Manufacturing AUTOMATION

The Ontario College of Trades builds governance

November 18, 2011
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

The Ontario College of Trades Board of Governors has chosen a Chair and a permanent Registrar-Chief Executive Officer.

The Board of Governors elected Ron Johnson as their Chair. Johnson is the deputy director of Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario and the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre. He has been a strong advocate of apprenticeship training in Ontario and forged strong relationships between labour and management, and provided stakeholder input on apprenticeship reform to industry and government. Johnson is also a former Member of Provincial Parliament.

Bob Guthrie has been brought on board to lead the College’s staff as Registrar and chief executive officer. Guthrie is the former chief executive officer of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, where he served for seven years. He has nearly 30 years of experience working with trades and apprenticeship, as well as an extensive knowledge of industry standards and labour market needs.

Guthrie will assume his role full-time in the new year.


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