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HAAC Honour Roll 2004

Local businesses honoured for commitment to skilled trades

Five local businesses were honoured on May 19 as the Halton Apprenticeship Advisory Council (HAAC) unveiled its Honour Roll for 2004. The breakfast event, held at the Burlington Convention Centre, was attended by over 150 community members, including students, educators and representatives from business and industry. Also on hand was Halton Regional Chair Joyce Savoline, who emphasized the importance of supporting the skilled trades in the region.

As part of the awards ceremony, Allison Podealuk, a student from Notre Dame High School in Burlington, took the stage to officially sign a document confirming her employment at James Legace Construction as a registered general carpentry apprentice. Allison was singled out as a young woman who has demonstrated excellence in the skilled trades. Her pathway from high school student to full-time apprentice showcases the value and potential of experiential learning programs in Halton.

HAAC 2004 Photo
The winners of the HAAC Honour Roll 2004. From Left: Sam McApline, Shop Foreman, Leggat Pontiac Buick Cadillac Ltd. Armando Pagliari, Vice President Human Resources, Martinrea International Inc. Jeff Pilszak, teacher, M.M. Robinson High School (accepting on behalf of P.S.T. Machining Ltd.) William S. Stensson, President, Sheridan Nurseries. Ed Middaugh, Group Team Leader, Mold-Masters Limited.

Acknowledgement was also given to SunDial Homes, the homebuilding company that has been working with the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) in giving the opportunity to experience on-the-job training in the construction trades to young people like Allison. Over the last year alone, SunDial Homes has given many secondary school students the unique opportunity to build a house from the ground up.

The HAAC Honour Roll awards are presented both to small businesses, defined as those with 50 or less employees, and larger businesses. This year, the two small business awards went to Leggat Pontiac Buick Cadillac Ltd. and P.S.T. Machining Limited, both located in Burlington. Over the course of last year, both companies exhibited strong devotion to skilled trains training and development, employing young apprentices in the workplace.

HAAC 2004 Photo
Flanked by James Legace and Ministry of Training Colleges and University Training Consultant Angie Tracz, Notre Dame Secondary School Student Allison Podealuk, centre, prepares to sign a contract certifying her as a General Carpentry Apprentice.

The larger business awards were presented to Mold-Masters Ltd. and Sheridan Nurseries. Both operating out of Georgetown, the two companies are staffed by over 900 and 1200 employees, respectively. They too were honoured this year for continued support of skilled trades training in Halton.

A third category saw an award go to a company located outside of the region that had demonstrated excellence in the skilled trades for students and apprentices in Halton. This year, the award was presented to Vaughan company Martinrea International. With over 3000 employees worldwide, Martinrea is actively involved in School to Career initiatives and accepts a variety of students to participate in tours and part time work.

In addition to the awards, featured speakers Josie Kovacic, Area Manager for the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, and Sid Ripley, Tax Advisory Specialist for the Ministry of Finance, made presentations detailing the specifics of the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit. The credit, signed into legislation this past December, offers significant tax relief for employers who employ apprentices. The presentation was of notable interest to business owners in the audience.

In affiliation with the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC), HAAC is a community effort to foster growth of the skilled trades in the Halton Region. The Honour Roll is an annual event that seeks to single out businesses that demonstrated particular excellence in the promotion of the skilled trades in Halton.

    This year's Honour Roll award recipients were:

    Awards for Companies with less than 50 employees

  • Leggat Pontiac Buick Cadillac
  • P.S.T. Machining Limited


  • Award for Companies with 50 or more employees

  • Mold-Masters Ltd.
  • Sheridan Nurseries Ltd.


  • Award for Companies outside of Halton Region

  • Martinrea International