She is first trade unionist and first woman to head the board
J’AMEY HOLROYD, A member of Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) made history in May when she was named Chair of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Board.
It’s the first time in the board’s 71-year history that either a trade unionist or a woman has been appointed to the position.
Holroyd, Director of Apprenticeship & Education at L-146, said, “I look forward to working with my fellow distinguished board members and strong industry partners to continue the excellent work Alberta’s apprenticeship and industry training community has done. I’m honored . . . and excited to assist in positioning Alberta for great future success.”
International Vice President for Canada Joe Maloney stated, “Boilermakers across Canada congratulate j’Amey on her historic appointment. She has distinguished herself in her position with Lodge 146 and in her 17-year career in the construction and maintenance industry. We are excited and proud that one of our own has been recognized in being appointed to this important position.”
Boilermakers Director of National Training (Canada) Grant Jacobs noted, “For that position to be held by a Boilermaker is very prestigious for j’Amey as well as for the trade in Canada. It’s a remarkable achievement for her. j’Amey is a dedicated, dynamic individual. I know she’ll do a great job.”
L-146 Business Manger Dean Milton said, “We’re very proud and happy for j’Amey. It’s a wonderful opportunity for women in trades. Just having a person from a union appointed to that position is a first.” Milton called Holroyd’s service to the lodge “invaluable,” pointing out that there are about 500 apprentices in the system and she is responsible for administering thousands of qualification tests a year, “along with all the other training.”
The AIT Board advises Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education, currently Marlin Schmidt, on the needs of the labor market for skilled trades and promotes careers in the trades. It sets standards and requirements for training and certification in trades and occupations programs.
“Ms. Holroyd brings a wealth of experience in her trade and has built a considerable résumé in terms of professional development, mentorship of her peers and developing recruitment initiatives,” said Schmidt. “I’m very pleased to appoint her to this position and know that she will bring an incredible amount of skill and passion.”
Holroyd holds a trade certificate with an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal endorsement in the Boilermaker trade. She also holds a Blue Seal Certificate and a Master’s degree in Leadership. In addition, she is the Director of Tradewinds to Success Training Society and Chair of the Building Trades of Alberta Training Coordinators Group.