As a Canadian of Jamaican decent Mark Brown came to Canada when he was two years old. He started working at Canada Post at eighteen years old.
He was a temporary worker on the midnight shift. After working all night he attended the north campus of Humber College studying accounting during the day. Mark Brown is a Truck Driver by trade and currently holds a position as a Truck Driver for Canada Post.
Mark has been representing the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in various elected positions since 2000. Mark Brown is currently the Assistant Secretary Treasurer for the Toronto Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and an Executive Board Member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in Canada. In 2014 Mark Brown was elected to the position of National Director of the Metro Toronto Region of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. As such he became the first Black worker in Canada elected to sit on their National Executive Board.
Previously, while working at the Local level of CUPW he was responsible for representing the more than 400 Canada Post Truck Drivers in the west end of the greater Toronto area. In addition he was responsible for representing injured co-workers before the Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT).
Some of Mark Brown‘s previous positions include, being an Executive Board Member of both the Toronto York Region Labour Council and the Labour Education Center in Toronto He was also the co-chair of the Labour Council’s Equity Committee.
Mark Brown is known across Canada‘s labour movement for highlighting issues such as workers rights, human rights and police violence against Black and Indigenous peoples.
UPDATED 22 December, 2020