Electrical Apprentice, 1980; Air and Water Resources Technology, 1974
Chair, Board of Governors, Ontario College of Trades
Don Gosen is the Ontario apprenticeship program’s biggest champion. A college-trained electrical apprentice, he sponsored more than 70 apprentices throughout his four decades in business before ceding Gosen Electric Limited to three of his former trainees. Today, as chair of the Ontario College of Trade (OCoT) and director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Gosen works to strengthen the apprenticeship system by bridging communication and fostering collaborations between OCoT and the government, union and non-union organizations, and employers and apprentices. He is an electrical apprenticeship instructor at his alma mater and recipient of the 2007 Minister’s Award for Apprenticeship Training.