The Ontario College of Trades’ (College) Board of Governors (Board) is pleased to announce the election of Don Gosen as its new chair effective September 1, 2017. Don succeeds Pat Blackwood whose term comes to a close after serving as chair for the past two years.
The Board would like to thank Pat for his nearly six years of invaluable service as a board member; four years as vice-chair and two years as chair. Engaging with hundreds of stakeholders across the province, Pat effectively elevated the skilled trades profession and encouraged youth to enter into rewarding skilled trades careers. He was also a member of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s Board of Directors representing the College.
Like Pat, Don grew up on the tools and is an electrician by trade. Don is the former president of Gosen Electric Limited, a non-unionized electrical company providing service to residential, commercial and residential dwellings across the Waterloo Region. Don operated the company for 38 years after taking over from his father in 1977.
Don is a graduate of Conestoga College, a licensed master electrician, former president of the Ontario Electrical League, and past chair of both the Grand Valley Construction Association and the Council of Ontario Construction Associations.
He was inducted into the Grand Valley Construction Association Hall of Fame in 2014, and currently works as an electrical instructor at Conestoga College.
As chair, Don will oversee board meetings and represent the College in various stakeholder engagements while providing leadership in the management and administration of the College’s regulatory and business operations.