Registrar and CEO
George Gritziotis is the CEO and Registrar of the Ontario College of Trades.
Mr. Gritziotis has extensive experience in labour management partnerships in the construction, industrial, and services sectors on human resource development and workplace issues. He’s established and managed a number of organizations at the national and provincial levels addressing issues ranging from apprenticeship and training, labour market information, to occupational health and safety.
Before joining the College, Mr. Gritziotis worked as Ontario’s first Chief Prevention Officer and Associate Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Labour. As Chief Prevention Officer, he worked to prevent and eliminate work-related injury, illness, and fatalities and he led several strategic initiatives to improve the health and safety of Ontario workers. These strategic initiatives included the implementation of the province’s first integrated occupational health and safety strategy, mandatory health and safety awareness training, and mandatory standards for working at heights. He also led the mining health, safety and prevention review, and the development of the construction health and safety action plan.
Mr. Gritziotis served as founding executive director of the Construction Sector Council, a national organization committed to developing a highly skilled workforce to support the human resources needs of Canada’s construction industry. He also played a key role in the establishment of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and the Alliance of Sector Councils. Through these initiatives, he established strong working relationships with labour, business, and government leaders.
Mr. Gritziotis holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and an economics degree from Concordia University.