Workforce Series – Interview with Gordon

Workforce Series – Interview with Gordon

In our Workforce Series, where we share stories from local people who work in some of our region’s most important industries, we talk to Gordon Bouchard who recently took part in the Welding Training program through the Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre (OSTTC).

OSTTC is a community owned Indigenous training and post-secondary institute that serves The Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and surrounding communities and runs various skills training, professional development and trades programs. It is owned and operated under Grand River Employment Training Inc. and is located in the village of Ohsweken. 

Gordon now works as a welder for Walters Group in Princeton. Walters is a family owned steel construction company that designs, fabricates, and constructs commercial and industrial projects throughout North America. They often recruit for various opportunities on their Careers Page.

In our feature, Gordon talks about the high demand for welders, switching careers to secure his future and career options, his passion for his new role and the satisfaction he gets from feeling he is making a contribution to society through his work.

Watch our interview with Gordon here


Some additional highlights from Gordon:

“I knew there was a demand for the skilled trades and welding but I had no idea just how big it was, there are literally jobs everywhere. I had my own business for 20 years that was affected by the pandemic and going into welding was not only to create job security and provide for my family, it was coming full circle. I was considering becoming an auto mechanic when I was young, my father and grandfather were millwrights so I have those roots. It’s come full circle now with going into a second career doing something I enjoy, that mentally stimulates me and that I expect to do until I retire”  

“The OSTTC program was great – during the 8-week program I attained 5 welding certificates and had the qualifications to get my foot in the door after completing the program.

“My work with Walters has allowed me to be part of exciting projects. Additionally, I recently worked on a pavilion that is being donated back to the local community and I look forward to taking my kids to see it when it is installed it the spring”

On advice to young people – be flexible – when you are young and not tied down and you want to get ahead and make as much money as possible, take the different shifts and work your way in…it may be tough for a few years but then you will get to pick and choose more of what fits your life and home situation when you are older”

“My long-term goal is to get into quality control/inspection in another 10 years after getting all the tickets and training to get me there – and by then expertise in the field under my belt”

Thank you to Gordon for sharing his story with us! Looking to explore a career or find a job? Check out Grand Erie Jobs – the biggest career and job site in our region!


Numerous companies hiring in Grand Erie

Numerous companies hiring in Grand Erie

As labour shortages continue across the board, many local employers are making efforts to onboard employees into open positions.

Ferrero and Mott Manufacturing in Brantford are both actively recruiting for various openings.

Ferrero, the global confectionery producer which makes iconic brands such as Nutella, Ferrero Rocher and Kinder, and is one of Brantford largest employers, is looking to attract people to their Brantford operations in positions ranging from electrician and industrial millwright to production supervisor and microbiology lab technician.

Mott Manufacturing, which produces laboratory equipment at their 225, 000 square foot facility in Brantford, is seeking to fill openings that include assemblers, machine operators and MIG/TIG Welder.

Several employers have held job fairs in recent weeks including Stubbe’s Precast in Brant County who boasted offers on the spot for general labourers at their onsite job fair September 11th and the Brant Community Healthcare System held a nursing career fair September 15th.

Apotex Pharmachem in Brantford, who are looking to hire chemical operators and chemists, are holding a job fair in partnership with St. Leonard’s Community Services on September 29th. Those interested in applying for positions with Apotex can register through this link or learn more by contacting

Other employers with the top number of job opportunities shown on Grand Erie Jobs include the well-known regional steel manufacturer Stelco Canada, who are hiring production operators among other positions for their Nanticoke and Hamilton locations. The Norfolk General Hospital is experiencing a dire shortage of medical staff and is hiring for over 40 full-time and part-time positions (RPN, RN and lab positions).

Both the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and Grand Erie District School Board have been advertising open positions. Norfolk County has shown a recruitment surge the past month with 26 full-time and part-time positions posted and other top employers hiring include BGI Retail, Swiss Chalet, Lowe’s, VON and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Nursing Career Fair at Brantford Hospital

Nursing Career Fair at Brantford Hospital

The Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) is actively recruiting for various nursing positions and is holding a Nursing Career Fair at the Brantford General Hospital on Wednesday, September 15th from 2pm – 7pm. The BCHS consists of the Brantford General Hospital and the Willett Hospital in Paris, Ontario and is a leading-edge community wide health care system that supports the advance of programs and services provided through the two facilities. 

About BCHS: In 1999, The Willett Hospital and the Brantford General Hospital became the first two partners in The Brant Community Healthcare System.  With a total of 262 beds, the BCHS is also an affiliated teaching site of McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

Today, the Brantford General Hospital is a regional acute health centre with an array of leading-edge technology complemented by more than 2100 health care professionals and volunteers and is the site of the Brant Community Cancer Clinic and the S.C. Johnson Dialysis Clinic for patients throughout Brant County and Haldimand-Norfolk.

The Willett site provides urgent care and ambulatory services meeting the healthcare needs of the wider community.

Their values: BCHS cheers for its dedicated staff, physicians, volunteers and committee members who put patients first in everything they do, every day. They support that through a rewards and recognition program that allows employees to recognize each other.

Valuing compassion, accountability, respect and equity, leadership strives to make BCHS a great place to come to work. Through the Patient Family Advisory Committee and other investment, BCHS ensures that their interprofessional team can work together in innovative patient care models that meet the needs of patients and staff.

To help maintain an active, healthy and positive workplace, they have a growing BCHS Wellness program in place for all staff, physicians and volunteers and to complete the package, their salaries are competitive; they offer a range of benefits, employee discounts, and a great pension and savings plan.

Employee Corner: Watch a BCHS employee share their story:

BCHS is currently actively hiring for Permanent Full-Time and Part-Time RN and RPN positions. They have positions available in many areas, including specialty programs, such as Emergency, Critical Care, Operating Room, and Centralized Resources. Meet the folks at BCHS during their Job Fair September 15th and see if working for them is a fit for your future!


What: Nursing Career Fair

When: Wednesday, September 15th from 2pm – 7pm

Where: Brantford General Hospital (200 Terrace Hill St., Brantford)

Location: near main entrance (A-Wing)


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COVID measures in effect including masks, hand sanitizer, and physical distancing to ensure safety of all attendees.


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