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Skills Ontario names Ian Howcroft new CEO

January 12, 2018 | By Anthony Capkun

Ian Howcroft

January 12, 2018 – Ian Howcroft has been named CEO of Skills Ontario, effective January 29, replacing Gail Smyth, who retired this past August.

“Ian’s history with Skills Ontario, and the extensive industry and government experience he brings, makes him a natural fit to lead Skills Ontario,” said Ray Lavender, president of the board of directors.

Howcroft served on Skills Ontario’s board of directors from 1999 to 2015, including a term as board president from 2004 to 2006. He worked at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) in various roles since 1988, most recently heading CME’s Provincial Operations & Corporate Counsel as senior vice-president.

“I’m very honoured to take on the position of CEO of Skills Ontario and to be able to offer my knowledge and appreciation of skilled trades and technologies, health and safety, and working with government and industry in this important role,” said Howcroft.


Skills Ontario exists to encourage youth to consider careers in the skilled trades and technologies.

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