Dick has a knack for getting to the real nature of a problem and finding solutions that work long term. Today, he manages CLAC’s affairs at the national level, including the activity of reps and the support structure that serve the union’s members.

Away from the office, Dick has volunteered with many efforts over the years, from helping the disadvantaged to coaching soccer. These days, his time is taken up by the needs of his grandchildren and family. “It’s amazing how often a carpenter is still needed here and there,” he says.


Hank Beekhuis – Sheet Metal Worker. Arbitration Specialist. Ontario Director.

Hank started off his career as a self-employed sheet metal worker and then went on to six years of union work in the construction industry both before and after college. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree with a major in history and minor in political science and joined CLAC in 1967.

Hank became a CLAC representative in 1979. As an organizer, he was part of the strong growth the union experienced, beginning in the 1980s. As a specialist in interest arbitration, he has introduced progressive solutions to workplace concerns in the healthcare sector.

Hank was appointed regional director of CLAC’s Grimsby office when it opened in 1996. Since 2008, he has served as CLAC’s Ontario director. He has also served on CLAC’s national executive committee for most of his 35+ years with the union.

Dennis Perrin – Construction Worker. Counsellor. Prairies Director.

Dennis joined the CLAC team in August 2004 as an Alberta representative in the Edmonton regional office. In June 2008, he relocated to the Fort McMurray office where he represented CLAC members working in the oilsands industry.

Dennis was involved in a number of key negotiations, including as lead negotiator and is a member of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board. He has a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies and biology. He also has a wide variety of work experience—everything from industrial construction and forestry to teaching English overseas and working as an admissions counsellor at a local university.

Dennis currently is CLAC’s Alberta and Prairies director, as well as managing the union's activities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Wayne Prins – Miner. Environmentalist. Alberta Director.

Wayne was first introduced to CLAC in 2001 as an equipment operator working on the Diavik Diamond Mine project in the Northwest Territories. In 2003, after completing a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies and business administration, he joined CLAC as a representative in the Edmonton office.

In the summer of 2004, Wayne moved to Fort McMurray to open a new CLAC office to support the union’s growing presence in Alberta’s oilsands industry. CLAC’s membership in Fort McMurray quickly grew from approximately 500 members in 2004 to nearly 9,000 members in 2008.

In the fall of 2008, Wayne joined CLAC’s executive team and was appointed Fort McMurray regional director. After serving as the union's Alberta director, he is now being mentored by Dick Heinen to assume the role of executive director in the spring of 2017. 


David Prentice – Negotiator. Community Worker. BC Director.

David is no stranger to helping others. In the fall of 2000, he was recognized for his service as treasurer of a not-for-profit registered agency operating a halfway house for people struggling with substance abuse in Lethbridge, Alberta.

After excelling as a union steward while working at Save on Foods, David joined CLAC, working out of the union’s Edmonton office as a representative for six years. He also served CLAC’s members in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, negotiating key collective agreements in the Fort McMurray region.

In 2009, David relocated to British Columbia to oversee CLAC’s operations in the province and Yukon Territory.