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Longstanding ETFO President Sam Hammond set to begin tenure as president of Canadian Teachers’ Federation

July 15, 2021

TORONTO, ON – Sam Hammond, who has served as president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) since 2009, will assume the role of president of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) on July 15, 2021. CTF represents 300,000 educators and member organizations across Canada, including the ETFO. 

“It has been my great privilege to have been ETFO’s president for the past 12 years. We have been through so much together and have come out of it with such incredible solidarity. I am so proud of our members, our local leaders and all of the communities that have stood together to protect every child’s future,” says ETFO President Sam Hammond. “As I head to the CTF, I will hold onto ETFO’s strong legacy of advocacy and social justice and look forward to continuing to serve ETFO members and other educators across the country from my new home in Ottawa.”

Hammond’s commitment to supporting ETFO members and his colleagues, and his strong advocacy on behalf of students and education workers has led to positive changes in Ontario’s publicly funded education system. His optimism, collaborative spirit and dedication have had a profound impact on those he has served for more than a decade. As CTF President, he will continue to protect ETFO members and inspire collective power to ensure our education system continues to be one of the best in the world. 

Adds Hammond, “The CTF’s role is to protect fundamental bargaining and labour rights, oppose privatization and commercialism, and defend our profession and publicly funded public education. I look forward to working alongside members across Canada to ensure the CTF remains a unifying national voice of solidarity.”

First elected to the ETFO provincial Executive in 2003, Hammond served as vice-president and first vice-president before becoming president in 2009. He has served as a president-designate and vice-president on the CTF Executive Committee, and has chaired CTF’s finance, and constitution and bylaws committees, as well as the Advisory Committee on the Teaching Profession. 

ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at

For more information, contact Meagan Perry at 416-435-9234 or