Speaker Profiles

Cosmo Manella

Cosmo Manella

Former Director


For the over 30 years, Cosmo Mannella has used his extensive experience in both labour and government relations to advocate for workers’ rights as a key stakeholder in Ontario’s Labour Movement.

Mr. Mannella was elected Business Manager of Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Ontario Provincial District Council in 2011 – a position he held until his retirement in 2016. Prior to this Cosmo was the Director of LiUNA Canadian Tri-Fund encompassing The Labourers’ Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, the Labourers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America and the Laborers- Associated General Contractors Education and Training Fund. Mr. Mannella is also a past Regent on the Ontario Council of Regents; the governing body of Colleges in the Province of Ontario.

Mr. Mannella holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Labour Studies and gained an international perspective through his travels and participation in training and labour relations seminars in Germany, Sweden, Brazil, France and Italy.

Currently, Mr. Mannella is an Executive Board member of the Ontario Construction Secretariat and a representative on the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

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