Joe Dowdall is the vice-president and government affairs representative for Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Prior to his appointment to government affairs, he was Local 793’s director of training and apprenticeship for 25 years from 1993 to 2018.
He was elected as an auditor in the 2000 and 2004 elections, then was appointed to the executive board due to a retirement. In September 2011, he was appointed as recording-corresponding secretary and in January 2013 he was appointed as vice-president. Joe was initiated into the union in 1974. He is a second-generation union member. Joe holds a mobile (339A) and tower (339B) crane licence and has worked in all sectors of the industry. He was hired as Toronto dispatcher in February 1989, and in 1994 was hired as the apprenticeship training co-ordinator. Joe is on several apprenticeship committees and helped develop training standards for mobile and tower crane, heavy equipment and concrete pump apprenticeship programs. He also was a committee member on the working group that developed the training standards for the Foundation Rotary Drill Rig training program with a Kelly bar and validated the MTCU Rotary Drill trade exam. He has also validated the MTCU mobile crane trade exam for 339A Red Seal, 339C provincial, and 339B Red Seal tower crane. He is on the hoisting committee of the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association, and is a member of the Tower Crane Regulation Review Committee. He was recently appointed to the College of Trades divisional board representing construction. Joe was awarded the IHSA Roy A. Phinnemore Award on September 24, 2015. Joe volunteers at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and continues to help raise money for spinal cord research. Minister of Economic and Development Brad Duguid recently appointed him to the Partnership Council on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities.