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.

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

Architectural Sheet Metal Worker TAC

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

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

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 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

Insulator (Heat and Frost) 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.

Non-Destructive Tester 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.