Ian is the Vice President (Ontario Division) of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) with responsibility for all aspects of the CME Ontario Division, including business development, membership and policy He is the chief advocate for the Ontario Division.
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.
CME is the leading national employer association with a membership of small, medium and large, from all sectors of manufacturing. Member companies produce approximately 75% of Canada’s manufactured output, and are responsible for 90% of Canada’s exports. Part of their mandate is to develop educational materials and disseminate information to members. CME has a history of supporting a voluntary approach to workplace equal opportunity.
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).