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.