CCPFH mourns the death of a valued Board of Directors member
December 6, 2016
Maritime Fishermen's Union Executive Secretary
It is with a heavy heart that the CCPFH members and personnel share the news of the sudden passing of a well-respected Board member, Christian Brun. A strong advocate for the fish harvesting industry and a fish harvester rights leader, Christian will be missed by all those who had the opportunity to know and work with him.
Fish harvesters across the country will remember him for his commitment defending fish harvester issues at the national level, his valuable work on promoting and the protecting the independent owner-operator fleet for the benefit of coastal communities.
“I worked for more than 10 years with Christian on national and international fisheries issues. Even in the most difficult situations, Christian would remain calm, respectful and thoughtful. I believe he drew his determination and energy in the profound respect he had for fish harvesters and the importance of maintaining vibrant and prosperous coastal communities and their culture” said Pierre Verreault, CCPFH Executive Director.
Christian began his work in the fisheries in 2004 as a coordinator during a period of structural change at the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU). In 2006 he became part of the executive team at the MFU and was nominated as a member of the CCPFH Board of Directors. The MFU has always played a crucial role around the CCPFH table. During his 10 year tenure, Christian honored and perpetuated the MFU’s tradition of being a strong and respected voice for fish harvesters of New Brunswick and Canada.
Christian, a Cormier-Village native, attended the University of Ottawa and the Université de Moncton and graduated with an MBA in administration. He worked in southern Africa for eight years, mostly in Mozambique where he worked on international community development. An important charity to Christian, he donated annually to the Tree of Hope Foundation and also participated in CUSO Canada activities.
“Just about a week ago we wish each other a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and were looking forward to working together in the coming year. It is painful to know it will not happen, I am in shock. Christian was more than a colleague; he was a friend with whom I would always look forward to sitting arounds a nice meal to discuss ideas and have a good laugh after long days at work. I will dearly miss him” said Jean Lanteigne, President of the CCPFH.
The CCPFH is grateful for Christian Brun’s service, friendship and knowledge over the years. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and to all those who had the privilege to work along side him.