Trades Today - Fall 2017

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An uplifting talk with mobile crane operator Brian Dwight


Celebrating the inaugural winners

S K I LL E D T RAD E S P R O U D AT T FC The people that help the REDS RISE


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Celebrating the inaugural winners who support the skilled trades



Brian rises to the occasion to find success


Discover the hidden talent that brings BMO field to life 2 MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

A message from our new Chair, Don Gosen


Expanding the discussion on diversity & inclusion in the trades


Guiding our members on best professional practices


ON THE COVER Brian Dwight, hoisting engineer - mobile crane operator 1

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR I joined the College’s board in December 2013, and was pleased to be elected chair in August of this year. From the beginning we’ve been dedicated to raising the profile of skilled trades careers and promoting apprenticeship opportunities. We will continue to promote the skilled trades as a viable career and work with parents, educators and industry leaders to find solutions to matters that affect Ontario’s skilled trades system. We’ll also continue to make sure apprentices are receiving the most up-to-date training by updating apprenticeship training standards to align with today’s technologies. This is vital as apprentices are an important aspect of any work team—they are the future of our skilled trades workforce and help keep Ontario competitive.

We need to send the message that the skilled trades are for everyone, and becoming certified can offer rewarding, well-paying and stable careers. A career in the trades is not only possible, but is needed to help Ontario renew its skilled trades workforce and build a stronger economy.

Finally, I would personally like to thank Pat Blackwood for this nearly six years of invaluable service as a board member, two of which he served as chair. Pat’s passion and commitment to the skilled trades has been inspiring as I begin to serve my role as board chair. Thank you.

Don Gosen

Chair, Board of Governors



s someone who’s worked on the tools and owned an electrical company for nearly four decades, I know how rewarding the skilled trades are. I also know the commitment and passion of Ontario’s tradespeople.

I look forward to working with our trade boards, divisional boards and stakeholders across all sectors to make sure we are adapting with industry changes and serving our members to the best of our ability.



s I reflect on my time as the College’s Registrar & CEO, one of the best parts of my job has been meeting face-to-face with those interested in a career in the skilled trades. I’ve travelled across the province, visiting many high schools, colleges, career fairs and industry events to promote skilled trades as a viable and well-paying career choice for anyone who has the right work ethic and passion. A career in the skilled trades should be more readily available for everyone, and the College will continue to be the foremost advocate of skilled trades and apprenticeships in Ontario. When the vision for the College began to take shape nearly a decade ago, it was revolutionary. It gave skilled trades professionals a voice to truly shape the direction of the trades, with a governance structure that’s responsive to their needs.

decisions which impact the skilled trades, and it must be tradespeople that set the course for their industry. I have seen first-hand the commitment of College staff, and the passion and dedication they have to supporting Ontario’s skilled trades community. I want to thank staff and all members of our governance structure for serving our members, protecting the public and working with stakeholders to improve standards and regulations. I feel confident that the College will continue to create respect for skilled trades professions and advance consumer protection. I also want to give a warm welcome to George Gritziotis whose role as Registrar & CEO will begin October 16, and welcome the College’s newly elected chair, Don Gosen. I wish you both every success in your new roles.

Before the College, decisions about the skilled trades were made with very little to no input from industry, and recommendations about the skilled trades often fell on deaf ears. At the College’s core is the understanding that it must be tradespeople that make the

David Tsubouchi

COLLEGE NAMES NEW REGISTRAR & CEO The College is pleased to welcome George Gritziotis as its new Registrar & CEO, effective October 16, 2017. Gritziotis replaces outgoing College Registrar and CEO David Tsubouchi, who announced his decision to retire this past June. Gritziotis has experience working in labour management partnerships in the construction, industrial, and service sectors on human resource development issues. He’s also managed a number of national industry groups and projects on issues ranging from apprenticeship and training to labour market information.

Outgoing Registrar & CEO



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Chair, Trades and Apprenticeship, Motive Power Trades – Conestoga College

Awarded for increasing dual credit opportunities for Waterloo high school students entering post-secondary skilled trades programs and encouraging women to enter the skilled trades by hosting various workshops including Jill of All Trades. Stephen’s collaboration on a proposal to the Ontario Council on Articulation and


Program Coordinator, Ontario Youth Apprentice Cook & Baker Program – Humber College

Awarded for his involvement in promoting and supporting the culinary trades, managing and supporting apprentice cooks and institutional cooks, and supporting students and apprentices in advancing their careers. James grew the Apprentice Cook program to over 240 students annually (largest in Ontario), redesigned Humber’s program curriculum to align with current industry standards and was one of the team managers for Humber’s 2016 gold-medal winning team at the Culinary Olympics in Germany.


The Ontario College of Trades is pleased to announce the nine inaugural winners of our annual Chair’s Award of Excellence. Winners are recognized for having made a difference in apprenticeships and skilled trades throughout Ontario.


Executive Director – Skills Ontario

Awarded for developing and delivering programs which elevate apprenticeships and skilled trades careers, including the annual Skills Ontario Competition (the largest of its kind in Ontario), Skills Works summer camps and in-school presentations. Gail is also recognized for her development of initiatives geared towards encouraging Indigenous people and young women to consider a career in the skilled trades. Many students who participate in these programs/initiatives pursue careers in the skilled trades. Transfer (ONCAT) will create a pathway for journeypersons to obtain an Ontario teacher’s certificate and help resolve the projected high school trade teacher shortage. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.

ALGONQUIN COLLEGE’S APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM Awarded for their continued support and inclusion of underrepresented groups, encouraging the participation of people with disabilities in the trades and for hosting a number of annual student events to promote the trades, including Women in Trades. Algonquin College has been a leader in training apprentices for over 40 years. They have consistently grown with a 92 per cent utilization rate in 2016/17. Algonquin offers diversified training modes for pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and provides additional academic support when needed, through the Apprenticeship Success Centre.

COLLEGE OF CARPENTERS AND ALLIED TRADES (CCAT) Established in 1986, CCAT the largest training delivery agent for general carpentry and floor covering apprenticeships in Ontario. Over the past 16 years, they have provided in-class training for over 6,500 apprentices and 2,080 pre-apprentices. CCAT promotes and supports the trades by hosting open houses, workshops, presentations and hands-on teaching opportunities to students. They also have special outreach events targeting underrepresented groups, assigns mentors for female apprentices, and offer paid pre-apprenticeship programs for youth-at-risk.

Nominations were open from February 27 until March 31 and criteria for the award included • Demonstrates outstanding support for apprenticeship in Ontario, including promotion, diversity, consistent training, and completion; • Delivers innovative training and support for apprentices or demonstrates longstanding success in completion rates and outcomes; • Demonstrates outstanding leadership as ambassadors to increase the sustainability and promotion of Ontario’s skilled trades.


Coordinator, Motorcycle & Powersports Program - Centennial College

Awarded for developing and supporting Centennial College’s pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship program, assisting with the Red Seal exam bank and supporting apprentices as they prepare for their Certificate of Qualification exams. Roy has gathered a very diverse vehicle collection for student technicians to learn on.


Executive Director – Collision Industry Information Assistance

Awarded for his commitment to organizing Certificate of Qualification preparation courses and offering free of charge pre-apprenticeship orientations and workshops at multiple locations for those interested in becoming auto body and collision damage repairers.


Vice President, Corporate Administration & Human Resources ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Awarded for her dedication and guidance assisting apprentices with placements. Katrina and ArcelorMittal Dofasco, are employer sponsors in 14 trades, maintain 100 active apprentices, hire approximately 30 new apprentices annually and have trained more than 2,000 apprentices. Apprentices work with a variety of departments to ensure they receive full and in-depth training in all competencies and safety protocols. Employees also participate in open houses, career fairs and visit schools to promote careers in the trades.

Director of Training – United Association Local 46, Plumbers, Steamfitters and Welders

Awarded for his mentorship and support of apprentices throughout their training, increasing apprenticeship completion rates, and for providing consistent training to a very high standard. Vince increased Local 46’s plumbing, steamfitting and welding apprentices from 350 to over 1500. Over 90 per cent of pre-apprentices complete the in-class portion of the program and 100 percent continue with the Local 46 as registered apprentices. In addition to the mandatory in-class training, all apprentices complete an additional 250 hours of in-class training at no-additional cost.

COLLEGE HOSTS FIRST EVER DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SYMPOSIUM O ver the next 10 years, Canada will lose hundreds of thousands of skilled tradespeople due to retirements. Guiding young people, women, Indigenous Peoples, new Canadians and persons with disabilities into these in-demand sectors is the key to filling the skills gap, and the Ontario College of Trades (College) is doing its part to help.


The College hosted its first-ever diversity and inclusion symposium this past June. The goal of the symposium was to explore ways of working together and strengthen opportunities to retain, upskill and increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the skilled trades. Wendy Cukier, Founder & Director of the Diversity Institute, and Professor, “All stakeholders have a collective reInformation Technology Management at the Ted Rogers School of Management, sponsibility to identify, share and work Ryerson University, giving her keynote address. together to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives that will help strengthen Ontario’s skilled “We’ve seen evidence that the percentage of women in the trades workforce,” said Pat Blackwood, former chair of the skilled trades is increasing, though not as quickly as we College’s Board of Governors during his opening remarks. would like, and immigrants and racialized minorities still face barriers,” says Dr. Wendy Cukier, founder/director of Seven speakers—including Sarah Watts-Rynard, executive the Ryerson Diversity Institute and one of the participants director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and John of the symposium. Norris, executive director of the Collision Industry Information Assistance and winner of the College’s Chair’s Sally Harvey, director of education and labour development Award of Excellence, spoke of the challenges and how we of Landscape Ontario, agrees. Harvey views diversity in can break down barriers to encourage traditionally underthe workforce as a critical component to any business: “It’s represented groups into the skilled trades and apprenticesmart business, it makes sense…we’ve got to come together ship programs. and start partnering to create those solutions.” The College aims to break down these barriers through some of its own initiatives, and will continue to work with FOR MORE INFORMATION about diversity and industry leaders who have similar interests and goals. the skilled trades visit



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he Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the most prestigious events of its kind, attracting nearly half a million people annually to the city.

…there are so many interesting jobs in the trades. JOHN SZTEJNMILER Entertainment industry power technician

Behind the twinkling lights and the glamourous film sets is a facet of the industry which is often overlooked when attending movie screenings – the skilled trades. According to the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ontario has supported over 35,000 skilled trade jobs within the film and television industry and has contributed almost $2 billion to the province’s economy. “(In the film industry) there are all kinds of jobs. Especially compared to other industries where there are layoffs, plant closings but in the trades there is all kinds

of work,” says John Sztejnmiler, an entertainment industry power technician. “When you pick a trade, you can pick where you’d like to work in the country.” Throughout his 32 year career, Sztejnmiler has travelled across the country from coast to coast several times and has been as far as Alaska. He stresses there are more and more opportunities for young people to get involved in the trades, as many licensed tradespeople are retiring. “Kids who are in high school should look into the trades before they decide on going to post-secondary school, there are so many interesting jobs in the trades. Plus, they’ll have work for a long time,” says Sztejnmiler.

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From downtown rooftops to soaring above Parliament Hill, it looks like tradespeople have some of the best views of our province. ile crane operator st Karola Dirnberger, and mob Chef La-toya Fagan, hairstyli . sion oses Micr nce fere Con stry Brian Dwight at the TIFF Indu

Congrats to Bart and Moe on winning tickets to a TIFF screening for sharing their skilled trades photo. Follow the College on Twitter (@CollegeofTrades) and Instagram (collegeoftrades) for updates, events and a chance to win prizes and other giveaways.

Trade professionals throughout Canada agree that the skilled trades are your ticket to venturing throughout the country and offers unconventional opportunities, beyond the regular nine-to-five. “I like to be a part of something that is bigger than me and that is appreciated on different levels by the general population,” says Karola Dirnberger of her illustrious career as a hairstylist to the stars. Dirnberger’s credits include Cinderella Man, the Twilight Trilogy and Oscar-winning Spotlight, and has been in the business for over 30 years. When asked what motivates her through grueling schedules and long nights, she says, “You’re asked to produce something that hasn’t been done before and every day there’s a new adventure. Who doesn’t want a new adventure every day?” Ontario remains Canada’s leading powerhouse in film and television production for the sixth consecutive year.

Every $1 million spent creates 21 jobs in the skilled trades sector.

Bart Golebiewski @bartskii HVAC takes me to awesome places #skilledtrades #TIFF17 #notadeskjob

“I’m a huge advocate for people getting into the skilled trades,” says Latoya Fagon, chef and owner of Twist Catering, the hospitality partner at TIFF and personal chef to the Toronto Raptors. “It’s the way of the future.” Initially interested in pursuing a career in advertising and graphic design, Fagon developed a passion for cooking following a shift in responsibility in her family home. She began cooking for her family and eventually enrolled in post-secondary courses for culinary arts. “It’s so personal and something we can all share,” says Fagon when asked about what she enjoys most in her in her field. “I never had intentions of becoming a chef, it just served a purpose and my purpose became my passion.” FOR MORE INFORMATION check out the College’s apprenticeship website

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A cut above BRIAN DWIGHT: I own Dwight Crane [worldwide entertainment crane company with offices in Ajax and Los Angeles]. I bought my first crane when I was 19 years old—I sold everything I owned which wasn’t much. I came up with $5,000 and borrowed $10,000 to buy the crane and that was the beginning. TT: Did you start your career as a hoisting engineer - mobile crane operator, or were you doing something else prior to entering the trades? BD: I got my ticket right after I bought the crane and I started working in light construction. I was an arts student but not at any fancy college—I went to trade school, Sir Robert L. Borden in Scarborough. They were giving away the crane operator licence 43 years ago when I got it and there wasn’t anyone to account for what the trades really do, until now. TT: How important is the work of the Ontario College of Trades? BD: I absolutely think what the College does is so necessary. I’ve had a licence for many years and I’ve definitely seen a shortage because the industry has grown so much, there’s got to be more properly trained and certified crane operators. Many of the shoots we travel to don’t require a licence to operate a crane and every time, we see horrific accidents. Bad things can happen to untrained people.

TT: How did you end up in the position you are today—as the owner of Dwight Crane Ltd; a very successful crane, aerial and LRX lighting equipment and construction business? BD: I got my start in film when a production company called wanting to move a small statue on a set in Toronto. They’d called every crane company in the city and no one could do it but they said I was kinda weird, that maybe I could do it. It’s good to be different—recognizing your strengths, and your weaknesses. Now we’re close to 500 cranes working on 100-200 TV shows, films and commercials at a time, around the world. TT: How has the trade and the equipment that you’ve used evolved in the past 40 years? BD: Oh man, it’s changed the world. From lights on stands to fully robotic systems that keep operators out of harm’s way. That was always my fear—putting people in aerial lift equipment for film lighting—that someday, someone might be killed. After enduring that worry for a few years, we started improvising on the lighting side, modifying a film light to make it robotic so that operators wouldn’t have to go up in the air. We decided to build our own robotic lighting systems here in Canada. It’s all about knowing what you’re good at and building around it. And ask—if you don’t know how to do something; ask, ask, ask, ask, ask.


Trades Today: Can you tell me a bit about yourself, where you’re from, and how you first started working as a hoisting engineer - mobile crane operator 1?

TT: Do you have mentors and personal heroes? BD: A lot of my success has been gained from meeting with people. My personal hero from the lighting side would be Wally Mills of Cinemills in L.A. When we decided to build our own lighting crane systems from scratch, I looked up the largest film lighting manufacturer in the world and it’s Wally’s company. So I flew to Burbank and I didn’t make an appointment. I went straight to his office and said to the front desk, “I’d really like to meet Wally Mills.” The rest is history—he gave me all the technical knowledge to build the lights we make—and we’re still friends today. Nothing’s better than meeting face to face. TT: What kind of actions or decisions had the biggest impact on your career? BD: The most difficult time I had was when I doubled in size, when I bought the second crane. I initially didn’t have enough money and the bank wouldn’t lend it to me but I finally talked them into it. But then I had to hire a crane operator and I was having to feed another person, sharing the profits. Buying the third crane, the fourth, the fifth, and so on, the impact was less and less each time.

TT: Can you tell me what your favourite thing is about what you do? Do you have any great memories or favourite anecdotes you could share? BD: It’s the people who work on set, not the movie stars. We have similar interests and the skill and intelligence level is huge. And the locations; Belfast, Hawaii, all over the world. Michael Bay, director of Transformers called and asked personally for my cranes to be on his set quickly so we made it happen. That’s a cool call to get.

TT: What kind of advice would you give to young people wanting to get in to the skilled trades today? BD: Follow your wants and dreams— don’t let anyone tell you can’t do something. I also tell people to call me and ask. People gave me so much in the beginning, I want to give back what I was given.



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“They’re integral to the operation,” says Bryan Leslie, director of Building Operations at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). Leslie is a certified refrigeration & air conditioning systems mechanic by trade and is the lead on all MLSE facilities for the past 10 years. “Most people take electricity and the wash-

Edgar Sanchez (left), head carpenter & Adam Burgess, electrician



ozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco might be soccer all-stars on the pitch for Toronto FC’s 2017 record breaking season, but when it comes to preparing and maintaining BMO Field, Canada’s first soccer specific stadium, Ontario’s skilled tradespeople are the starting lineup.

Bryan Leslie, Director of Building Operations, MLSE

People in the trades are going to be the ones that change the face of how we build our events BRYAN LESLIE Director of Building Operations Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment

rooms for granted, but without those things, there is no event. There are so many people behind the scenes in the trades that pull it all together.” The stadium is also home to the Toronto Argonauts, Canada’s national soccer teams and has hosted numerous events including the MLS Cup, the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, and most recently, the NHL Centennial Classic. For all live events, MLSE aims to deliver the best-in-class service experience for everyone in attendance. While an average Toronto FC game brings approximately 27,000 fans to the stadium, many don’t realize that without the hard work and dedication of tradespeople, these events would not exist. “There is a lot of work put into making sure your experience is seamless,” says

Edgar Sanchez, BMO Field’s head carpenter. His team takes care of anything maintenance related, including converting the field from the Argos to Toronto FC layout. Sanchez was inspired by the different aspects involved in the trade. “You can choose to be a cabinetmaker or build a beautiful house from the ground up. Everything is made by your own hands. Seeing what you’ve made gives you that satisfaction.” When it comes to a stadium environment, thinking ahead is crucial. “We’re always preparing for the next event,” says Adam Burgess, the facility’s only electrician. Safety is BMO Field’s priority and Burgess relies upon the other tradespeople in the stadium to ensure any potential hazards are resolved before the event begins. “It’s really a team environment,” continues Burgess. “As

you work through a project, sometimes it feels like it will never end, that it’s too challenging, but when you put it all together, make it work, at the end of the day, it’s very satisfying.” The Toronto FC team is not limited to just the players on the field, but includes the tradespeople that keep the lights on, the grass green, and the goal posts up. Their commitment and long working hours deserves recognition. “People in the trades are going to be the ones that change the face of how we build our events and how we do what we do, it’s the ingenuity that they bring to the table,” says Leslie. “I think everybody who’s looking at a career, if they don’t consider this (trades), they’re leaving so much behind. The opportunities are boundless.”



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NEW CODE OF ETHICS APPLIES TO ALL COLLEGE MEMBERS Code of Ethics guides members on best professional practices


ntarians want to hire and work with tradespeople who have the right training and are held to a high professional standard. This is good news for College members. The new Code of Ethics applies to College members in all membership classes, and will help boost the trades by increasing public confidence. The Code of Ethics is intended to provide members with greater clarity about how to engage in the practice of their trades in the most professional way possible—recognizing that the great majority of members already display high levels of professionalism and pride in their certification.

“The Code of Ethics accurately reflects the changing landscape of the skilled trades,” says Don Gosen, chair of the College’s Board of Governors. “Members are viewed as professionals who have pride in their certification and are held to the highest standard.” The Code of Ethics lets the public know that our members are expected to live up to high standards of conduct, that they are accountable to the College as regulator, and that a fair complaints and discipline process is in place. It’s important that all members are aware of the Code of Ethics and their obligation in following its contents so they can apply its principles to their daily work.

CODE OF ETHICS AT A GLANCE Using best practices from other regulatory bodies and the College’s own experiences, the Code of Ethics covers the following for all members: • Duty to perform work in a trade and meet their responsibilities to clients, the public, and other members and tradespeople, honourably, ethically and with integrity. • Professional obligations with respect to the practice of a trade, and their responsibilities to clients, including: - Duties of courtesy, competence, honesty, and respect for example, a duty to only perform work in a trade for which the member is competent, and a duty to not engage in abusive behaviour toward a client. - Duties related to advertising and communications for example, a duty to permanently display their certificate of qualification or statement

of membership in a noticeable place at their place of business. - Duties related to business and billing practices for example, a duty to provide a client with a written contract where required by law or requested by the client. • Duties in their relationships to apprentices, employees, tradespeople, and members of other professions or occupations, including: - Duties of courtesy, good faith, and respect for example, a duty to be courteous and civil with all persons that the member encounters in their work, and a duty to abstain from discrimination and harassment. - Duties related to training for example, a duty on the part of sponsors to ensure that all the terms and conditions in a registered training agreement are followed.

- Duty to act lawfully for example, a duty to comply with all legislation relevant to the employment and supervision of others. • Duties in their relationship with the College, including: - Duty of honesty with respect to any College application, assessment, evaluation or examination process - Duty to respond to College communications completely and in writing - Duty to cooperate with the College - Duty to prevent the unauthorized practice of a compulsory trade.

TO READ the complete Code of Ethics, please visit


CARPENTRY Local 785 Cambridge 1 Eric Peicheff Local 2486 Sudbury 2nd Eric Lalonde rd Ottawa 3 Adam Goyette Local 93 st

Important notice regarding payments To ensure payments are made in the most secure way, effective September 1, 2017, the College no longer accepts cash payments received by mail. On January 1, 2018 we will no longer accept cash payments at our service counter at 655 Bay Street, Toronto.


The following payment options remain available:


• Cheques (non-postdated) • Money orders • Cash payments made at major chartered banks in Canada • Visa, MasterCard or American Express • Debit Carpenter’s Provincial Apprenticeship Contest Carpenters’ Local 1669 hosted their 2017 annual provincial carpentry, acoustic & drywall and floor covering apprenticeship contest between June 13 and 15 in Thunder Bay. Each participant was required to complete a written exam that tested mathematical and theoretical knowledge, followed by construction of a practical project judged by industry experts, including the Ontario College of Trades. Congratulations to all participants & winners:

1st Kelsey Morrissette Local 675 Toronto 2nd Pierre Myre Local 2486 Sudbury rd 3 Danick Fauvelle Local 93 Ottawa

1st Mike McLaughlin Local 27 Toronto 2nd Andrew Moore Local 1669 Thunder Bay 3rd Zacharie Lavoie Local 93 Ottawa Updated standards available on the College’s website As of July 1, 2017, the College updated the 445A appliance service technician training standard to include new skills for appliances with smart technology. As of September 1, 2017, the College implemented new curriculum standards for: • 456A welder and 437A metal fabricator apprenticeship programs (joint common core Level 1), and; • 447A instrumentation and control technician Red Seal exam available for concrete (cement) finisher trade on January 1, 2018 The first ever interprovincial Red Seal exam for the trade of cement (concrete) finisher will be available in Ontario as of January 1, 2018.

Once released, individuals will be able to achieve a Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) on their Certificate of Qualification (C of Q). The RSE is a professional designation that recognizes the knowledge, skills and experience of the journeyperson. The introduction of the RSE does not impact the voluntary status of the cement (concrete) finisher trade; holding and maintaining a valid C of Q remains voluntary for this trade. Heads-up for future hairstylist apprentices Effective January 1, 2018 newly registered hairstylist apprentices will be required to complete a practical assessment as well as the written examination, in order to obtain certification in the hairstylist trade. Although the first practical assessments will not take place until early 2019, those apprentices registering in 2018 must be aware of the new certification requirement. Stay tuned for further details in 2018.

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es, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional. By Order dated April 4, 2017, a panel of the Discipline Committee: 1. ordered the member to pay a $500 fine; 2. reprimanded the member and ordered that the fact of the reprimand be recorded on the Public Register of the Ontario College of Trades for a period of one (1) year; 3. ordered the member to pay costs to the College in the amount of $2,000; and,


Decision & Order

The Discipline Committee is an independent adjudicative tribunal of the Ontario College of Trades that holds public hearings to review allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence against members of the College in a manner that is fair, transparent and in the public interest.

4. ordered that the panel’s finding be published on the College’s website and in the official publication of the College, including the name of the member and his business name and address (Halling Electrical & Mechanical, 176 Ellis Avenue, Toronto, M6S 2X2). Ron F. Reaume (member no. 13179203 – sheet metal worker, and residential air conditioning systems mechanic) of Tilbury, Ont., was found to have engaged in professional misconduct in that he:

Eric Halling (member no. 13213947 – electrician – construction and maintenance) of Toronto, Ont., was found to have engaged in professional misconduct in that he:

a) undertook work that he knew, or ought to have known, he was not competent to perform by virtue of certification, training and experience;

a) failed to take reasonable steps to safeguard the life, health or property of a person who may be affected by the work of any person for whom he is responsible, when he knew or ought to have known that there was a risk to life, health or property;

b) acted or failed to act, in respect to the practice of a trade, in a manner that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional; and;

b) failed to act to correct or report a situation that he knew or ought to have known may endanger the safety or welfare of the public; c) undertook work that he knew or ought to have known that his employees were not competent to perform by virtue of their certification, training and experience. d) was found guilty of contravening a law that is relevant to his suitability to hold a certificate of qualification; and e) acted or failed to act, in respect to the practice of a trade, in a manner that, having regard to all the circumstanc-

c) engaged in the practice of a compulsory trade without a certificate of qualification in that trade and used the title of a compulsory trade or an abbreviation of the title of a compulsory trade to describe himself in his work without holding a certificate of qualification in that trade that is not suspended. By Order dated July 17, 2017, a panel of the Discipline Committee: 1. ordered the member to pay a $1,000 fine; 2. reprimanded the member and ordered that the fact of the reprimand be recorded on the Public Register of the Ontario College of Trades for a period of one (1) year;

3. ordered the member to pay costs to the College in the amount of $1,500; and, 4.ordered that the panel’s finding be published on the College’s website and in the official publication of the College, including the name of the member and his business name and address (Reaume Heating and Cooling, PO Box 275, Tilbury, N0P 2L0.


Sprinkler and fire protection installer trade implementation changes The sprinkler and fire protection installer trade is now a compulsory trade. Any individual practising this trade must legally be a member of the College. In an effort to clarify application of qualification requirements for the sprinkler and fire protection installer trade, including work elements, the College will continue to post interpretation bulletins on its website— Client services call centre operating hours changed The Client Services Call Centre hours of operation are now Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

17th Annual Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day Celebrate and recognize the contributions of child care workers in Ontario on October 25, 2017. For more information, please visit



Over 15 million people are estimated to have been affected by power outages after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. According to former vice-chair of the Board of Governors of the College, Rob Brewer, Florida residents received a helping hand from some of the province’s utility arborists. A group of 21 from Wilderness Environmental Services from Sault Ste. Marie travelled to Florida to help electricians get customers back on the grid. Brewer is president of the company and said his crew could be in Florida for as long as two months clearing debris. Please contact us at editor@ if you know of other skilled tradespeople making the trip south to help in the rebuilding efforts. source: CBC News

WHERE MEMBERS CAN GO TO HELP become-a-volunteer#step1

1. Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Jennifer Cooper at the Mechanical Contractors Association of Toronto, with their Executive Vice President, Brian McCabe.

2. Outgoing Registrar & CEO David Tsubouchi speaking at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference, in Ottawa. volunteer

3. College staff at the 2017 Honda Indy Toronto.

4. Stakeholder Relations Coordinator, Alanna Golloher, interviewing electrician Adam Burgess at BMO Field. 5. Chef La-toya Fagon filming soundbites on Festival Street during TIFF 2017. 6. Client Services Team Lead, Rahim Ladha and Client Services Consultant, Adriana Guzman hand out popcorn samples during Festival Street during TIFF 2017. ( photo courtesy of BlogTO)



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