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Ontario government appoints skilled trades special advisor

June 4, 2024  By Rock to Road Staff



TORONTO – The Ontario Government has appointed Dave Cassidy, former president for Unifor Local 444, as a skilled trades special advisor to the province’s Minster of Labour, Training and Skills Development, David Piccini.

In this role, Cassidy will assess the workforce needs across Ontario’s skilled trades, with a focus on responding to the rapid development of the province’s manufacturing, automotive and electric vehicle sectors. Cassidy will work alongside primary stakeholders to offer advice on the issues, challenges and areas of improvement in Ontario’s skilled trades and apprenticeship systems.

Cassidy has served on Unifor’s national executive board since the company’s founding, and was elected as a trustee of the National Skilled Trades Council in 2005. He began his career as an electrician apprentice after high school and was hired by Chrysler Canada in 1993, eventually becoming the skilled trades chairperson of the Chrysler Windsor Assembly Plant.

“Ontario’s future is bright and skilled trades workers are a vital part of that future,” said Minister Piccini. “We need to prepare our skilled trades workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and that begins with finding out where those jobs are and how we can build a talent pathway to fill them.”

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