In Ontario, David Tsubouchi is the new CEO of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), replacing predecessor Bob Guthrie. Guthrie’s reign was short lived. Some have suggested he may have become a shipwreck after taking the initial heat.
The college has been incredibly unpopular in the industry. But could a new captain give it some life?
I recently heard Tsubouchi address listeners of the Toronto radio station 640AM and I liked what he had to say. Tsubouchi is no pushover. Under his leadership as Minister of Consumer and Commercial relations, the self-managed organizations Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) and Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) were created, providing industry-driven organizations that brought more accountability to the public and reduced the size of government.
There is more to Tsubouchi than meets the eye. He’s also served on many boards, including Integrity Commissioner for the Town of Richmond Hill Ontario.
I don’t think the college is going away any time soon. For better or for worse, life is about change. Nobody’s happy about the college now, but some good may come out of it.
At present, for example, the college has put out tender to private insurance companies to make benefits available up to 500,000-plus members. With membership, I’m assuming, will come the option of big group benefits at reasonable pricing, even for sole proprietors. Normally small businesses can only get limited coverage in the market place at the cost of an arm. Maybe this is about to change due to becoming a member of the College? Time will tell.
Tsubouchi will hopefully get more boots on the ground to visit job sites, including home renovations and individual home builders. The Ministry of Labour (MoL) does now, as most of us already know, but even they need more inspectors.
I know many readers will be dumbfounded at my comment above, but it’s time to make things a level playing field for everyone.
Without the required courses, many put workers and sub-trades in harms way. Last week I took one step onto the main floor of new home construction and immediately stopped — two feet from me was a large hole in the floor. Anyone falling through it would come to a sudden halt on a basement concrete floor below. The builder was just beyond the hole and after drawing his attention to it, he immediately had a worker nail a board over it. He also signed for our next local Fall Awareness Course.
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