Melissa Young is a results-oriented change leader who has influenced the national landscape for apprenticeship in Canada. She has in-depth experience working with stakeholders from all sectors to advance the skilled trades.
During her tenure as the regional coordinator for the Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project (AAHP) she supported the Council of Atlantic Premiers in aligning the rules, processes and standards for apprenticeship in the four Atlantic provinces (2014-2016).
Her past experience working for the Government of New Brunswick has led her into projects with counterparts across North America related to distance learning, women in trades, and the promotion of the skilled trades. Working in both English and French, Melissa has built partnerships among governments, employer associations, labor organizations, First Nations and Indigenous organizations, newcomers to Canada and others who have been under-represented in the trades.
Melissa brings her vast knowledge of governance and strategic alignment to the aid of organizations that are not versed in this area. She was involved with the realignment of the Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Act (2012) through her stakeholder relations and governance capabilities.
Before moving to government, Melissa was Executive Director of the Carpenters Training Centre of New Brunswick (2000-2009) leading its growth into a province-wide operation with a team of 20 instructors and staff serving 3,000 unionized workers. She has represented the New Brunswick Building and Construction Trades Council, for example, as past chair of the New Brunswick Construction Safety Association and past vice-chair of the New Brunswick Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Board.
Melissa holds a degree in Adult Education from the University of New Brunswick and is a life-long learner with certificates in Human Resources Management and Construction Safety. She is the recipient of the 2011 International Personnel Management Association Presidents Award of Excellence. Under her leadership the Carpenters Training Centre of New Brunswick won the Saint John Board of Trade Big Heart Award.
Melissa is the Executive Director for the National Electrical Trade Council.
Melissa lives in Summerville, near Saint John, New Brunswick.
Pierre Boucher has more than 30 years of experience in the national association sector, and most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC), where he was responsible for the overall objectives of the organization. Prior to joining MCAC in 2018, Pierre has held several senior executive and leadership roles with various national associations. He previously served as the inaugural President of Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI) from 2014- 2017, an organization dedicated to instilling a new culture of innovation in the Canadian construction industry, and as the President of the Canadian Printing Industries Association from 2001 to 2005, where he was responsible for advocacy, program development, and communications. Pierre was also retained in the mid-1990s to develop the first strategic plan for the Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations (CICA) and was instrumental in the development of trilateral policies in different areas affecting the industry globally.
Pierre’s career in the national association sector began in 1988 when he joined the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and managed a number of high profile portfolios for the association. These included the Road Information Program (TRIP/Canada), the Gold Seal Certification Program, and the Canadian Design-Build Institute. At the Canadian Construction Association, Pierre also served as the staff liaison to several key councils and committees, including environment, exports, labour relations and industry human resources committees, as well as the CCA Trade Contractor Council. He was also integral in the establishment of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), a joint-constituent organization dedicated to the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Canadian built environment. Pierre’s career with the Canadian Construction Association culminated with his work as the association’s Chief Operating Officer from 2005 to 2014, where he was responsible for member relations and all internal operations at CCA.
Pierre has a Graduate Degree in International Cooperation & Development from the University of Ottawa. He speaks French, English and Spanish.
Angela grew up just outside the City of Saint John on the Kingston Peninsula where she is still actively involved with her community. She has most recently been employed as an Administrative Officer with the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification (AOC) Branch with the Province of New Brunswick.
During her role with the AOC Branch she was responsible for the processing and coordinating of Provincial and Interprovincial exams for apprentices. Her excellent communication skills led well to her coordination with public colleges and private institutions from the registration of clients, to the scheduling of exam sittings as well as preparing marks for distribution to clients. As the first line of contact for apprentices and newly certified journeypersons she is dedicated to providing others with the highest level of service possible.
Prior to her employment with government Angela spent eleven years working as a Court Administrator and Credit Counsellor. This position required a high regard for confidentiality and use of independent judgment. Her time management skills were imperative to quickly adapt and analyze situations and prioritize tasks while providing a high stand of service and results. Her experience has led her to have a high regard for customer and client services and she is considered extremely organized and results orientated with a passion for improving the quality of programs and services.
Angela holds a degree in Arts, with an English major from Saint Thomas University, and is a life-long learner completing the National Insolvency Qualification Program as a Credit Counsellor and she is a Commissioner of Oaths.