Mike Yorke, President and Senior Business Representative of Carpenters Local 27 of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario, has over 25 years of experience in Ontario’s unionized construction industry. Local 27 represents 7000 members of the Council 22,000 full membership. As President, Mr. Yorke has extensive knowledge of collective bargaining and arbitration issues as well as being involved in numerous political, community and training initiatives. He has a solid background in workplace Health and Safety issues, from both a training and a site representation perspective. Also, he is a strong community supporter of outreach to “Youth at Risk’ training programs with the City of Toronto and Toronto Housing (TCHC), and plays an active role on the Local 27 Apprenticeship Training Centre’s Board of Directors. Currently sits as a citizen advisory board member of Civic Action Toronto and an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Daily Commercial News.