Sean Strickland named as CBTU’s executive director

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Image: Sean Strickland when he was the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS)’s CEO

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Sean Strickland has become the new executive director of Canada’s Building Trade Unions (CBTU).

“North America’s Building Trades Unions are happy to welcome Sean Strickland as the new Canadian executive director,” said Sean McGarvey, president, North America’s Building Trades Unions. “Sean is a respected senior construction executive with the strong leadership experience and understanding of the Building Trades needed to carry on the important work we do and to effectively represent Canada’s skilled trades workers at the national level.”

Strickland spent the previous three years as the Director of Business Development and Industry Relations with Pomerleau. “In this role, Strickland developed strong industry relationships, helping to solidify the contractor’s status as one of the top five in the country,” CBTU says in a statement.      Strickland also holds the elected position of Regional Councillor in his home city of Waterloo, a position he has held since 1997.

Previously, his other roles included Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Construction Secretariat, business manager of the Waterloo Wellington Building Trades and Executive Director of

“We wish Sean the very best in his new role and look forward to working alongside him to advance the interests of the proud men and women of the Building Trades,”  McGarvey said in the statement.

Strickland has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Wilfrid Laurier University as well as Leadership Development from Harvard University.

“I look forward to working closely with our 15 international affiliated unions and provincial councils across the country to carry on the important work of the Building Trades, including implementing the four strategic pillars; government relations, workforce development, capital strategies and communications,” said Strickland. “Moving ahead, CBTU stands ready to work closely with government and our industry partners to help rebuild our economy as we recover from the effects of this pandemic. I will proudly work hard, every day in this role, on behalf of the men and women that belong to the Building Trades, across this country.”

Strickland started at his new job on June 6.



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