About Us

Manitoba Building Trades (MBT) represents the common goals of more than 7,000 construction and trades professionals in our 13 member unions. We promote the interests of our member unions and engage in project partnerships to deliver safe, skilled and highly productive labour.

We believe that unionized construction labour is the most competitive alternative for public and private project proponents in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. We deliver cost competitive skilled labour while maintaining the highest standards of training, wages and benefits and workplace safety.

Our commitment to excellence is evident at construction sites and completed projects across Manitoba each and every day. Our members – hardworking, middle class Canadians – and project partners take pride in building the essential infrastructure which supports the economy and future of Manitoba and Canada.

In partnership with other provincial councils we are part of a network of over 500,000 Canadian construction professionals.

HISTORY

MBT has a long, active history which began as the Winnipeg Building Trades Council on March 9, 1909. In 1943, the council began province-wide representation and it was renamed the Winnipeg and Vicinity Building Trades Council. In 1995, the Manitoba Building and Construction Trades Council was adopted. Today, we’re simply known as MBT.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE

Our operations are overseen and led by a Board of Directors and Executive team.

Board of Directors:

Ted Stark • Boilermakers

Russ Shewchuk • Electricians

Paul Horishney • Insulators

Robert Kozubski • Iron Workers

Victor Dasilva • Labourers

Alan Szmerski • Millwrights

Mark Lafond • Operating Engineers

John Sedor • Painters – DC 17

James Conway• Plasterers

Kyle Kalcsics • Plumbers & Pipefitters

Bruce Harris • Sheet Metal & Roofers

Kelly Gorzen • Teamsters

Executive:

Marc Lafond • President

Victor Dasilva • Vice President

Russ Shewchuk • Secretary Treasurer

Bruce Harris • Trustee

Paul Horishney • Trustee

Kyle Kalcsics • Trustee

Robert Kozubski • Sergeant at Arms

Sudhir Sandhu • Chief Executive Officer