Mark Cherney is a passionate local labour leader currently serving his second term as Business Manager and Financial Secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 303, representing electrical workers across the Niagara Region. Mark entered the electrical profession as an apprentice in 1998 and has been a Red Seal accredited 309-A Construction and Maintenance Electrician since 2004.
Mark has actively served the local union throughout the years beginning with the Niagara Peninsula Electrical Contractors Association (NPECA)/IBEW Local 303 Joint Apprenticeship Council in 2003 and went on to represent the local as Vice-President in 2007 and President from 2008 through 2010 when he was appointed as a full-time Business Representative.
In addition to dedicating his time as a member of the local union, Mark is also the current President of the Niagara-Haldimand Building and Construction Trades Council, Co-chair for the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association’s Labour & Management Health and Safety Committee in Niagara as well as a provincial trade committee representative, member of the NPECA/IBEW Local 303 Joint Conference Board which brings together labour and management, and he is a member on the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.
As an active member in his community of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Mark has many years of experience as a volunteer coaching minor hockey and soccer. He has also served as the Niagara-on-the-Lake Soccer Club’s vice president. One of Mark’s passions is speaking with students around the Niagara Region about the benefits of a career in the skilled trades, where it can take them and the fulfillment of building projects close to home and abroad. He works closely with the region’s local school boards to empower Niagara’s skilled work force.
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