Posted Tuesday June 30, 2020


Skills Ontario strengthens leadership from the private sector

New board members add expertise with special focus on construction

Skills Ontario announced the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors. This is a significant next step to expand Skills Ontario’s leadership in skilled trades and technologies in communities across Ontario.

“Skills Ontario has three decades of history, and we are focused on the future,” said Karen Creditor (right), Chair of Skills Ontario. “Our board of directors includes exceptional people who value education and employment in skilled trades and technology sectors. Our new directors make Skills Ontario even stronger and position us to help young people realize their full potential.”

The new directors include women and men with diverse expertise and experience, and proven track-records. They will ensure that Skills Ontario benefits from perspectives across different sectors and regions. The new directors are:


Andrew Pariser
Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON)

Alex Hocevar
The Hocevar Group

Bryan Arnold
Eastern Construction Co. Ltd

Clarice Ward
Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Jody Lundrigan
Centre for PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions

Mary Fuke
Skilled Trades Six Nations Polytechnic Inc.

Michael Sherrard
Sherrard Kuzz LLP

“Skills Ontario is focused on delivering exciting new initiatives for young people by teaming up with business leaders, parents, educators and alumni members.” said David Morley, Skills Ontario board member. “We are all dedicated to creating the next generation of talent in construction, advanced manufacturing, robotics and more.”

As Skills Ontario enters its fourth decade of delivering interactive, educational, and inspiring programs and initiatives, the Skills Ontario board of directors is setting its sights on the next stage of success. This will build on recent activities during the pandemic including the Women in Skilled Trades and Tech Conference, First Nations, Métis and Indigenous Conference, #SkillsAtHome Challenge Series, and Virtual Skills Contest and Awards.

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