Current Provincial Trade Advisory Committees

Trade Advisory Committees (TACs) are PROVINCIAL ad-hoc advisory committees established by the Apprenticeship Board in accordance with the Operating Charter of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. TACs advise the Board concerning policy, regulations and other matters specific to a trade(s), or on any matter assigned to the TACs relating to the apprenticeship and trades qualifications system.

    Apprentice Skill Development and Logbook Signoff

    The recommendation to establish a Logbook Sign-off and Skill Development Advisory Committee to address issues regarding the authentic sign off the apprentice’s logbook and skill development was approved by the Board on November 17, 2021. Recommendations for TAC members for the Logbook Sign-Off and Skill Development Advisory Committee were approved by the Board on March 25, 2022. Meetings commenced in May 2022.

    Member Representing
    Cathy Young Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
    Steve Kehoe Brilun Construction Ltd.
    Fred MacDonald O’Regan’s Automotive Group
    George MacDonald Sheet Metal Workers and Roofers Local 409
    Joseph MacDonnell Department of Public Works
    Joey MacDougall Toromont CAT
    Luke Monk NSCC Akerley Campus
    Lisa Silliker Elevate Beauty
    Chris Peckham A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.
    Greg Pope UA Local 56 Training Centre
    Tyler Thibodeau Graves Electrical Limited
    Geordie Walsh IBEW Local 625
    Arborist

    The recommendation to establish an Arborist TAC to consider an application to designate the trade under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act was approved by the Board on April 14, 2021. Recommendations for TAC members for the Arborist TAC were approved by the Board as of September 15, 2021. Meetings commenced in the Fall 2021.

    Member Representing
    Geoffrey Talbot TreeWorks Ltd
    Joel Gillespie Asplundh Tree Services
    David Jollymore Lucas Tree Services
    Claire Rainkin Green Butler Landscaping
    Joey Peters Atlantic Arborists
    Matthew Hull Atlantic Plant Health Care
    Lloyd Beaton HRM
    Kirk Fletcher Arbor Plant Health Care
    Tracey MacKenzie Dalhousie University, Agricultural Campus

    Arborist TAC Progress

    Architectural Sheet Metal Worker

    The recommendation to establish an Architectural Sheet Metal Worker TAC to consider an application to designate the trade under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act was approved by the Board on April 16, 2020. Recommendations for TAC members for the Architectural Sheet Metal Worker TAC were approved by the Board on September 9, 2020. Meetings commenced in Fall 2020.

    Member Representing
    Benny Niesten Timberlake Construction
    Roy Pennell Markland Associates Ltd.
    George MacDonald SMW and Roofers Local 409
    Randall Pinfold SMW and Roofers Local 409
    Gary Lahey Timberlake Construction
    Jared Swinemar Guilford’s
    Matthew MacKinnon Scotia Sheet Metal
    Travis Barrett Flynn Canada
    Tristan Patterson Flynn Canada

    ASMW TAC Progress

    Automobile Insurance Appraiser
    Member Representing
    Dennis Burke (Chair) Canavans Central Appraisal
    Derek Covey Covey’s Auto Recyclers Ltd.
    Boyd Greene DR Hayman Insurance
    Larry James Fix Auto New Glasgow
    Shannon Trites Automotive Sector Council
    Automotive Service Technician

    The Automotive Service Technician TAC was mandated by the Board to make recommendations regarding trade regulations as it pertained to the shared (crossover) work with the Truck and Transport Mechanic trade, to make recommendations on enhancing participation and improving the overall trade profile.

    The work of this TAC has been concluded.

    Barber

    The recommendation to establish a Barber TAC to consider an application to designate the trade under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act was approved by the Board on June 17, 2020. Recommendations for TAC members for the Barber TAC were approved by the Board as of October 6, 2020. Meetings commenced in Fall 2020.

    Member Representing
    Neil Atkinson Lucky Cat Barber Shop
    Angela Bower Brian’s Barber Shop
    Stuart Cochrane Blue Collar Barber Shop
    Tremayne Howe Self-employed Barber
    Anthony Marzilli Scissors Over Comb Barber Shop
    Kari Prior Brian’s Barber Shop

    Barber TAC Progress

    Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator

    The recommendation to establish a Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator TAC to consider an application to designate the trade under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act was approved by the Board on June 17, 2020. Recommendations for TAC members for the Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator TAC were approved by the Board as of October 6, 2020. Meetings commenced in Fall 2020.

    Member Representing
    Cramer Downey Soul Clippers Ltd.
    Twyla Downey Hair Design Centre
    Pearl Ejelike Ela Lani Hair
    Felicia Headley Cosmetology Student
    Jessica Lake Hair Design Centre
    Tara Taylor Crowning Glory Hair Studio
    Natherine Willis Soul Clippers Ltd.

    Black Beauty Culture Hair Innovator TAC

    Bricklayer

    The Bricklayer TAC was mandated by the Board to review the current trade regulatory provisions and the NSCC Pre-apprenticeship program as well as enhance trade participation and the brand image.

    The work of this TAC has been concluded.

    Carpenter

    The mandate of the TAC evolved over the years, but its original focus was to review and make recommendations to the Board on an application to specify the trade as compulsory certified, as submitted by the Professional Carpenter’s Guild of Nova Scotia.

    The work of this TAC has been concluded.

    Construction Electrician

    A Trade Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Construction Electrician (CE) trade met first on December 15, 2015. The mandate for the CE TAC focused discussions and recommendations on the following: trade regulations as pertaining to cross-over work, trade participation, trade profiles, labour market information and pre-apprenticeship programs.

    The work of this TAC has been concluded.

    Cook
    Member Representing
    Alan Crosby (Chair) White Point Beach Resort
    Admond Evong Member-at-Large
    Cheryl Gaudet Nova Scotia Health Authority
    Julie Marks Italian Market
    Keith O'Brien Offshore Catering
    Daniel Orovec Atlantica Hotel

    Cook TAC Progress

    Elevating Device Mechanic
    Member Representing
    Patrick O’Neill (Chair) Canadian Elevator Industry Educational Program (CEIEP)
    Ward Dicks International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 125
    Fred Farrugia Vertical Transport Elevator Consulting Limited
    Ryan Ferris CKG Elevator
    Andrew Gilby CKG Elevator
    Todd MacPhee Thyssenkrupp Elevator (Canada) Ltd.
    Jeff Richard Otis Elevator
    Farm Technician

    The recommendation to establish a Farm Technician TAC to consider an application to designate the trade under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act was approved by the Board, in Fall of 2018. Meetings commenced in January 2019.

    Member Representing
    Kimberly Stokdijk (Chair) Stokdijk Greenhouses Ltd.
    Denise Bekkers Strait Regional Centre for Education
    Angus Ells Bragg Lumber Company
    Matthew Harrison Self-employed Farmer
    V. Gordon Jackson Self-employed Farmer
    Lauchie MacEachern Lauchie MacEachern
    Henry Vissers NS Federation of Agriculture

    Farm Technician TAC Progress

    Forestry Machine Operator

    The recommendation to establish a Forestry Machine Operator TAC to consider an application to designate the trade under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act was approved by the Board on November 17, 2021. Recommendations for TAC members for the Architectural Sheet Metal Worker TAC were approved by the Board on March 25, 2022. Meetings commenced in June 2022.

    Member Representing
    Heather Boyd Forestry Sector Council
    Alan Angrignon Forestry Safety Society of NS
    Marshall Bateman ABL Timber Ltd.
    Ryan Cameron J.D. Irving Limited
    Leif Helmer NSCC
    Julia McMillan MacMillan Forest Inc.
    Jeremy Simpson Backcountry Farm and Forestry
    Ralph Stewart RES Sustainable Forestry Ltd.
    Hairstylist
    Member Representing
    Jon MacNeil (Chair) Cape Breton
    Tanya Baker First Choice Haircutters
    Tracey Crawley Dartmouth
    Iris Harnish South Shore
    Dana Sharkey Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
    Tracy Samson Cape Breton Business College
    Lisa Silliker Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology, New Minas
    Heavy Equipment Operator
    • The Board established the Heavy Equipment Operator TAC on Feb 10, 2021.
    • The TAC started meeting in May 2021.
    Member Representing
    Marshall Bateman ABL Timber Ltd.
    Craig McCormick Ray McCormick & Sons Ltd.
    Derek Long Michelin Tire Canada
    Deven Harvey Operating Engineers Training Institute of Nova Scotia
    Matthew MacGillivray LG MacGillivray & Son Lumbering Ltd.

    HEO TAC Progress

    Industrial Coatings Applicator

    The recommendation to establish an Industrial Coatings Applicator TAC to consider an application to designate the trade under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act was approved by the Board on November 17, 2021. Recommendations for TAC members for the Architectural Industrial Coatings Applicator TAC were approved by the Board on March 25, 2022. Meetings commenced in June 2022.

    Member Representing
    Darrell Reid Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
    Glenn Hollins Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
    Stephane LeBlanc A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.
    Walter MacDonald International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
    Scott MacKinnon MacKinnon and Olding
    Arnold MacLeod AML Painting Ltd.
    Industrial Electrician

    A Trade Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Industrial Electrician (IE) trade met first on December 15, 2015. The mandate for the IE TAC focused discussions and recommendations on the following: trade regulations as pertaining to cross-over work, trade participation, trade profiles, labour market information and pre-apprenticeship programs.

    The work of this TAC has been concluded.

    Insulator (Heat and Frost)
    • The Board established the Insulator (Heat and Frost) TAC on Nov 18, 2020.
    • The TAC started meeting in June 2021.
    Member Representing
    Matthew Benson Insulators Union, Local 116
    Patrick Murphy Pro Insul Limited
    Kent Hayley CanPro Insulation
    Dwaine MacDonald Trinity Energy Group
    Michael MacDonald MacKinnon and Olding Ltd.
    Carl Zinck Zinck Mechanical Insulation

    IHF TAC Progress

    Machinist
    • The Board established the Machinist TAC on June 12, 2019.
    • The TAC started meeting in November 2019.
    Member Representing
    Jonathan Blinder AACE Machining
    Kevin Borgel Dalhousie University
    Kelsey Gallant Nova Scotia Department of Public Works
    Andy MacGregor MacGregor’s Industrial Group
    Angela Graham Nova Scotia Community College
    Sean MacPhee Velocity Machining and Welding Inc. and Techtronics Machine Works Ltd.

    Machinist TAC Progress

    Mine Electrician

    NSAA Board was asked to work with Kameron Coal (Donkin Mine), industry members and regulatory bodies in the safe re-activation of the Mine Electrician trade.  As a result, the NSAA Board approved the establishment of a TAC on June 15, 2016.

    Due to inactivity at the Mine, this TAC is on hold indefinitely.

    Non-Destructive Tester

    The recommendation to establish a Non-Destructive Tester TAC to consider an application to designate the trade under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act was approved by the Board on June 17, 2020. Recommendations for TAC members for the Non-Destructive Tester TAC were approved by the Board as of October 6, 2020. Meetings commenced in Fall 2020.

    Member Representing
    Gary Bresolin Boomer Technical Resources Ltd.
    Roger Caissie Boomer Technical Resources Ltd.
    Iain Campbell Non-Destructive Tester
    Harold Fraser Atlas Testing Labs and Services
    Joseph Jurcina Pratt and Whitney Canada
    Lorne MacKinnon Breton ND Testing
    Dean Porter Beautech Automotive and Aircraft Services Inc.

    NDT TAC Progress

    Plumber

    The mandate for the Plumber TAC was to advise and make recommendations on enhancing employer, journeyperson and apprentice participation in the Plumber trade. Trade regulation and NSCC/NSAA program reviews were also part of the mandate as was improving the trade profiles for Plumber.

    The work of this TAC has been concluded.

    Steamfitter/Pipefitter

    The mandate for the Steamfitter/Pipefitter TAC was to advise and make recommendations on enhancing employer, journeyperson and apprentice participation in the Steamfitter/Pipefitter trade. Trade regulation and NSCC/NSAA program reviews were also part of the mandate as was improving the trade profiles for Steamfitter/Pipefitter.

    The work of this TACs has been concluded.

    Atlantic Trade Advisory Committees (ATACs), consisting of industry and training representatives, have been, and continue to be, active in supporting the work of the Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project. Trade-specific ATACs have been formed in several trades to support the development and implementation of harmonized Atlantic Apprenticeship programs, including the development of Atlantic apprenticeship curriculum standards, Atlantic exam banks and Atlantic bilingual apprentice logbooks.

    Recruitment

    Overview

    The Apprenticeship Board of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency looks for employers and employees who are knowledgeable about the trades, who understand the labour market and who can commit to attending a number of meetings over a one to two year period. Expenses are reimbursed and members are compensated for meetings attended.

    The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) Board will invite applications for members of Atlantic Trade Advisory Committees (ATACs) through advertisements.