Tom Burpee (born 1885 or 1886) was elected the first leader of the Communist Party of Canada in May 1921. He was succeeded in December 1921 by William Moriarty. He remained active with the party for the rest of his life and was one of three founding members present at the party's fiftieth anniversary celebration in 1971.
- Conn Hughes, Barry (January 22, 1972). "Arise, Ye Prisoners of Starvation". Calgary Herald. Retrieved January 24, 2012.