As with all unions, the leadership of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers comes from its members.
Members elect local lodge officers and delegates to the Consolidated Conventions held every five years. At the convention, the member-elected delegates elect International officers. Delegates, local lodge officers, and International officers are all members of the union.
Member-elected convention delegates also vote on changes to the International's Constitution, which governs the actions of all International officers, staff, local lodges, and members.
At every level, members lead the union.
The Role of the International
In Canada, the International has a staff of one (1) International Vice-President, six (6) International Representatives, three (3) National Training Representatives and two (2) Health & Safety Representatives. We maintain two (2) regional offices; one in Edmonton, Alberta and one in Saint John, New Brunswick with full time support in each office.
We assist each local in areas of jurisdiction, grievances, collective bargaining along with any day to day assistance. We also attend regular monthly meetings of all locals and we hold regular meetings of international staff and local lodge officers to deal with a variety of industry related issues.
Programs put in place by the International for our Canadian members are:
- Nationwide website with up to date information on news, events, job calls, benefits, pension, construction agreement and other related material.
- Online Travel Card pool which allows travelers to be dispatched to jobs nationwide.
- The Boilermaker Virtual Campus - an interactive learning center that helps our members learn and improve their skills.
- Online Red Seal Assessments - an ability for members to prepare for the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam and improve their chances of successfully completing this certification.
- Boilermaker Exposure Incident Reporting (BEIR) - A centralized database that enables lodges to record exposure incidents. Launched in 2010, the goal of the BEIR Program is to gather information about uncontrolled/unplanned exposures as close to the time of occurrence as possible to ensure accurate records are collected and maintained.
- Audiometric Testing - The program objectives include: Emphasis on Boilermaker health protection and education; Meet all applicable OH&S regulatory requirements; and Critical component to an industry wide hearing conservation program.
As we move forward, the International Staff will continue to support our members and our locals and develop programs that are a benefit to all.
Newton B. Jones
Newton B. Jones has served as the Boilermakers International president since July 24, 2003, when the International Executive Council elected him to complete the unexpired term of International President Charles W. Jones, who resigned after 20 years in office. In July 2011, delegates to the Boilermakers 32nd Consolidated Convention in Las Vegas unanimously re-elected Newton Jones to a second five-year term. [Read More]
William T. Creeden has served as International secretary-treasurer since December 5, 2005, when he was unanimously approved by the International Executive Council to fill the unexpired term of IST Jerry Willburn, who retired. Creeden had previously served, since December 1993, as director of organizing and an assistant to the International president. [Read More]
In 1982, Arnie indentured as an apprentice at Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta). He served a three-year Boilermaker apprenticeship, after which he secured his journeyman ticket in 1986. He worked in both the ISO and CSO divisions serving as an apprentice, journeyman, job steward, foreman, general foreman and superintendent on various job sites. [Read More]
Born and raised in Toronto, Joseph Maloney has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers since 1974. Joe started as an apprentice in Local 128, where he served in many elected offices, including Business Manager. [Read More]
International Staff (Alphabetical Listing)
Canadian Health and Safety Representative
Blair began his Boilermaker apprenticeship in 1982 with Local 128. He worked in the field for 25 years, serving the membership as Union Steward and Health and Safety Representative. In 2006, he took a position with Apprenticeship and Training as the Health and Safety Instructor and Representative for Local 128. In July 2017, Blair was appointed Canadian health and Safety Representative.
Assistant National Program Coordinator
Jim is a 31 year member of Lodge 555 (Manitoba), starting his career in 1981 as a construction Boilermaker. He holds Red Seal Certification in Steel Fabrication and Boilermaker trades. Jim has a degree in Technical Education and worked 12 years as a Boilermaker and Welding Instructor at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB. On July 2012, Jim joined National Training and was appointed the Assistant National Program Coordinator. His focus has been on the Temporary Foreign Worker and Manpower Reserve programs.
Assistant to the International President
Cory started his Boilermaker career as a welder apprentice in Lodge 146 (Alberta). He was a business representative with the local until his appointment as International Representative and later Assistant to the International President where he represents members in both the construction and industrial sectors. Cory is the Secretary-Treasurer of the General Presidents Committee (GPC) and the National Maintenance Council (NMC), and serves on the Pacific Regional Maintenance Council (PRMC) as well as the Allied Hydro Council (AHC). Cory is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
Director of National Training
Grant is a forty year member of Boilermaker Local 146 (Alberta) and holds journeyman tickets in the trade of Boilermaker, Welder and Structural Steel Plate Fitter. Grant spent twenty three years as an instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) prior to becoming the Training Coordinator at Local 146. In 2004 he assumed the role of Director of National Training where he is active on multiple provincial advisory committees, local union trust funds and government committees across Canada. Grant authored IPT's Guide to Blueprint Interpretation and has been instrumental in the development of the Boilermaker Virtual Campus. Grant is actively involved in delivering numerous courses for Canadian Boilermakers.
Richard started his apprenticeship in 1981 with Boilermaker Lodge 359 (British Columbia). During that time he served as a workplace steward as well as spent seventeen years on the Executive Board of Lodge 359 holding the positions of Lodge President and Recording Secretary. He was an instructor at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) until his appointment as International Representative in 2006. Some of Richard's duties include website maintenance, steward training, is a member of the National Health & Safety Committee and is the President of the Federal Dockyard Liaison Committee. Richard is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
National Director Health & Safety
Jason is a member of Local 73 (New Brunswick) and has been the National Director of Health & Safety since 2005, representing Boilermakers on various regional and national health & safety matters. Jason's professional qualifications include Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH). Jason graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Health Sciences and is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
Kent started his Boilermaker career in 1981 at Lodge 73 (New Brunswick). In 1999 he was elected Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Lodge 73 and remained in that role until his appointment to International Representative in 2007 where he represents members in the construction and industrial sectors in Eastern Canada. Kent is a member of the General Presidents' Committee and the National Maintenance Council as well as the Federal Government Dockyard Trades Council Liaison Committee.
Michel joined the Boilermakers as an apprentice in 1996 and was appointed as a Lodge 271 Representative in 2004. He was elected Business Manager in 2009, re-elected in 2013 and appointed International Representative in 2015. Michel is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program and is the President of the Quebec Building Trades.
Assistant National Training Coordinator
Jonathan began his apprenticeship with Lodge 128 (Ontario) in 1998. He is a certified welder fitter and Red Seal Construction Boilermaker and was the recipient of the Top Apprentice Award at the 2002 Canadian Boilermaker Apprenticeship Competition. Jonathan served as Dispatcher/Business Representative for Local 128 until his work began with National Training. Jonathan has made significant contributions to National Training's many initiatives such as Field Supervisor Leadership Training as well as the development of two Interprovincial Red Seal Upgrade Programs for the Trade of Boilermaker and Welder.