As with all unions, the leadership of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers comes from its members.
Members elect local lodge officers and delegates to the Consolidated Conventions held every five years. At the convention, the member-elected delegates elect International officers. Delegates, local lodge officers, and International officers are all members of the union.
Member-elected convention delegates also vote on changes to the International's Constitution, which governs the actions of all International officers, staff, local lodges, and members.
At every level, members lead the union.
The Role of the International
In Canada, the International has a staff of seven (7) International Representatives, two (2) National Training Representatives and one (1) Health & Safety Representative. We maintain two (2) regional offices; one in Edmonton, Alberta and one in Saint John, New Brunswick with full time support in each office.
We assist each local in areas of jurisdiction, grievances, collective bargaining along with any day to day assistance. We also attend regular monthly meetings of all locals and we hold regular meetings of international staff and local lodge officers to deal with a variety of industry related issues.
Programs put in place by the International for our Canadian members are:
- Nationwide website with up to date information on news, events, job calls, benefits, pension, construction agreement and other related material.
- Online Travel Card pool which allows travelers to be dispatched to jobs nationwide.
- The Boilermaker Virtual Campus - an interactive learning center that helps our members learn and improve their skills.
- Online Red Seal Assessments - an ability for members to prepare for the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam and improve their chances of successfully completing this certification.
- Boilermaker Exposure Incident Reporting (BEIR) - A centralized database that enables lodges to record exposure incidents. Launched in 2010, the goal of the BEIR Program is to gather information about uncontrolled/unplanned exposures as close to the time of occurrence as possible to ensure accurate records are collected and maintained.
- Audiometric Testing - The program objectives include: Emphasis on Boilermaker health protection and education; Meet all applicable OH&S regulatory requirements; and Critical component to an industry wide hearing conservation program.
As we move forward, the International Staff will continue to support our members and our locals and develop programs that are a benefit to all.
|Newton B. Jones
Newton B. Jones has served as the Boilermakers International president since July 24, 2003, when the International Executive Council elected him to complete the unexpired term of International President Charles W. Jones, who resigned after 20 years in office. In July 2011, delegates to the Boilermakers 32nd Consolidated Convention in Las Vegas unanimously re-elected Newton Jones to a second five-year term. [Read More]
|William T. Creeden
International Secretary Treasurer
William T. Creeden has served as International secretary-treasurer since December 5, 2005, when he was unanimously approved by the International Executive Council to fill the unexpired term of IST Jerry Willburn, who retired. Creeden had previously served, since December 1993, as director of organizing and an assistant to the International president. [Read More]
International Vice-President, Western Canada
Born and raised in Toronto, Joseph Maloney has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers since 1974. Joe got started as an apprentice in Local 128 where he served in many elected offices including Business Manager. In 1991 Joe was a member of the Governor General's Canadian Studies Tour. In 1992, he was appointed International Organizer representing Eastern Canada. [Read More]
International Vice-President, Eastern Canada
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Edward Power has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers since 1975. Ed started as an apprentice in Lodge 128 where he served as a Job Steward, Lodge President and Business Agent. In 1992, Ed was elected as Business Manager of Lodge 128 and served until 2003 when he was appointed as International Representative in Eastern Canada. [Read More]
International Staff (Alphabetical Listing)
| Jim Beauchamp
Assistant National Program Coordinator
Jim is a 31 year member of Lodge 555 (Manitoba), starting his career in 1981 as a construction Boilermaker. He holds Red Seal Certification in Steel Fabrication and Boilermaker trades. Jim has a degree in Technical Education and worked 12 years as a Boilermaker and Welding Instructor at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB. On July 2012, Jim joined National Training and was appointed the Assistant National Program Coordinator. His focus has been on the Temporary Foreign Worker and Manpower Reserve programs.
Assistant to the International President
Cory started his Boilermaker career as a welder apprentice in Lodge 146 (Alberta). He was a business representative with the local until his appointment as International Representative and later Assistant to the International President where he represents members in both the construction and industrial sectors. Cory is the Secretary-Treasurer of the General Presidents Committee (GPC) and the National Maintenance Council (NMC), and serves on the Pacific Regional Maintenance Council (PRMC) as well as the Allied Hydro Council (AHC). Cory is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
Coordinator for Lodge 133
Phil joined Lodge 359 (British Columbia) in 1975 as an apprentice and become a Red Seal Boilermaker in 1980. During his 25 years in the field, he served as a Foreman and Job Steward. He has worked as a dispatcher and business representative, along with serving on the executive and pension plan for the local, getting elected as Business Manager in 2008. He was appointed the National Intern Member Program Coordinator in 2012.
Director of National Training
Grant is a forty year member of Boilermaker Local 146 (Alberta) and holds journeyman tickets in the trade of Boilermaker, Welder and Structural Steel Plate Fitter. Grant spent twenty three years as an instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) prior to becoming the Training Coordinator at Local 146. In 2004 he assumed the role of Director of National Training where he is active on multiple provincial advisory committees, local union trust funds and government committees across Canada. Grant authored IPT's Guide to Blueprint Interpretation and has been instrumental in the development of the Boilermaker Virtual Campus. Grant is actively involved in delivering numerous courses for Canadian Boilermakers.
Assistant Director - Industrial Sector Operations Canada
Rob became a member of the Cement, Lime & Gypsum Sector in 1979 and was first elected President of Lodge D385 (British Columbia) in 1982. Rob became the Assistant Business Manager then later Business Manager of District D11, a position he held for thirteen years until his appointment on International Staff as Assistant Director of Industrial Sector Operations in Canada. Rob is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
Richard started his apprenticeship in 1981 with Boilermaker Lodge 359 (British Columbia). During that time he served as a workplace steward as well as spent seventeen years on the Executive Board of Lodge 359 holding the positions of Lodge President and Recording Secretary. He was an instructor at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) until his appointment as International Representative in 2006. Some of Richard's duties include website maintenance, steward training, is a member of the National Health & Safety Committee and is the President of the Federal Dockyard Liaison Committee. Richard is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
National Director Health & Safety
Jason is a member of Local 73 (New Brunswick) and has been the National Director of Health & Safety since 2005, representing Boilermakers on various regional and national health & safety matters. Jason's professional qualifications include Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH), with fifteen years of field experience in the health and safety sector. Jason graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Health Sciences and is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
Kent started his Boilermaker career in 1981 at Lodge 73 (New Brunswick). In 1999 he was elected Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Lodge 73 and remained in that role until his appointment to International Representative in 2007 where he represents members in the construction and industrial sectors in Eastern Canada. Kent is a member of the General Presidents' Committee and the National Maintenance Council as well as the Federal Government Dockyard Trades Council Liaison Committee.
Norm started his Boilermaker career as an apprentice in Lodge 555 (Manitoba/Saskatchewan). He was appointed Assistant Business Manager in 1989 and was elected Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer in 1996. Norm remained in that position until his appointment as International Representative in 2006 where he continues to serve members in the construction and industrial sector. Norm is a Vice-President of the Quality Control Council of Canada.
Assistant to the International President/Assistant Director-Construction Sector Operations
Jim started his Boilermaker career in 1972 in Lodge 128 (Ontario). In 1993 he was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer until his election as Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer in 2003. Jim held this position until his appointment as Assistant to the International President - Assistant Director of Construction Sector Operations in 2008 serving members in the construction and industrial sectors.
Guy began his career in 1975 as a member of Lodge 271 (Quebec) and has had training in rigging and fitting as well as the laws of construction in Quebec. In 1987 he was hired as business representative/dispatcher and then in 1998 elected Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of the Local. Guy held this position until his appointment as International Representative in 2009 where his duties include following the evolution of the Quebec construction laws, maintaining a working relationship with owners and contractors, and serving the Lodge membership in any international matters.
Assistant National Training Coordinator
Jonathan began his apprenticeship with Lodge 128 (Ontario) in 1998. He is a certified welder fitter and Red Seal Construction Boilermaker and was the recipient of the Top Apprentice Award at the 2002 Canadian Boilermaker Apprenticeship Competition. Jonathan served as Dispatcher/Business Representative for Local 128 until his work began with National Training. Jonathan has made significant contributions to National Training's many initiatives such as Field Supervisor Leadership Training as well as the development of two Interprovincial Red Seal Upgrade Programs for the Trade of Boilermaker and Welder.