|Canadian Ambassador to Ireland|
|Governor General||Jeanne Sauvé|
|Prime Minister||Brian Mulroney|
|Preceded by||Gustav Gad Rezek|
|Succeeded by||Mike Wadsworth|
|4th President of the Canadian Labour Congress|
|Preceded by||Joe Morris|
|Succeeded by||Shirley Carr|
|3rd Canadian Director of the United Auto Workers|
|Preceded by||George Burt|
|Succeeded by||Bob White|
|Born||November 3, 1922|
|Died||February 13, 2003 (aged 80)|
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Occupation||Welder, assembler, trade unionist|
Born in Portsmouth, England, McDermott immigrated to Canada in 1948 and settled in Toronto where he worked as an assembler and welder at the Massey-Harris plant. He became a full-time organizer for the United Auto Workers in Canada (UAW) in 1954. He was elected Canadian Director of the UAW in 1968 and became an international vice-president of the union in 1970.
As leader of the Canadian UAW he also became a vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress. He left the UAW in 1978 to become president of the CLC.
McDermott was a social activist and civil liberties advocate and joined the Joint Labour Committee to Combat Racial Intolerance soon after arriving in Canada working with the committee to lobby for the enactment of Ontario's first Human Rights Code. He would later serve on the executive of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He led the Canadian UAW to support the California grape boycott in the 1960s and 1970s.
As UAW Canadian Director, McDermott led a campaign against wage controls being implemented by the government of Pierre Trudeau in 1975. Under McDermott, the CLC organized a 100,000 person protest against the federal Liberal government's economic policies in 1981.
Following his term as CLC president, McDermott was appointed Canada's ambassador to Ireland in 1986 and served in that position until 1989.
- "Memorial Service for Dennis McDermott Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine", Canadian Labour Congress, March 5, 2003 (accessed 3 November 2006).
- "McDermott, Dennis Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine", The Canadian Encyclopedia (accessed 3 November 2006).
- "Former CLC president Dennis McDermott dies at 80 Archived 2006-09-25 at the Wayback Machine", National Union of Public and General Employees, 14 February 2003 (accessed 3 November 2006).