For the past twenty four years Pauline has worked in the electrical distribution industry as a skilled tradesperson at Toronto Hydro. She began her career as a Labourer and after a few months entered into a 5 years apprenticeship program where she earned her Power Cable Journey Person Certification from the Municipal Electrical Association (MEA). For 2 years she expanded on her legal and communication capabilities in her role as Infrastructure Occupancy Rep., working with various Communication companies. Over the past 3 years she has incorporated the knowledge gained in the position of union leader to enhance her abilities and become an effective supervisor, emphasizing personal responsibility/accountability and the improvement of safe work practices of those under her stewardship.

Over twelve years Pauline Niles has been involved in a variety of non-for-profit organizations as a professional and volunteer. As the former elected President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local One (CUPE) from May 2006 to May 2008, she represented 1250 predominantly skilled trades-workers at Toronto Hydro. Pauline was the first woman and visible minority person to be elected president in the almost 100-year history of CUPE Local One. Versatile, with proven organisational, managerial and interpersonal skills, Pauline is also recognized as skilled negotiator who is well known for her abilities as a problem solver. Her experience includes working with senior leadership, specifically in the areas of Board development, governance and creating the marketing and implementation of strategic plans, establishing success in change and performance improvements.

? Former Board of Director Energy Credit Union for five years and presently serving as liaison.

? Former Board of Directors Queen West Community Health Centre & Shout Youth Health Clinic for three years.

? Former Board of Directors Kensington Bellwoods Community Legal Services for three years.

Sherri has more than 25 years of experience in communications and media. She was the Manager of Communications for the LCBO, Director of Communications for the Wine Council of Ontario and also managed communications at two regulatory bodies – the RECO which regulates the real estate industry and IIROC, the national regulatory body for the investment industry. She also held senior positions working for both federal and provincial cabinet ministers. She has won seven communications awards including two international awards for best newsletter, best annual report and best brand awareness campaign. Sherri was also a journalist for more than 12 years and won a national newspaper award early in her career. She is the sponsorship chair for the Ontario Newspaper Awards and is an avid traveller and loves fishing and golf.

Tim has been active in the masonry trade since 1983, earned his Red Seal in 1987 and joined the OMTC in 1991.

In addition to instructing apprentices from 1991-2008, Tim is responsible for coordinating most of the day-to-day activities at the OMTC Mississauga & Ottawa Campus, and liaising with Conestoga College (Waterloo Campus) and assists in curriculum development.

He’s worked with small to large masonry firms on both residential and commercial projects and is currently running a family-owned masonry contracting firm. He has served on various government and industry committees on apprenticeship and is a national technical expert on masonry, having chaired various masonry competitions including Skills Canada and Skills Ontario.

Jamie Holmes is a licensed automotive technician. He completed his Certificates of Qualification in 1984. He holds the 310S certificate with Red Seal, 310T, Diesel endorsement and also ASE Master Technician status. He is a certified repair technician under both the legacy and current Drive Clean programs.

In 1986 Mr. Holmes opened the first Master Mechanic franchise location which he owned until 2005. During that time he worked with the original owners of The Master Mechanic Inc., to build and strengthen the chain. In 1999 he opened the 31st franchise location which he sold in 2000, at which point he went to work at The Master Mechanic Inc. head office as General Manager. In 2004, with a business partner, Jamie purchased The Master Mechanic Inc, franchisor of 35 Master Mechanic locations. There are currently 39 locations.

Mr. Holmes has worked with Autoaide Technical Services delivering current advanced technical training related to the operation, diagnosis and repair of today’s vehicles and light trucks.

Mr. Holmes currently sits on the OMVIC Compensation Fund Board serving as Past Chair. He has held the positions of Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair since joining the board in 2009. He is also a member of the Consumer Awareness Committee for OMVIC.

He presently sits as a member of the OCOT Board of Governor’s as a representative for the Motive Power trade and also as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

John Cochrane is the owner and president of Cochrane Automotive, a company which has been in business since 1972. Cochrane Automotive has been a major, full line AC Delco distributor with General Motors since 1976, supplying AC Delco and other name brand automotive parts and equipment to the wholesale and retail trade throughout southwestern Ontario.

Since 1972 John has also operated a large, well-known and successful automotive service repair facility specializing in today’s high tech electronics and computer diagnostics. This gives John first hand valuable knowledge and insight into the challenges the automotive service repair facility is facing today.

John is owner and operator of Cochrane Training Services which was opened in the early 80’s to focus on re-training and updating licensed automotive technicians in the latest technology to ensure we are ready for the new vehicles of the 21st century.

  • Has been in the teaching profession for over 25 years.
  • OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) Project Leader for the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the last ten years.
    Developed partnerships with local colleges and unions to create and augment the OYAP Accelerated programs thus providing opportunities for over two hundred students per year in a variety of different skilled trades including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, floor covering installer, construction craft worker, refrigeration and air conditioning, and painter and decorator
  • Created and introduced the first state of the art OYAP website (www.oyaptcdsb.com) that included on-line registration for all students in OYAP through a seamless process that partnered school, teacher, student, school board, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
  • Embraced the Skills Canada portfolio in 2006 when only 10 students participated from the TCDSB. Over 70 students in 30 different categories represented the TCDSB in 2013, many of them provincial and national medal winners
  • Winner of the prestigious Skills Canada Glenn Beatty Award in 2009
  • Winner of the Ontario School Counsellors Association Career/ Life Skills Resources Award for Excellence in Career Education in 2012
  • Makes over 50 presentations per year to thousands of students throughout the Greater Toronto Area promoting the skilled trades via OYAP and Skills Canada.
  • Established the annual TCDSB OYAP Leadership Conference highlighted with the return of highly successful graduates of the OYAP program who now work locally and abroad.
  • Initiated the WENTT (Women in Non Traditional Trades) Conference and Discovery Days for female students across the Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Highly proud of the Industry Certification Week where students in the OYAP Accelerated programs receive training and certification in their designated areas such as Customer Service Excellence, 30 Point Safety Inspection, WHMIS Training, and Fall Protection.
  • Assisted in creating and pioneering the province wide recognized Mission Possible presentation geared specifically for educators that focuses on de-stigmatizing the myths that surround the skilled trades
  • Extremely proud of the hard work and dedication put forth by all the teachers at the TCDSB and the support of all administrators to encourage students to seek the ‘pathway of their passion’. As educators, a student’s love for their work is our greatest signature of success.

Bryan doesn’t believe he’s put in an honest day’s work unless he gets his hands dirty! A natural-born teacher, the Gemini-award winning host has been educating and entertaining viewers across Canada and the US for over seven years on the hit shows Leave it to Bryan, House of Bryan and Disaster DIY.

On House of Bryan, fans watched in record-numbers as Bryan built a custom 3,500 square foot home for his family. On Disaster DIY, Bryan waged war on building shortcuts and taught well-intentioned DIY-ers how to bring their renovations back on track with a little tough love and a lot of humour. In his latest show, Leave it to Bryan, the veteran contractor helps reno-hungry homeowners prioritize the room they need, over the renovation they want.

Learning valuable tricks of the trade from his father, a meticulous aircraft engineer, Bryan spent his childhood summers building his family’s cottage from the ground up. His entrepreneurial spirit emerged at the age of 14 when he opened his own handyman business doing odd jobs for neighbours.

With so much of his youth invested in building, it’s hard to believe Bryan’s life almost took a completely different turn. After earning a dual degree in Political Science and Business, Bryan was headed towards a career of practicing law. Realizing he’d rather be renovating than be chained to a desk, his innate passion for building took over and he traded in his tie for a tool belt and founded his contracting company Baeumler Quality Construction.

A few years and several hit TV seasons later, Bryan’s tackling even more projects than ever. He’s launched the hit show Leave it to Bryan, joined Mike Holmes and Scott McGillivray as a judge on HGTV Canada’s biggest competition series yet Ð Canada’s Handyman Challenge, built a dream cottage for his family in Season 2 of House of Bryan, and has made memorable appearances on Deck Wars and HGTV’d Ñ and all of this in one year! Watch Season 3 of Leave it to Bryan, Mondays at 10PM ET/PT and keep your eyes open for Season 3 of House of Bryan in 2014.

Having four children of their own under the age of 8, Bryan and his wife Sarah have always been big on supporting children’s charities Ñ from donating renovations for kids that need accessible homes, to sending kids to camp and providing auction items to help fund Children’s hospitals. However, foundations don’t build themselves, which is why they’ve invested a lot of time and energy into the Baeumler Family Foundation for Kids (BFF), which launched in September 2012. The BFF provides renovations for children and families in need of accessibility, safety, and security in order to create a nurturing and positive environment in the home. With the help of many corporate sponsors and donators, they have already been able to help many families and children in need. To donate or learn more about the BFF, please visit www.baeumlerfamilyfoundation.com.

Don Gosen is President of Gosen Electric Limited where he has worked since taking over from his father in 1977. Gosen Electric Limited is a successful Waterloo based Electrical Contractor established in 1956. Mr. Gosen is a licensed 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician with a Master’s License.

He has served his trade as president of the Ontario Electrical League and as vice chair of the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency, (ECRA of ESA). Don has served on the Provincial Advisory Committee for Electrician – Construction and Maintenance. He has also served on advisory boards for technical training at the Waterloo County Board of Education and Conestoga College.

He is a recipient of the Ministers Apprenticeship Employer Recognition Award (MTCU 2007) and the Conestoga College Alumnus of Distinction Award (2009). Mr. Gosen’s commitment to the construction industry has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Grand Valley Construction Association (past Chair) and the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) where he is currently Chairman.

Don Gosen is proud of his tradesperson roots, is committed to the Apprenticeship program and encouraging young people to consider careers in the trades.