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2015 Employer Champion Awards and Recognition Dinner

On the evening of Thursday November 5, 2015, Saffron’s of Fanshawe was the place to be as the Apprenticeship Network held its annual gala to celebrate exemplary employers of apprentices across the Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex regions. This year’s nominated employers proved to be both numerous and outstanding in their commitment to mentoring.

Members of the Apprenticeship Network greeted thirteen nominated employers and their guests, plus representatives from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU), both School Boards, the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), Fanshawe College, the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board, and assorted job developers and Community Service Providers.

Dr. Joel Lopata

All sat down to a fabulous meal crafted by students of Fanshawe’s Culinary courses, then settled down to hear a thought-provoking presentation from keynote speaker, Dr. Joel Lopata. Dr. Lopata’s recently completed research of apprenticeship completion in our region has clearly shown that while apprentices do face barriers in reaching their ‘finish line,’ they face good prospects for solid employment. Dr. Lopata continued that many recent university graduates are facing underemployment and a general mood of pessimism, in contrast to a very optimistic timbre felt by those choosing a skilled-trade focused career. The audience at Saffron’s this evening couldn’t agree more!


Employers were nominated variously by school board cooperative education teachers, employment service providers, job developers, and MTCU training consultants. From the nominees, winners in five categories had been chosen through a vote by members of the Apprenticeship Network. The nominees and winners were announced by our perennial Master of Ceremonies, MTCU Service Delivery Manager Mark Harrison:

2015 Service Sector Winner - Side Street Salon 2015 Industrial Sector Winner - Rem Tech Industries Inc.
  • Industrial Sector
    • Etbo Tool and Die, Aylmer
    • Rem Tech Industries Inc., Aylmer
      • Winner: Rem Tech Industries Inc., Aylmer
  • Service Sector
    • Bertoldi’s Trattoria, London
    • Side Street Salon, London
      • Winner: Side Street Salon, London
2015 Motive Power Sector Winner - Twenty Two Autobody 2015 Construction Sector Winner - Rosco Electric
  • Construction Sector
    • Pro Electric, London
    • Goris Electric, Thorndale
    • M P Masonry, London
    • Rosco Electric, Ingersoll
      • Winner: Rosco Electric, Ingersoll
2015 Rookie of the Year Winner - MP Masonry
  • Motive Power Sector
    • Art Quigg Service Corp., London
    • Don-Mor Carstar, London
    • Dorchester Car Care, Dorchester
    • Forest City Tirecraft, London
    • Huron Tractor, Thamesford
    • Twenty Two Auto Body, Strathroy
      • Winner: Twenty Two Auto Body, Strathroy
  • Rookie of the Year
    • never been nominated before
    • deserves recognition for recent contribution to apprenticeship
      • Winner: M P Masonry, London

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

To close the night’s festivities, Mark Harrison invited all guests to give a round of applause not only for our winners and nominees, but also for the fine meal and service we received from the Saffron’s staff.

The members of the Apprenticeship Network wish to thank Safron’s, Fanshawe College, the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, the London District Catholic and Thames Valley District School Boards, our community partners, and most appropriately, the many employers of apprentices in the city of London, and the Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin counties for their vital, vigorous, and ongoing support.

For more information and for the slides from Dr. Lapato's presentation, please see our 11th Anniversary Awards Slide Show (pdf)