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2014 Apprenticeship Network Employer Champion Award Winners

2014 keynote speaker Joe Velario

On Thursday evening, November 13, 2014, the Apprenticeship Network held the 10th annual Employer Recognition dinner at Saffron’s of Fanshawe. The night is all about acknowledging the “champions” of apprenticeship, namely, those employers who consistently welcome, hire, train, and/or mentor new members to their skilled trades professions. The Apprenticeship Network partners, made up of service providers, educators, and employment consultants, entertained and mingled with employers, their apprentices, and other invited guests before sitting down to a fine dinner. This was followed by a stirring recount from keynote speaker, Joe Velario of his journey from apprentice to Journeyperson to educator. Our Master of Ceremonies, Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Area Service Delivery Manager, Mark Harrison then announced the highlight of the evening, the awards presentations to employers.

2014 Winner in Service Sector - Best Western Lamplighter Inn (from left Martin Whitenshaw, Mark Brotherston, & Center Head Chef for Lamplighter.

Our employer guests have been nominated by community partners from Elgin, Middlesex, and Oxford counties in five categories for “best” employer in the sectors of Construction, Industrial, Motive Power, and Service, plus one for “Rookie of the Year.” Winners in each were selected by vote by members of the Apprenticeship Network. After all nominees received their framed certificates from Apprenticeship Network co-chairs Martin Withenshaw and Mark Brotherston, the five winners were summarily announced and each bestowed a stylish, engraved acrylic award.

2014 Rookie of the Year Winner - Re-Treat Salon 2014 Winner in Motive Power Sector - Contrac Ford (from left 2 Contrac Apprentices, Mark Brotherston, Martin Whitenshaw

This year’s employer champion winners are:

  • Construction Sector – Tunks & Kosi Electric Ltd., Strathroy
  • Industrial Sector – MTO Metal Products, Woodstock
  • Motive Power Sector – Cotrac Ford Lincoln Inc., Dutton
  • Service Sector – Best Western Lamplighter Inn, London
  • Rookie of the Year – Re-Treat Salon, St. Thomas
2014 Winner in Construction Sector - Tunks & Kosi Electric (left Mark Brotherston, Center Terry Tunks and right Martin Whitenshaw

Sector winners are subject to qualify to move forward to regional and potentially, provincial awards consideration.

Mark Harrison invited all guests to stand and give a round of applause not just for our winners and nominees, but also for the fine attention and service we received from the Saffron’s staff, who are themselves students and trainees. He then closed the night’s festivities.

The members of the Apprenticeship Network wish to thank Saffron’s, our community partners, and most fittingly, the employers of apprentices in London, and Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin counties for their vital, vigorous, and ongoing support.