Carpenters' District Council of Ontario

Carpenters' District Council of Ontario

May 28, 2015 08:00 ET

Carpenters' District Council of Ontario Delivers on Pan Am Podiums - Let the Games Begin!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 28, 2015) - In the world of sports, they are what every athlete dreams of standing on. To podium has even become a verb.

Today's podium unveil by the Pan Am/ Parapan Games, and with just over a month to go before the Games are set to begin, the Carpenters' District Council of Ontario (CDC) is proud of its role in building all 157 podiums that will be front and centre during the Games.

"We are excited and proud to showcase the talents of our Union's carpenters. These are some of the best carpenters in the world who have helped build the very podiums that the world's best athletes dream of standing on," says Mike Yorke, President, Carpenters and Allied Workers Local 27.

Our athletes inspire us all through their pursuit of excellence. Their passion are what produce fantastic sporting moments and help build pride in our country. It is why, from the very beginning, that CDC has supported our athletes in making these the best Pan Am Games the world has ever seen.

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games which are set to take place July 10 to 26 and Aug. 7 to 15 respectively, has been a major boom to the province and its skilled trades.

Billed as the biggest international sporting competition in Canada's history, it's also one of the largest sport infrastructure renewal project that's ever been undertaken in Canadian history. And behind every sporting event of this magnitude is an army of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes.

"The Carpenters' Union is proud to have been a part of the team to make this happen," says Tony Ianuzzi, Executive Secretary Treasurer. "This was a joint effort by apprentices and journeypersons contributing more than 2000 hours to make this dream a reality."

The Games are set to put Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe on the international sporting map. And the world-class sport infrastructure will showcase the proud tradition of construction and trades in Ontario.

"We want to see our athletes own the podium,"Yorke says. "And we wanted to play our part in making sure the City of Toronto and our athletes could stand tall."

About Carpenters' District Council of Ontario

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. In total, we represent over 20,000 women and men working in a wide range of areas, including carpentry, drywall, resilient flooring, concrete formwork, underwater construction, welding, scaffolding, and a long list of other construction-related work. Indeed, because of our up-to-date apprenticeship and training programs, there are very few construction-related jobs outside the scope of the Carpenters' Union. In addition, our union represents many industrial workers and thousands of highly-skilled workers in Ontario's health care sector.

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