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Ontario College of Trades has a new CEO


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The Ontario College of Trades has appointed David Tsubouchi to the position of registrar and CEO.

Tsubouchi – a lawyer, businessman and former Ontario cabinet minister – will start his new role on September 9, replacing the retiring Bob Guthrie.

“David Tsubouchi brings a unique balance of both public and private sector experience, as well as an understanding of how professional self-regulation, rather than direct government control, is better for tradespeople, for industry and for the public,” said Ron Johnson, chairman of Ontario College of Trades’ board of governors.

Tsubouchi served as the Progressive Conservative MPP for Markham from 1995 to 2003 where he held many high-ranking and ministerial positions.


His knowledge of legal and regulatory environments, and understanding of enforcement, government, business and consumer protection were seen as an ideal skillset for the position with the Ontario College of Trades, which represents trades in four sectors: construction, industrial, motive power and services.

In Ontario there are 22 compulsory and 134 voluntary trades, and the province is currently home to more than 600,000 certified workers in over 150 trades.

“I’m very pleased to be able to offer my expertise and understanding of both business and government to my role in this important position,” said Tsubouchi. “I’m confident that the college and its members will continue to work with our many stakeholders in the interest of all Ontarians, whether they work in the trades or employ them in their homes or businesses. Together, we can continue to pave the way for a bright economic future for the province.”

For more information visit www.collegeoftrades.ca 


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