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Gail Smyth retires as Skills Ontario’s executive director

August 16, 2017 | By Anthony Capkun

Gail Smyth, far left, at the 28th annual Skills Ontario Competition.

August 16, 2017 – After leading the organization for over 20 years, Gail Smyth has retired as executive director of Skills Ontario.

According to its board of directors, Gail had planned to retire later this year but, due to medical reasons, decided to retire earlier.

Gail expanded Skills Ontario from a volunteer-run organization to an operation with 27 employees and 12 satellite offices across the provinces.

“Smyth’s accomplishments as executive director of Skills Ontario include advancing Skills Ontario as a leading organization for the promotion of skilled trades and technologies careers to young Ontarians, and becoming an advocate for women in trades and diversity in the workplace. In 1999, the Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives were established; later, Skills Ontario First Nations, Métis and Inuit Initiatives began in 2011,” notes the board.


The board also says one of Smyth’s biggest projects and greatest passions was the Skills Ontario Competition. To learn more about it, check out our coverage of the 28th annual Skills Ontario Competition held earlier this year.

The board of directors has begun the search for Smyth’s successor. Amrop Knightsbridge has been retained to conduct the recruitment. For additional information, contact Chris Sawyer at csawyer@amropknightsbridge.com or 416-640-4312.

PHOTO: Gail Smyth, far left, at the 28th annual Skills Ontario Competition.

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