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Welcome to the web-home of the College of Trades Appointments Council (the Council) - an Operational Service Agency of the Ontario Government.

The Council, independent of the Ontario College of Trades, is charged with the duty of seeking out and appointing candidates to positions within the College’s governance structure (Board of Governors, Divisional Boards, Trade Boards and roster of adjudicators).

Individuals selected for appointment may serve terms of up to three years. However, individuals may not serve more than six consecutive years without taking a one year break from their appointed board or the roster. These positions are part time. Members are generally expected to meet a few times (Trade Boards) to several times (Board of Governors) per year (see “Position Details” for more information).


The Ontario College of Trades is a self-governing body created to protect public interest by regulating and promoting Ontario’s skilled trades and apprenticeship system.

The Council makes all appointments to the College’s:

  • twenty-one member Board of Governors,
  • four divisional boards (representing the construction, industrial, motive power and service sectors) each of which has a chair (selected from the Board of Governors) and four additional members comprised equally of employers and employees,
  • trade boards (for a trade or group of trades) comprised equally of employers and employees, and
  • roster of adjudicators who review, in a neutral and impartial manner, journeyperson to apprentice ratios, and whether a trade should be compulsory or voluntary.

Interested in serving on a board or the roster? Find out more in “How to Apply”!


STATUS - All Positions
The Council is accepting all applications whether a position is currently filled or not. Open positions are listed in the Vacancies page.

UPCOMING APPOINTMENT TERM END DATES
The following is a list of upcoming appointment end dates up to December 31, 2015 for Board of Governors, Divisional and Trade Boards and Roster of Adjudicators positions

I WANT TO APPLY
Application Requirements and the Application Form are on our How to Apply page.

EXPENSES
Jan - Mar 2015 Updated 07/31/2015
Apr - Jun 2015

MULTI-YEAR BUSINESS PLAN
2014 - 2015

ANNUAL REPORT
2013 - 2014

 

 

The College of Trades Appointments Council

The College of Trades Appointments Council (the 'Council') was established by the Government of Ontario in July 2010 under section 63 of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (the ‘Act’) as an Operational Service Agency, responsible to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The Act stipulates that the Appointments Council shall be composed of a chair and eight other members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TRADES AND APPRENTICESHIP ACT, 2009



How the Council Members are Selected - Public Appointments Secretariat

Members of the Appointments Council are recruited through the Public Appointments Secretariat which publishes on its website information on the principles governing the Public Appointments Process and How to Apply for a public appointment position.

The Appointments Council - Mandate

The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 establishes that the Council has a duty to appoint to the Ontario College of Trades:

  • the members of the board (of governors);
  • the members of divisional and trade boards; and
  • the members of the roster of adjudicators.

The Act also directs the Council to take into account, across the total appointments to the College, the importance of reflecting:

  • Ontario's English and French duality;
  • the diversity of Ontario's population;
  • gender balance;
  • representation from unionized and non-unionized and from large, medium and small business environments; and
  • the various geographic areas of Ontario named in a Board regulation.

The Council ensures that recruitment and selection are conducted in an open, fair, and transparent manner.

Appointments made by the Council support the Ontario College of Trades in its mandate to build the profile of individuals who make up the skilled trades sector, to foster greater opportunities for apprentices, and in playing an active role in how tradespersons are trained and certified for the job.

 

Members of the Appointments Council

Tim Armstrong, Chair

Mr. Armstrong is a labour lawyer, mediator and arbitrator who has held a range of senior positions in government, including Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Deputy Minister of Labour, Agent General for Ontario, Asia/Pacific Region, Tokyo; Deputy Minister of Industry Trade and Technology, and Consultant and Advisor on Economic Development to the Premier of Ontario. A resident of Toronto, Mr. Armstrong has served on the Council since July 14, 2011.

Karyn Brearley

Karyn Brearley is CEO and Executive Director of the Yves Landry Foundation and has more than 15 years executive level leadership experience within the education environment. Her career has taken her to adult education in the private, public sector and now, not-for-profit. She strongly advocates for life-long learning, choosing careers in the trades, and encouraging young women to consider the skilled trades as viable career options. She has served on the MTCU Apprenticeship Awards Committee, the Canadore College Board of Governors, and is currently serving on the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Board of Governors.

Patrick Dillon

Patrick Dillon is the business manager and secretary treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. Mr. Dillon has also served as executive chairman of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and he is a member of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. A certified electrician, Mr. Dillon is a director and past president of the Ontario Construction Secretariat and the Construction Safety Association. He is also a director of the DeNovo Treatment Centre and the Corrections Canada Advisory Board. A resident of Hamilton, Mr. Dillon has served on the Appointments Council since May 19, 2010.

Ian Thomas Howcroft

Ian Howcroft is the Vice President of the Ontario Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). He joined CME (formerly the Canadian Manufacturer's Association) in 1988 as an Employee Relations Policy Advisor. Mr. Howcroft is a member of the Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board. His professional memberships include Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Centre for Workplace Skills and Skills Canada. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Hugh Laird

Hugh Laird is executive director of the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre (IFSTC) and the Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario (ISCA). Mr. Laird studied engineering at Seneca College and apprenticed as a boilermaker once he completed his studies. He finished his training in 1974 and worked as both a tradesman and business manager until his appointment to the IFSTC and ISCA in 1993. For the past 17 years, Mr. Laird has operated the largest drywall training centre in North America, assisting thousands of young men and women to complete their apprenticeships. Mr. Laird has a long history of working with the provincial government to advance trades training in Ontario, and has served on the Appointments Council since May 19, 2010.

Gail Smyth

As executive director of Skills Canada-Ontario, Gail Smyth is a leader in promoting careers in the skilled trades and technologies to young people in Ontario. She has served on the Minister of Education's Curriculum Council, the National Committee for Promotion of Careers in the Skilled Trades, and the Waterloo Business and Education Council. She was an advisor on co-op education to Conestoga College for robotics, woodworking, and food and beverage programs. A resident of Kitchener, Ms. Smyth has served on the Appointments Council since May 19, 2010.

Allan West

Allan West is a vice president and director of the K.J. Beamish Group of Companies. Mr. West has been involved in estimating and project management of road work projects for more than 30 years. He is treasurer and secretary of the Coalition of Concerned Construction Employers and is a member of the Project Management Institute and through his company, the Ontario Road Builder's Association, the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association and the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. In 1986, he worked with the Ontario Women's Directorate to introduce a program to encourage women to pursue careers in road building. A resident of Ajax, Mr. West has served on the Appointments Council since May 19, 2010.

Teresa Weymouth

Terry Weymouth is an experienced Unifor National Skilled Trades Union Education Coordinator and a 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician Journeyperson. She brings a passionate commitment and advocacy for the promotion of trades, through both education and by example. Ms. Weymouth regularly helps deliver opportunities for Canadians to engage in skills training and pre-apprenticeship programs. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Women's Enterprise Skills Training "We Succeed Beyond the Status Quo" Advisory Committee, the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, Level Best Women's Advancement Project Advisory Committee, and as a board member of the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women.

Norman Wolfson

Norman Wolfson is president of Lecours Wolfson Ltd, a recruitment firm servicing the North American foodservice and hospitality industry. Mr. Wolfson has been active in the industry since 1980. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for Foodservice & Hospitality magazine and has served on the program advisory committee for the hotel management program at George Brown College in Toronto. Mr. Wolfson is also a member of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association and he served on the selection committee for the Ontario Hostelry Institute's Top 30 Under 30 Award from 2005 to 2009. A resident of Toronto, Mr. Wolfson has been served on the Appointments Council since May 19, 2010.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the College of Trades Appointments Council (‘Appointments Council’ or ‘Council’)?

The College of Trades Appointments Council (the 'Council') was established by the Government of Ontario in May 2010 under section 63 of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (the Act) as an independent Operational Service Agency, responsible to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

All members of the Appointments Council (one Chairperson and eight members) are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

The Council is mandated to make appointments to the governance structure of the Ontario College of Trades, comprising the College’s Board of Governors, Divisional Boards, Trade Board and Roster of Adjudicators.

What does the Council do?

The Council is mandated to make all appointments to the Ontario College of Trades’ governance structure (Board of Governors, Divisional Boards, Trade Boards and Roster of Adjudicators).

How are the Ontario College of Trades' boards structured?

There are three types of boards. The appointment selection is mandated to take into account the diversity and geography of Ontario's population, including English and French linguistic duality, gender balance, unionized and non-unionized workplaces and small, medium and large business environments.

The Board of Governors is composed of 21 members:

  • Sixteen representing the trades, comprising four members appointed from each of the four trade sectors (Construction, Industrial, Motive Power and Service),
  • Four persons representing the public, and
  • One person representing of the colleges of applied arts and technology.

Four Divisional Boards, one for each of the Construction, Industrial, Motive power, and Service sectors, comprise four members each, plus one Chair selected from the sector representatives appointed to the Board of Governors.

Trade Boards represent a trade or cluster of trades. Trade boards shall have no fewer than four and no greater than twelve positions and will be composed of an equal number of members representing employee and employer perspectives.

When can I apply for board positions?

Interested persons may apply at any time – whether or not there is a vacancy for the desired position when the application is sent in. Submissions will be kept on file.

Board and roster members are appointed to terms of up to three years and may be reappointed to similar terms except that no appointee may serve on the same board (or on the roster) for more than six consecutive years but is eligible for reappointment after a one year absence.

Positions that are currently not filled can be reviewed on the Appointments Council website here: VACANCIES

Lists of current appointees and their terms of appointment are maintained by the Ontario College of Trades and may be found here:
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
DIVISIONAL BOARDS
TRADE BOARDS
ROSTER OF ADJUDICATORS

Please continue to monitor these sites for appointment opportunities and information.

Have all the positions been filled?

Vacant positions can be reviewed on the Appointments Council website here: VACANCIES

Lists of current appointees and their terms of appointment are maintained by the Ontario College of Trades and may be found here:
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
DIVISIONAL BOARDS
TRADE BOARDS
ROSTER OF ADJUDICATORS

Do Board and Roster members receive remuneration?

These part-time positions are remunerated, under the Ontario College of Trades’ by-law 8.0 (LINK), as follows:
  • Board of Governors: Chair ($450 per day), Member ($250 per day)
  • Divisional Boards: All Members ($250 per day)
  • Trade Boards: All Members ($250 per day)
  • Roster of Adjudicators: Panel Members ($400 per day)

How can I check on the status of my application?

Contact Us

Questions or comments on board or roster positions, vacancies, or the application process may be directed to the College of Trades Appointments Council at:

E-mail: appointments.council@ontario.ca

Telephone: 416-326-5629; 416-326-5638; 416-212-9521

Facsimile (fax): 416-326-5653

Mail:
College of Trades Appointments Council
23rd floor, Mowat Block
900 Bay Street Toronto, ON M7A 1L2

Questions or comments regarding trades, apprenticeship standards or curriculum, or anything to do with the College of Trades' operations should made directly to the The Ontario College of Trades - Contact Us page.