A visit to OETIO’s Morrisburg training campus left a big impression on Raly Chakarova, the executive director of the Toronto and Area Road Builders Association (TARBA).

Chakarova, who took up her position with the employers’ representative group in September, tried her hand at the controls of a mechanical simulator and watched Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) apprentices being put through their paces in the field during a tour of the facilities on Wednesday.

OETIO Executive Director Rick Kerr, who accompanied Chakarova on her tour alongside Rod McKenzie, Director of Training (OETIO Morrisburg), said, “She was very impressed with the facility and the whole training program. After trying out the mechanical simulator she said she certainly had a greater appreciation for what our operators do!

“It’s so important that industry has a chance to come along and see what we do here and the excellent level of training we offer at OETIO first-hand. It also makes clear Local 793’s commitment to and investment in that training.”

TARBA is the accredited employer bargaining agent representing unionized road building contractors in Board Area 8 (Toronto GTA) and Simcoe County.

Three members of the tour.
(L to R) OETIO Executive Director Rick Kerr, TARBA executive director Raly Chakarova, and Director of Training (OETIO Morrisburg) Rod McKenzie.