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Information Sessions Being Held on OETIO Programs

Local 793 members can learn more about courses that are offered at OETIO campuses in Oakville and Morrisburg.

Information sessions are being held at district offices across the province to help members understand the training that’s available.

The sessions focus on the OETIO’s heavy equipment pre-apprenticeship program and apprenticeship programs in heavy equipment, mobile and tower crane and concrete pump.

Members can also get information on training for heavy equipment operators and the Fundamentals of Heavy Equipment Program.

All attendees must preregister by clicking here.

Following is a schedule of the remaining sessions for 2017. All information sessions begin at 1 p.m. unless stated otherwise:

1 Millennium Parkway, Unit #102
September 22

1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit #7
September 28

523 First Street, Suite 2
October 3

1390A Lougar Ave.
October 4

Hamilton (All sessions start at 10 a.m.)
St. Catharines’ sessions are held in Hamilton
5 – 35 Goderich Road
October 17

240 Bayview Dr., Unit #12
September 28

430 Westmount Ave, Unit H
October 6

Cambridge (All sessions start at 10 a.m.)
100 Sheldon Dr. Unit 10
October 17

Sault Ste. Marie
432 Great Northern Rd, Suite 203
October 4

54 Waterloo Rd., Unit #2
October 5

Thunder Bay
979 Alloy Drive, Suite 101
September 28

3383 Walker Road
October 5

OETIO Oakville Campus
2245 Speers Rd.
September 21
October 19
November 23

OETIO Morrisburg Campus
12580 County Rd. 2
September 22
October 20
November 17

Deadline Nearing for Bursary Applications

Deadline for applications for the IUOE Canadian Conference bursaries is Aug. 1, 2017.

There are 10 bursaries of $750 each.

The bursaries are intended to provide financial assistance to students who are dependents of IUOE members.

The bursary recipient must be entering the first or subsequent year of a full-time course of study (at least two years in length) leading to a diploma, certificate or degree from any recognized public Canadian college or university.

Applications are considered from four regions:

  • Atlantic Canada
  • Quebec and Ontario
  • Saskatchewan and Manitoba
  • Alberta

Applications must be supported by transcripts of high school achievement and accompanied by a detailed letter of recommendation from an individual with personal academic knowledge of the candidate, outlining reasons why the bursary should be awarded.

In addition, applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay on the reason why the bursary will be of assistance or the impact that being a dependent of a union member has had on the applicant’s life.

An application form can be downloaded from the Local 793 website at, or by clicking here. They can also be obtained by calling the IUOE Local 772 office at 905-527-5250.

Appointments Made to Union Board

Local 793 director of Toronto area and organizing Ron Hillis retired June 30.

Ron was on staff for 20 years and has been in the union for 28. He started his career with the union in 1988 and learned how to operate different pieces of heavy equipment while working at a small company in Collingwood.

Ron became a Local 793 staff member in 1997 when he was hired as a business rep for the Toronto area by business manager Mike Gallagher.

He’s held a number of positions over the years.

In 2005, he was appointed as supervisor for Toronto and vicinity and in 2013 he became director of organizing. In 2016, he was appointed director of Toronto area and organizing.

Ron was elected as a trustee in 2000. He was a trustee for 12 years and in 2012 was elected to the executive board. He was re-elected to the executive board in the last election in 2016.

Ron was also a trustee on the union’s life and health benefits plan and served as recording secretary, treasurer and then president of Local 793’s non-profit housing board.

Ron’s daughter, Amanda, and son, Jason, are both Operating Engineers.

With Ron’s departure, business manager Gallagher announced that:

  • Assistant labour relations manager Dave Turple has been appointed as director of Toronto area.
  • Assistant director of Toronto area Mike Scott has been appointed as the provincial pipeline/distribution rep.

Meanwhile, the union’s officers met July 4 and:

  • Dave Turple tendered his resignation as a Local 793 trustee effective July 4.
  • Andrew Patton tendered his resignation as Local 793 guard effective July 4.

In accordance with Article XXIV, Subdivision 1, Section (f) of the IUOE Constitution, the following appointments were made:

  • Dave Turple was appointed as a Local 793 executive board member.
  • Andrew Patton was appointed as a Local 793 trustee.
  • Justin O’Neill was appointed as Local 793 guard.

Local 793 Staff Raise Funds for Prostate Cancer Research

Local 793 and OETIO staff across the province participated in the national ‘Plaid for Dad’ campaign June 16.

Staff wore customized t-shirts that said, ‘Mad for Plaid’ in support of the campaign, which is held annually to raise awareness and vital research funds for research into prostate cancer.

There were 146 t-shirts ordered by staff and $2,382 was raised.

‘Plaid for Dad’ was launched in 2015. It has quickly become a fun and easy way for Canadians to celebrate dad and help the one in eight men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

This year, more than 1,000 workplaces and thousands of individuals from across Canada participated in the campaign through donations, fundraising and events.

The Friday before Father’s Day is officially designated as the day of the campaign.


100th Anniversary Photo Contest Announced

Local 793 is sponsoring a photo contest as part of the lead-up to the union’s 100th anniversary in 2019.

Prizes will be awarded for best photos in several categories:

  • 1919 – 1920
  • 1921 – 1929
  • 1930 – 1939
  • 1940 – 1949
  • 1950 – 1959
  • 1960 – 1969
  • 1970 – 1979
  • 1980 – 1989
  • 1990 – 1999
  • 2000 – 2009
  • 2010 – Present

Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 29, 2018. A winner will be announced at the general membership meeting on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

Some of the photos may be used in a special commemorative book being published to coincide with the 100th anniversary year.

The photos will be judged by a three-member committee.

Here are the rules:

  • All photos must be high resolution, at least 5×7 inches at 300 dots per inch (DPI).
  • Photos must be accompanied by a caption with information on the year the photo was taken, who or what is in the photo, where the photo was taken, and what’s happening in the photo.
  • Only submissions with the required information will be considered.
  • Please also include your union registration number when submitting the photo(s), so we can verify you are a member in good standing.
  • Union members can submit more than one photo. In fact, multiple entries are encouraged.

Photo(s) can be sent via email to or mailed to Grant Cameron, director of communications, IUOE Local 793, 2245 Speers Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6L 6X8.

If you have any questions, please call Grant directly at 905-469-9299, ext. 2276.

Information Sought on Founding Fathers of Union

Local 793 will be producing a video and special commemorative book to mark the 100th anniversary of the union in 2019.

We’re trying to find out more about the 11 original founders of the union.

The 11 members met at the Elliott House hotel at Church and Shuter streets in Toronto on Dec. 11, 1919 and signed a letter, requesting a charter for the local.

If you have any information about the founders, or any of their existing family members, we’d like to hear from you.

We’d also like to hear from any members who may have a steam ticket, or whose relatives may have had a steam ticket, and may be able to provide information on the original founding members.

Following are the names of those 11 founders:

Frank Dennis
Joseph Valin
James Hawkins
William Wells
J.S. Miller
Thomas Lahey
Dave McBlaine
Mat Clark
A. Richardson
J. Wright
R.J. Elliott

Any member with information about the founders is encouraged to get in touch with Local 793 director of communications Grant Cameron at 905-469-9299, ext. 2276, or via email at

Suggestions Welcome for 100th Anniversary Year

Local 793 will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019 and we’re asking members for suggestions on how to mark the special occasion.

A committee has been formed to co-ordinate activities during the commemorative year.

The committee consists of:

  • Business Manager Mike Gallagher (chair)
  • President Joe Redshaw
  • Assistant Director of Toronto Area Mike Scott
  • Assistant Labour Relations Manager Dave Turple
  • Financial Controller Lloyd Nakaza
  • Director of Communications Grant Cameron
  • IT Manager Armand Dowdall
  • Junior Executive Assistant Heather Hamer

If you have any ideas for events, activities, contests or promotions that you would like to see during the centennial year, please send your suggestion via email to

Medals Presented to Local 793 Crane Apprentices

Three Local 793 mobile crane apprentices were presented with medals for receiving top marks at the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, a three-day event held May 1 to 3 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

In the competition, mobile crane apprentices were put through a series of practical exercises and had to complete a written test.

From left to right in the photo are: assistant director of training and apprenticeship Brian Alexander, OETIO lead instructor Craig Giles, Skills Ontario competitions assistant Solange Saraiva, gold medal winner Patrick Perreault, silver medal winner Dalton Koks, and bronze medal winner Nick Sentance.

Local 793 Buys Property Next to Oakville Head Office

The executive board of Local 793 has approved the purchase of a 6.14-acre parcel of property next to the union’s head office in Oakville.

The board voted unanimously to approve the purchase for $7.1 million at a meeting May 5.

The deal officially closes June 15.

The property is at 2201 Speers Rd and is adjacent to the east border of the union’s current property at 2245 Speers Rd.

There is a single-storey, 27,000-square foot building on the property.

“The purchase of this property is an investment in the future of our union,” said Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher. “The property came up for sale and it made sense for us to purchase it because Local 793 is growing and in need of more space.”

Gallagher said the union will now be able to build a new residence on the property for students training at the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) at head office.

In the future, he said, the union might also consider adding additional office space on the property.

Gallagher said the property came up for sale in March and he raised the idea of purchasing it with the executive board.

“With the growth of our union, I felt it was the right move to make,” said Gallagher. “
“The officers and I intend to keep growing this union and we have taken another step in the right direction by purchasing the property.”

The property was purchased from Procor Ltd., a company that manages conventional and special purpose rail tank and freight cars.

There were two other purchase offers on the table and the offer from Local 793 was selected.

Local 793 president Joe Redshaw said the local had to make a serious offer or risk losing the land. The local had CBRE Ltd., a real estate brokerage and transaction advisory firm, determine if the asking price for the property was within reason.

“If we didn’t purchase this property, we’d be locked into the approximately 13 acres that we presently own,” said Redshaw. “This purchase will allow us to grow our union.”

Redshaw said the new residence planned for the property will enable students at the OETIO to reside at one location and not have to seek accommodation in hotels around the area.

“It certainly will be good for students to be housed in one location in one residence,” he said. “Apprentices won’t be required to commute back and forth to their training.”

Procor will continue to lease half the building on the property until December.

The purchase of the building will be internally financed and the union will not have to borrow any money.

With the new property, the union will own close to 20 acres at the site in Oakville.