Apprenticeship Board

Apprenticeship Board for the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) is governed by the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act. The Agency’s operating charter’s key components include the Board and committees of the Board. These committees include Trade Advisory Committees.

The Board includes 15 seats: 10 trade seats, 4 members-at-large and the VP Academic, NSCC. The Board is committed to achieving an employer/employee balance and representation from the Mi’kmaq community and groups currently under-represented in the system.

Board Members

  • Brad Smith

    Brad Smith

    Chair, Employee Rep Constr. Sect
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    Brad Smith, Halifax Regional Municipality (Dartmouth)

    Chair

    • First appointed as a member of the inaugural Board July 1, 2014; re-elected 2016 and current appointment expires July 1, 2019
    • Sector represented: Construction
    • Represents: Employees
    • Committee membership: Governance, Chair

    Brad Smith is the Executive Director of the Mainland Nova Scotia Building and Construction Trades Council, an organization whose mandate is to provide highly skilled industrial tradespeople, promote and develop business for its 11,000 members, and provide a united voice on issues affecting the professional trades.

    Mr. Smith is a past Vice-President of the Greater Halifax Partnership and Senior Associate with Sandler Training He is currently a Governor of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and sits on the Board of Directors for United Way Halifax, Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association, and the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council.

    Mr. Smith was a member of the Minister’s Advisory Panel on Apprenticeship and contributed to the ‘Reference Group’s Report on Employer Engagement in Apprenticeship’ (2013).

  • Gordon MacLean

    Gordon MacLean

    Vice-Chair, Member-at-Large
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    Gordon MacLean, Halifax Regional Municipality (Halifax)

    Vice-Chair

    • First appointed as a member of the inaugural Board July 1, 2014; re-elected 2016 and current appointment expires July 1, 2019
    • Sector represented: N/A
    • Represents: Member-At-Large
    • Committee membership: Governance and Recruitment

    Gordon MacLean is the former Executive Director of Employee Relations and Compensation with the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission; he has since retired from the Public Service.

    As Executive Director of Employee Relations and Compensation, Mr. MacLean was responsible for collective bargaining and related functions for government employees and provided advice to Government on all provincially-funded public sector bargaining in Nova Scotia. He was also responsible for provincial employee group insurance programs and for the design and administration of salary systems for government employees.

    Prior to joining the Provincial Government, Mr. MacLean held a number of senior human resource positions including Director of Human Resources at Cape Breton University and Vice President of Human Resources at Cape Breton Development Corporation.

  • Scott Blakeney

    Scott Blakeney

    Employer Rep Motive Power Sector
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    Scott Blakeney (Portaupique)

    • First appointed for a 3 year term on April 28, 2015; current appointment expires May 28, 2021
    • Sector represented: Motive Power
    • Represents: Employers
    • Committee membership: Recruitment

    Scott Blakeney, the Manager of Fixed Operations for Blaikies Motor Hub Group, has over 30 years of experience in the motive power industry. He works on a daily basis with journey people, apprentices, individuals in pre-employment training and work-placement students.

    Mr. Blakeney has experience with the apprenticeship system from both the employer and employee perspective.

  • Anna Burke

    Anna Burke

    NSCC Rep (VP Academic)
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    Anna Burke, Halifax Regional Municipality (Halifax)

    • First appointed as a member of Board January 17, 2017; current appointment is a standing appointment
    • Sector represented: Technical Training
    • Represents: Nova Scotia Community College
    • Committee membership: System Performance

    Anna Burke is currently the Vice President – Academic with the Nova Scotia Community College and has worked in the university sector and in government. Ms. Burke has worked in higher education for over 15 years.

    As Vice President – Academic, Ms. Burke leads Enrolment & Student Services, Academic Programming & Planning, and Applied Research & Innovation.

    Ms. Burke is also active in College and Institutes Canada (CICan) and serves on its Research and Statistics Committee.

  • Luis Clavel

    Luis Clavel

    Employer Rep Service Sector
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    Luis Clavel (Dartmouth)

    • First appointed for a 3 year term on April 28, 2015; current appointment expires May 28, 2021
    • Sector represented: Service
    • Represents: Employers
    • Committee membership: Stakeholder Relations

    Luis Clavel is the Executive Chef with the Argyle in Halifax and has won many provincial, national and international awards.

    Mr. Clavel received his Red Seal Certificate in 2001. Since this time he has mentored many chefs and has been involved in the development of cooks from the high school level until they receive their Red Seal certification. Since 2010, Chef Clavel has been a Manager of Culinary Team Nova Scotia and in 2013 was named as a member of Culinary Team Canada. Mr. Clavel was selected as the Nova Scotia ‘Chef of the Year’ in 2008, 2009 and also cooked at the prestigious James Beard House, presenting Canadian cuisine. In 2007 he was Chef Rôtisseurs for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an International Association of Gastronomy.

    In 2009, Mr. Clavel participated in the development of the interprovincial Red Seal exam for cooks.

  • Heather Cruickshanks

    Heather Cruickshanks

    Employer Rep Construction Sector
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    Heather Cruickshanks, Halifax Regional Municipality (Halifax)

    • First appointed as a member of the inaugural Board July 1, 2014; re-elected 2016 and current appointment expires July 1, 2019
    • Sector represented: Construction
    • Represents: Employers
    • Committee membership: System Performance

    Heather Cruickshanks is co-owner and operator of L.E. Cruickshanks Sheet Metal Ltd., a company with 35 employees engaged in HVAC and sheet metal work. With 30 years in business, she has hired and trained more than 50 apprentices.

    Ms. Cruickshanks is the Acting President of Merit Contractors Association of Nova Scotia, an association representing 120 open shop (non-union) companies in the construction sector. She is the current Vice Chair of Merit Canada and serves as a board member of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia.

    Ms. Cruickshanks was a member of the Apprenticeship Special Operating Agency Implementation Team and a member of the Minister’s Advisory Panel on Apprenticeship contributing to the ‘Reference Group’s Report on Employer Engagement in Apprenticeship’ (2013).

  • Chip Dickison

    Chip Dickison

    Employer Rep Indus./Manu. Sect
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    Chip Dickison (Mahone Bay)

    • First appointed for a 3 year term of office on April 28, 2015; current appointment ends May 28, 2021
    • Sector represented: Industrial/Manufacturing
    • Represents: Employers
    • Committee membership: Recruitment Committee, Chair

    Chip Dickison is the Training & Certification Coordinator with the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, a provincial not-for-profit employer’s organization formed in 1998.

    Mr. Dickison’s responsibilities include marketing and the development and delivery of training services to boat builders. This includes contributing to the development and administration of the Nova Scotia Boat Builder and Nova Scotia Marine Service Technician apprenticeship training programs, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, throughout the province.

  • Tim Manuel

    Tim Manuel

    Employer Rep Motive Power Sector
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    Tim Manuel (Dartmouth)

    • First appointed for a 3 year term on April 28, 2015; current appointment expires May 28, 2021
    • Sector represented: Motive Power
    • Represents: Employers
    • Committee membership: System Performance, Chair

    Tim Manuel is the Vice President of Fixed Operations with the O'Regan's Automotive Group. His areas of responsibility include Service, Parts, Collision, Detailing, Vehicle Rentals, Information Technology and Purchasing. He works closely with Human Recourses to ensure the success of 370 employees, approximately 60 of whom are apprentices in Fixed Operations.

    Mr. Manuel has been on the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Safety Association since 2014. He is also an Executive Board Member of the Better Business Bureau of Atlantic Canada and serves on other volunteer boards in HRM.

  • Jack Wall

    Jack Wall

    Employee Rep Construction Sector
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    Jameal (Jack) Wall (North Sydney)

    • First appointed for a 3 year term on April 28, 2015; current appointment expires May 28, 2021
    • Sector represented: Construction
    • Represents: Employees
    • Committee membership: Stakeholder Relations and Recruitment, Chair

    Jack Wall is a Business Manager with the Sheet Metal Workers and Roofers Local 56, and President of the Cape Breton Island Building & Construction Trades Council.

    Mr. Wall received his Provincial certification as a Sheet Metal Worker in 1991 and has worked in the trade for over 24 years. He has been involved with training on many levels organizing training for pre-apprentices, apprentices and journeypersons and is aware of the many challenges apprentices may encounter.

    Mr. Wall serves on the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council.

  • Paula Webber

    Paula Webber

    Employer Rep Construction Sector
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    Paula Webber (Debert)

    • First appointed for a 3 year term on April 28, 2015; current appointment expires May 28, 2021
    • Sector represented: Construction
    • Represents: Employers
    • Committee membership: Stakeholder Relations, Chair

    Paula Webber is currently the General Manager of PMC Roofing Limited. She has in depth knowledge of the roofing trade having started out in a family-owned business in 1984 and eventually becoming President of that business before selling it in 2000 to Flynn Canada. Ms. Webber was employed by Flynn Canada for 11 years as a Service Manager.

    Ms. Webber is the President of the Roofing Contractors Association of Nova Scotia.

    Ms. Webber was actively involved with the development of the apprenticeship training programs for the roofing trade.