Don Gosen, chair of the Board of Governors of the Ontario College of Trades (College)—professional regulatory body that regulates and promotes Ontario’s 156 trades in the public interest—today announced the appointment of George Gritziotis as Registrar and CEO, effective October 16, 2017.
Gritziotis replaces outgoing College Registrar and CEO David Tsubouchi, who had announced his decision to retire this past June.
“With George’s extensive industry and government experience he’s a natural fit to lead the College,” says Gosen, the newly elected chair of the Board.
Gritziotis has experience working in labour management partnerships in the construction, industrial, and services 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.
Most recently, Gritziotis worked at the Ministry of Labour as Ontario’s first Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and Associate Deputy Minister. As CPO, he worked to prevent and eliminate work-related injury, illness, and fatalities and he led several strategic initiatives to improve the health and safety of Ontario workers; these included the implementation of the province’s first Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy, the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review, mandatory health and safety awareness training, and standards for working at heights.
Before joining the ministry, Gritziotis served as founding executive director of the Construction Sector Council, a national organization committed to developing a highly skilled workforce to support the human resources needs of Canada’s construction industry. He also played a key role in the establishment of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and the Alliance of Sector Councils and through these initiatives, he established strong working relationships with labour and business leaders.
“I’m very honoured to take on the position of Registrar & CEO of the Ontario College of Trades and to be able to offer my knowledge and appreciation of apprenticeship, the skilled trades, health and safety, and working with government in this important role,” said Gritziotis. “I look forward to working with the Board of Governors, divisional and trade boards, staff, government, stakeholders, and of course members, to create an environment where the skilled trades professionals’ workforce is known globally for its commitment to excellence and safety.”
As a first of its kind in Canada, the College is an industry-driven organization that protects the public interest by regulating and promoting the skilled trades.
The Ontario College of Trades’ (College) Board of Governors (Board) is pleased to announce the election of Don Gosen as its new chair effective September 1, 2017. Don succeeds Pat Blackwood whose term comes to a close after serving as chair for the past two years.
The Board would like to thank Pat for his nearly six years of invaluable service as a board member; four years as vice-chair and two years as chair. Engaging with hundreds of stakeholders across the province, Pat effectively elevated the skilled trades profession and encouraged youth to enter into rewarding skilled trades careers. He was also a member of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s Board of Directors representing the College.
Like Pat, Don grew up on the tools and is an electrician by trade. Don is the former president of Gosen Electric Limited, a non-unionized electrical company providing service to residential, commercial and residential dwellings across the Waterloo Region. Don operated the company for 38 years after taking over from his father in 1977.
Don is a graduate of Conestoga College, a licensed master electrician, former president of the Ontario Electrical League, and past chair of both the Grand Valley Construction Association and the Council of Ontario Construction Associations.
He was inducted into the Grand Valley Construction Association Hall of Fame in 2014, and currently works as an electrical instructor at Conestoga College.
As chair, Don will oversee board meetings and represent the College in various stakeholder engagements while providing leadership in the management and administration of the College’s regulatory and business operations.