The Founders

The Train in Trades Skilled Trades Awareness Campaign was founded to address the gap between unemployment and the skilled trades shortages in the region by Barrie MPP Rod Jackson and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman.

Barrie MPP Rod Jackson

cas (1)Rod Jackson was elected to serve as Barrie’s MPP in October 2011. As a fourth generation resident of Barrie, Rod understands the importance of community. Rod believes that Ontario should be the province that offers the very best jobs, opportunities and infrastructure for all Ontario families.

Rod completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science and Communications at York University, followed by Graduate studies in Dispute Resolution. Rod then completed his Human Resources Management Diploma from Georgian College. Following his studies, Rod pursued a career in human resources and labor management as a professional mediator specializing in labour relations. He took an overseas assignment in Japan for three years before returning to his hometown of Barrie to live and work.

By ensuring accountable governance and advocating for Barrie residents, Rod believes our children will have the brighest future, the strongest communities and endless opportunity in Ontario.

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman

LehJ_043_5x7Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie.  As the head of Council and Chief Executive Officer of the City, he is leading Barrie through a period of rapid change.  His top priorities include jobs and economic development, opening up city hall, public transit, and revitalizing the City’s core.  The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project. 

He holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s London School of Economics, where he lectured for two years following graduation.  As an economist, he worked with cities across the country to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure, and writes and speaks frequently on issues affecting Canada’s cities.

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