55th Annual Convention: October 20-21, 2012 Toronto, Ontario
The 55th Annual Convention of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario took place on October 21-22, 2012, at the Delta Toronto East Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. James St. John, Business Manager of the Central Ontario Building Trades, called the Convention to order and welcomed all the Delegates and Guests to Canada’s largest city.
The keynote speaker was Premier Dalton McGuinty who praised trades workers and thanked them for all their contributions to the construction industry, and to Ontario as a whole. Following the Premier’s speech was the Hon. Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Labour, who talked about the Ministry’s work on Prevention and on-the-job safety. Senator Art Eggleton spoke about the rise of income inequality in Canada, and he was followed by Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Rounding off the slate of morning speakers was Ontario’s first Chief Prevention Officer, George Gritziotis, who discussed the work that is being done by the Prevention Council and his team, to make sure that Ontario’s workplaces are the safest possible.
Other Convention speakers included: James Ledlie, Attorney at Law for Motley Rice LLC; Dipika Damerla, MPP for Mississauga-East Cooksville and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure; Robert Rothman, Partner at Robbins Geller Rudman and Dowd LLP; Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power; Sean Strickland, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Construction Secretariat; Ron Johnson, Chair of the Ontario College of Trades Board of Governors; and Bob Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs, Canadian Office of the Building and Construction Trades Department AFL-CIO.
Day two of the 55th Annual Convention featured Glen Murray, Minister of Training Colleges and Universities; Marie Lloyd, Executive Director of the De Novo Treatment Centre; Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; Mitzie Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance; Jeffrey Long, Partner at Koskie Minsky LLP; Carmine Tiano, Director of Occupational Services at the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, and Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour.
54th Annual Convention: October 20-21, 2011 Niagara Falls, Ontario
The 54th Annual Convention of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario took place on October 20-21, at the Fallsview Hilton Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Convention was called to order by Lincoln-Welland-Haldimand Building Trades Council Recording Secretary Treasurer Mich Sinclair, who gave a warm welcome to the 241 Convention Delegates, and 34 Guests.
The impressive roster of Guests and Speakers at the 2011 Convention is a testament to the Council’s reputation as the voice of construction workers in Ontario. A diverse set of issues were addressed and discussed, not only by the Speakers, but also by Convention Delegates, Guests, and media. A total of 15 Resolutions were passed by the Delegates, providing guidance on the actions and direction of the Council until the date of the 2012 Convention. Those in attendance also had an opportunity to attend a Welcoming Reception where diverse thoughts and ideas were discussed informally. Eight committees were struck in advance of the Convention, to help steer through the proceedings and ensure that Delegates convened in compliance with the Council’s Constitution and By-Laws.
Convention Speakers included: Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati and local MPP Kim Craitor; Sean McGarvey, Secretary Treasurer of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO who delivered the keynote address; George Gritziotis, Ontario’s first-ever Chief Prevention Officer; Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of the Construction Sector Council of Canada; Steve Mahoney, Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board; Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress; Laura Stein, Of Counsel for Robbins Geller Rudman and Dowd LLP; Len Crispino, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; Pierre Guimond, President of the Canadian Electricity Association; Brett McKenzie, National Representative of the General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee of Canada; Jim Coyle, Feature Writer and former Queen’s Park columnist for the Toronto Star; Marcel Wieder, President of Arrow Communications Group Inc.; Larry Brokenshire, Vice-President of Aecon Industrial; Jacqie Shartier, Executive Director of the De Novo Treatment Centre; Bernie Fishbein, Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board; John Tory, Chair of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance; Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx; David Hoyle, Attorney with Motley Rice Attorneys at Law; and Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour.
Convention 2011 Committee Assignments
Ken Walsh (Chair) – Insulators local 95
Joe Ellacott – Insulators local 95
David Gardner – Insulators local 95
John Swart – Insulators local 95
Jamie Bourne – Insulators local 95
Rules of Order Committee
James Hannah (Chair) – Ironworkers local 736
Brad Farrell – Elevator Constructors local 50
John Gibson – IBEW local 120
Kevin Bryenton (Chair) – Ironworkers District Council of Ontario
James Hogarth – UA local 46
Darren Mahoney – Ironworkers local 721
Bruno Mandic – Painters local 1891
Joe Beattie (Chair) – Hamilton-Brantford Building Trades Council
Sol Furer – Windsor-Essex Building Trades Council
James St. John – Central Ontario Building Trades Council
Peter Wall (Chair) – IBEW local 303
Mike Bannister – UA local 666
Mike Dix – Ironworkers local 721
Officers’ Report Committee
Ron Grice (Chair) – Millwrights local 1410
Jack Ferreira – Teamsters local 230
Bruce McNamara – Northeastern Ontario Building Trades Council
Reg White – Boilermakers local 128
John Grimshaw (Chair) – IBEW-CCO
Neil McCormick – UA Ontario Pipe Trades Council
Cosmo Mannella – LIUNA Ontario Provincial District Office
Joe Redshaw – Operating Engineers local 793
Terry Shannon – Elevator Constructors local 50
Ian McIsaac (Chair) – Millwrights Regional Council
John Smith – IBEW local 353
Michael Colfranceschi – IUPAT District Council 46
Jack Dowding – IBEW-CCO