TORONTO—George Gritziotis, Ontario’s first Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) for the Ministry of Labour, is taking on a new role at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).
Gritziotis has been appointed as the new registrar and CEO of OCOT, the body that regulates and promotes Ontario's 156 trades, explains an announcement.
Don Gosen, chair of the board of governors for OCOT. stated Gritziotis will take on the new role effective Oct. 16, replacing outgoing CEO and registrar David Tsubouchi, who announced his retirement this past June.
"With George's extensive industry and government experience he's a natural fit to lead the College," said Gosen in a statement.
According to a release, Gritziotis has experience working in labour management partnerships in the construction, industrial and services sectors on human resource development issues and has also managed a number of national industry groups and projects on issues ranging from apprenticeship and training to labour market information.
As CPO, he worked to prevent and eliminate work-related injury, illness and fatalities and led several strategic initiatives to improve the health and safety of Ontario workers, explains the release.
This included the implementation of the province's first Integrated Occupational Health and Safety Strategy, the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review, mandatory health and safety awareness training and standards for working at heights.
Before joining the ministry, Gritziotis served as founding executive director of the Construction Sector Council. 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 and business leaders, adds the release.
"I'm very honoured to take on the position of registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Trades and to be able to offer my knowledge and appreciation of apprenticeship, the skilled trades, health and safety, and working with government in this important role," said Gritziotis. "I look forward to working with the board of governors, divisional and trade boards, staff, government, stakeholders, and of course members, to create an environment where the skilled trades professionals' workforce is known globally for its commitment to excellence and safety."
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