New trades dean at OC
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 01, 2021 - People in Business

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Okanagan College has hired a new dean for its trades and apprenticeship program.

Stephen Speers is taking over for Steve Moores, who is retiring this month after serving as dean for the last eight years.

“It’s challenging to put into words just how excited I am to be joining Okanagan College, with its strong reputation and nearly 60-year history of providing trades and apprenticeship training in the region,” Speers said in a press release.

“I’m looking forward to working with the great team of people in trades, colleagues across our campuses and centres, and our industry partners. I’m honoured to play a role in sustaining and developing the programs that open doors for students and see them go on to become the highly skilled tradespeople we need in our society.”

Speers comes to the Okanagan from Guelph, Ont., where he spent the last 16 years as Conestoga College’s chair of workforce development and partnerships in its school of trades and apprenticeship.

“His depth and breadth of experience will no doubt be a benefit around our leadership team table, and support the ongoing enhancement of trades education and training at the college,” Okanagan College provost and academic vice-president Dr. Andrew Hay said.

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