Board Chooses Chair, Registrar-Chief Executive Officer Hired

The Ontario College of Trades Builds Governance

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario College of Trades Board of Governors has chosen a Chair and a permanent Registrar-Chief Executive Officer has been named.

In a significant step forward, the Board of Governors elected Ron Johnson as their Chair.

Mr. 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 the Province of Ontario and forged strong relationships between labour and management, and provided stakeholder input on apprenticeship reform to industry and government. Mr. Johnson is also a former Member of Provincial Parliament.

In the same week, Bob Guthrie has been brought on board to lead the College's staff as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer for the College.

Mr. 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.

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

Ron Johnson, Chair, Ontario College of Trades, Board of Governors stated, "As a group, the Board of Governors is ready to begin the work in front of us. We consider it a big responsibility to stand as representatives for our respective trades and for the trades community as a whole. "

"What the College is setting out to do is ambitious and unique. I'm very pleased to be a part of this progressive organization that will elevate the Ontario's skilled trades to new heights, " says Bob Guthrie, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario College of Trades.

"These are signficant steps in the formation of the College," continued Mr. Johnson.


  • The Ontario College of Trades represents more than 150 skilled trades and 500,000 tradespersons and employers across the province.
  • When fully-operational, the College will:
    • Regulate persons practicing in skilled trades in Ontario and employers who employ them;
    • Promote trades and apprenticeship;
    • Give the skilled trades sector ownership of decisions critical to their practices and businesses


To learn more about the Ontario College of Trades, please visit our website.

SOURCE Ontario College of Trades

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