Karyn Brearley, Associate Chair
Karyn Brearley is CEO and Executive Director of the Yves Landry Foundation and has more than 15 years executive level leadership experience within the education environment. Her career has taken her to adult education in the private, public sector and now, not-for-profit. She strongly advocates for life-long learning, choosing careers in the trades, and encouraging young women to consider the skilled trades as viable career options. She has served on the MTCU Apprenticeship Awards Committee, the Canadore College Board of Governors, and is currently serving on the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Board of Governors.
Ian Thomas Howcroft
Ian Howcroft is the Vice President of the Ontario Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). He joined CME (formerly the Canadian Manufacturer's Association) in 1988 as an Employee Relations Policy Advisor. Mr. Howcroft is a member of the Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board. His professional memberships include Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Centre for Workplace Skills and Skills Canada. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Terry Weymouth is an experienced Unifor National Skilled Trades Union Education Coordinator and a 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician Journeyperson. She brings a passionate commitment and advocacy for the promotion of trades, through both education and by example. Ms. Weymouth regularly helps deliver opportunities for Canadians to engage in skills training and pre-apprenticeship programs. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Women's Enterprise Skills Training "We Succeed Beyond the Status Quo" Advisory Committee, the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, Level Best Women's Advancement Project Advisory Committee, and as a board member of the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women.
Martha Elaine George
Martha George joined the Grand Valley Construction Association in 2005 as President and CEO. She serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations, is a Chair of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Chief Operating Officers Committee and serves on the Trade Contractors, Standard Practices and Innovation Committee for CCA. Mrs. George is a former member of the Conestoga College Board of Governors. Mrs. George is also a board member of the new Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation, member of the Editorial Advisory Council for the Daily Commercial News, and member of the Board of Governors for the University of Waterloo, and chairs the Universities Building and Properties committee. She is a Gold Seal Certified Estimator.
Michael Gallagher is the General Vice-President on the Executive Board International Union of Operating Engineers and Business Manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 793. He is also on the board of the IUOE National Training Fund. Currently, he is the Chair of the Operating Engineers, Training Trust Fund, and a trustee on Local 793's Pension Trust Fund and Life & Health Benefits Trust Fund. Mr. Gallagher is a member of the Workplace Safety Insurance Board and also sits on their Health and Safety and Investment committees. Previously, he has served as President of the Construction Safety Association, and Director of the Multi-Employer Benefit Council of Ontario.
Ian Cunningham is the president of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA), the largest and most representative voice for non-residential construction employers in the province. Prior to joining COCA in 2008, he was employed in the chamber of commerce network first as the General Manager of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce and then as the Senior Vice President and Interim President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. He serves on many industry bodies including the Provincial Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee, the Provincial Partnership Council, Ontario Construction Users Council and as chair of the Ontario Business Coalition. In his community life, he is a long-time director of Skills Ontario. Mr. Cunningham holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University.