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Canadian Apprenticeship Forum names new board chair


October 28, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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Ottawa – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) has appointed Lionel Railton, RSE, CEB, PPAC as the new chair of its board of directors.

A third-generation member of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Railton is a respected union representative with knowledge in executive board and financial management. In his current role as Canadian Director, he is responsible for the oversight and support of the 17 Canadian Local Unions of the IUOE serving 55,000 Canadian members employed in the construction, road building, mining, industrial, health-care, education, building maintenance and related sectors.

CAF-FCA executive director France Daviault said, “We are incredibly fortunate to secure the leadership of someone with more than forty years of on-the-ground experience in the skilled trades. Having served his union in many capacities, Lionel has a full understanding of the strengths and opportunities that exist and how apprenticeship can play a key role in fueling Canada’s economic growth.”

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CAF-FCA 2020 board elections were recently conducted and affirmed at the annual general meeting of members on Oct. 21, 2020. The following directors were elected to four-year terms in five constituencies:

Jurisdiction – J’Amey Bevan, Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Labour – Cordell Cole, IBEW
Equity – Joann Greeley, Office to Advance Women Apprentices
Employer – Rebecca Kragnes, Bird Construction
Education – Frank Rossi, College of New Caledonia