Alberta Board of Skilled Trades
Mr. Sheldon Anderson is the current Dean of Trades and former Chair of the Crooks School of Transportation at Lethbridge College. He is a board member of Skills Alberta Canada, and the Vice-Chair of the Alberta Deans of Apprenticeship and Trades. Mr. Anderson holds three Journeyman Red Seals: an Agricultural Equipment Technician, a Heavy Equipment Technician, and an Automotive Service Technician.
Mr. Blain Boutin served as a member on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board for more than five years. He also spent six years on the Automotive Service Technician Provincial Apprenticeship Committee. Mr. Boutin trained at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology as a Red Seal Automotive Service Technician. He was awarded the Canadian Technician of the Year in 2013 by Canadian Technician Magazine.
Mr. Rob Calver has been the Strategic Engagement and Development Director with Building Trades of Alberta since January 2020. Prior to this role, he worked for the Ironworkers Local 725, first as the Apprenticeship Coordinator from 2001 to 2010, and then as the Business Manager. He is a certified Journeyman Ironworker, graduating from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1999.
de Jong, Paul
Mr. Paul de Jong is the President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. He has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Construction Safety Association and the Alberta Labour Relations Board. Mr. de Jong currently serves as the Chair of the Management Advisory Committee of the University of Alberta’s Industrial Research Chair in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery, and on the Board of Directors of BuildForce Canada.
Ms. Caitlin Hartigan is the new Dean of Skilled Trades at Northwestern Polytechnic and the former Dean of Trades and Heavy Industrial at Keyano College. She has worked at other Alberta and British Columbia post-secondary institutions prior to her current role. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree, a Master of Science degree in International Business, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Ms. Hartigan served as a board member on the Community Adult Learning Council, and is currently a mentor at the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association and Startup YMM.
Mr. Ryan Hartman is a Workforce Supervisor at PCL builders Inc., as well as a Site Supervisor. He is a current member of the Alberta Provincial Apprenticeship Committee for Carpenters and a former member and presiding officer of the Alberta Local Apprenticeship Committee for Carpenters. Mr. Hartman earned a Red Seal Journeyperson certificate as a Carpenter from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and completed a Supervisor Development training program.
Ms. Miriam Jordi is the Project Coordinator with Chandos Construction in Red Deer. She is the founder of the Alberta Women in Trades, New Brunswick Women in Trades, and Ontario Women in Trades Groups. Ms. Jordi is a Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker, completed through the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and mentors young women across Canada.
Mr. David Kavanagh is the Senior Manager of Distribution Operations at Epcor. He has served as a member on the Alberta Provincial Apprenticeship Committee for Electricians, and participated as a provincial representative in various Red Seal initiatives. He is a Red Seal Journeyman and Master Electrician, a Blue Seal Tradesman, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Mr. Matthew Lindberg is currently the Dean for the School of Skilled Trades at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He has held various leadership positions within the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and received the Ernest Manning Leadership Medallion in 2021. Mr. Lindberg is a board member and Provincial Technical Committee member of Skills Alberta, a member and Educator Representative of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, and a National Technical Committee Member of Skills Canada. Mr. Lindberg is a Red Seal Journeyman Plumber and Gasfitter.
Ms. Heather MacCallum is the President of NCSG Crane and Heavy Haul, who employs red seal crane operators, welders, heavy equipment technicians, and heavy haul drivers. She currently serves as Director on the Crane Rental Association of Canada Board, and is also the Chair of the Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity Committee.
Ms. MacCallum is a member of the Alberta Provincial Audit Committee, and holds a Master in Professional Accounting and a CPA designation.
Mr. Declan Regan is the President and Business Representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers, and is involved in the ACTIMS Designated Apprentice Program. He currently represents the Mobile Crane Operator trade on various boards and committees. Mr. Regan holds a Business Administration certificate in Management and Journeyman Red Seal Mobile Crane Operator, both from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Mr. Chris Schneider has worked at the Mercer Peace River Pulp as the Human Resources Superintendent for the past nine years. Prior to this role, he has 25 years of experience as a teacher, training coordinator, millwright, and human resources professional. Mr. Schneider formerly served as a School Trustee. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Industrial Education and Mathematics from the University of Alberta, and an Alberta Journeyman Millwright ticket.
Ms. Nancy Suranyi is an owner/operator of Namao Auto and RV Repair in Sturgeon County, Alberta. She has served on several boards and committees, such as the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association and the Sturgeon County Economic Development Advisory Board. Ms. Suranyi is the Presiding Officer of Automotive Service Technician and Trade with the Alberta Provincial Apprenticeship Committee.
Mr. Raymond Massey is the current President of Skills Canada Alberta, Chair of the Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Board, and Director/Secretary of the Skills Competences Canada Board. He is a Red Seal Journeyperson, a former small business owner, and is experienced with governance and policy development. Mr. Massey previously served as Chair of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, and was a member of the Skills For Jobs Task Force.