Tony Iannuzzi, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDC), received high praise for his leadership at a retirement dinner held in his honour at the Paramount Conference and Event Centre in Woodbridge, Ontario two Saturdays ago.
“Iannuzzi has demonstrated leadership from the top by having a vision and aligning human and financial resources to achieve the goal,” said Rosemarie Powell, Executive Secretary of the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN), a community/labour coalition of over 120 member organizations.
She pointed out that Iannuzzi who hired Chris Campbell as the Equity and Diversity Director of the CDC, “then engaged in an impressive strategy to recruit from local communities where massive infrastructure spending was happening.
“This has resulted 400 to 450 BIPOC youths from Toronto neighborhoods joining the Carpenters’ Union over a two-year period through the TCBN and other agencies due to Tony’s decisions.”
“We thank Tony Iannuzzi for his vision and leadership.”
Chris Campbell who was “out of the country,” sent a message of thanks to Innuzzi for his support for “a peaceful protest march” after nooses, graffiti and racial slurs were found on construction sites.
“Several of us who join the march… are sitting here with you today. Thanks for your support, Tony” said Campbell.
Mike York, President of the CDC, said the love and respect from Iannuzzi’s family, friends and his industry colleagues have been earned “by a lifetime of commitment and effort.”
York noted that “with over 250 tower cranes in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) alone and many, many more province wide, it’s easy to see that construction is at the centre, being the heartbeat of Ontario’s economy, and the Carpenters are at the centre of the construction Industry.
“And Tony Iannuzzi is at the centre of the Carpenters Union in our Province.
“That’s $60 Billion of investment and an industry that employs 500,000 people province wide.”
The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDC) is composed of 16 affiliated Local Unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners across the province. working in a wide range of skilled trades, including carpentry, drywall, resilient flooring, concrete formwork, underwater construction, welding, scaffolding, and a long list of other construction-related work.