Ian Howcroft


Ian is the CEO of Skills Ontario, having served as a Board Member and later Board President from 2004 to 2006.

He holds an Honours B.A. from McMaster University, and a law degree from the University of Western Ontario.  He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Skills Ontario is building Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce. We enable and empower all youth, including women and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies. Engagement with students, teachers, parents, volunteers, employers and mentors ensure our programs connect education, experience, and employment. We deliver in-school presentations across Ontario, host Canada’s largest skills competition, run summer camps for skills development and connect students to employers. We are focused on growth sectors such as construction and infrastructure, technology innovation, and hospitality services.

Over the years Mr. Howcroft has also had the pleasure of sitting or serving on numerous boards, steering committees, organizations and other committees. Current memberships include the Board of Directors of Skills Canada, the Board of Directors of Centennial College, the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board Unit (Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities), and the Partnership Council on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities (Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure).

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