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A headshot of Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Vice-President Mike Dempsey.

Mike Dempsey



Mike Dempsey was first elected Vice-President in 2013, but his unionism spans much longer. A career Forest Officer and Environmental Protection Officer with the Alberta Government, he has been an AUPE activist for 35 years.

During that time he served as Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair, and the PE Local 005 representative as well as Vice Chair of the Government Services Bargaining Committee. Dempsey also dedicates himself to member education, using AUPE’s Committee on Political Action as a vehicle for knowledge and engagement, which he believes go hand-in-hand. He demonstrated this when his four years of advocating for greater member pension education resulted in member contribution rates dropping for the first time in over a decade.

Dempsey brings courage, passion and a strong sense of justice to the Executive. He believes a Vice-President needs to be unafraid to speak up – unafraid to mix with senior bureaucrats and politicians – but always with the intention of giving voice to AUPE’s hardworking members.

Dempsey lives in Lac La Biche with his wife Heather. They have two grown children, Jennifer and Chris, who live in British Columbia.