MONTREAL — The Directors Guild of Canada has tapped labor activist Gerry Barr as its national executive director and CEO.

Barr has overseen labor organization and negotiations for the Steelworkers’ Union and helped create the Steelworkers Humanity Fund. Since 2000, Barr has been the prexy-CEO of the Canadian Council for Intl. Co-operation, a coalition of some 100 not-for-profit organizations working on international development cooperation and humanitarian response. He is the founding co-chair of the Make Poverty History Campaign (Canada) and the Intl. Civil Liberties Monitoring Group.

The DGC reps 3,800 professionals in the film industry, including directors, designers and editors.

“We’re thrilled to have somebody of Gerry’s stature and integrity take the helm of the Directors Guild of Canada,” said DGC national prexy Sturla Gunnarsson. “His commitment to organized labor and values-based advocacy and his impressive Ottawa track record are a perfect fit for the DGC.”

“I am excited to face the many challenges before the DGC especially at this pivotal point in the industry’s future,” Barr said. “DGC has a new strategic plan that puts it at the creative heart of the industry and that aims to champion the rights of its members.”