About Local 97

BC Ironworkers Local 97


Ironworkers Local 97 is a part of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers. Its area of coverage includes all of British Columbia, and the Yukon. Since 1906, Ironworkers Local 97 has fought to better the lives of Ironworkers through collective bargaining. Our mandate is to raise wages and working conditions for Ironworkers, and to ensure that Ironworkers receive the training they need to be safe, productive, and professional at work.

Local 97 History

It’s no exaggeration to suggest that modern-day residents of BC are surrounded by the accomplishment of our members. There’s a proud tradition of ironworking in this province, and it’s one that we intend to uphold. We achieved a tremendous amount in our first hundred years of existence, and we expect even greater things in the centuries to come!

Women in Ironworking

Our organization is openly and actively recruiting women. The women ironworkers of Local 97 are second to none. We have, for generations, understood the value of women’s meticulous, detail orientated, and efficient abilities. Many have succeeded, and had rewarding careers, in one of the toughest jobs out there, earning the admiration and respect of their brothers.

Aboriginal Commitment

Ironworking has been part of Aboriginal tradition for over a hundred years. The craft has been passed down from one generation to the next and is a source of pride for many Aboriginal families in Canada.

Whenever 97 undertakes a large-scale project, there are Aboriginal members in the crew. There’s always been a place for Aboriginal ironworkers at Local 97, and there always will be!

Executive & Delegates

Paul Beacom

President/Business Agent

Doug Parton

Financial Secretary-Treasurer/BM

K.C. Newman


Parker Wright

Recording Secretary

Matt Hawken

Dispatcher/ Business Agent

Michael Beck

Executive Committee

Jason Plunkett

Executive Committee

Corey McFarlane

Executive Committee

Robert Sather

Executive Committee

Nick Smith

Executive Committee

Signatory Contractors

You have a company that employs ironworkers but you’re not yet part of the Local 97 family? If that’s the case, please do drop by the hall for a cup of coffee so we can discuss the many advantages of becoming a signatory contractor!

View the full list of our contractors