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Tsubouchi replacing Guthrie as Ontario College of Trades chief

August 22, 2013 | By Anthony Capkun

August 22, 2013 – Lawyer, businessman and former Ontario Progressive Conservative cabinet minister David Tsubouchi has been appointed registrar and CEO of Ontario’s College of Trades effective September 9, replacing Bob Guthrie, who announced he is retiring.

Tsubouchi’s knowledge of legal and regulatory environments, as well as his understanding of enforcement, government, business and consumer protection, were deemed an ideal skillset, says the college.

“David Tsubouchi brings a unique balance of both public- and private-sector experience, as well as an understanding of how professional self-regulation—rather than direct government control—is better for tradespeople, for industry and for the public,” said Ron Johnson, chair of the college’s board of governors.

“I’m confident that the college and its members will continue to work with our many stakeholders in the interest of all Ontarians, whether they work in the trades or employ them in their homes or businesses,” said Tsubouchi.


The college is a regulatory body mandated to promote and oversee the skilled trades, as well as Ontario’s apprenticeship and training programs. Among measures to ensure tradespeople in Ontario are skilled, qualified and professional, the college has launched a searchable register for looking up the credentials and licensing status of members who work in certified skilled trades.

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