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 8,500 members of the Council’s 27,000 full membership. As president, he has extensive knowledge of collective bargaining and arbitration issues and is involved in numerous political, community and training initiatives. Mr. Yorke has a solid background in workplace health and safety issues, from both training and site representation perspectives.
He is a strong community supporter of outreach to “youth at risk” training programs with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) highly regarded CHOICE and CRAFT programs and he plays an active role on the Local 27 College of Carpenters and Allied Trades Board of Directors. Mr. Yorke is co-Chair on the City of Toronto Youth Employment Action Plan (YEAP) Advisory Committee. He sits as an editorial advisory board member of the Daily Commercial News and as an advisory board member of the Urban Land Institute, Toronto.
Mr. Yorke also plays an industry advisor role as a board member of the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) and is also the recipient of the Wood Works Ontario Wood Champion Award in 2016, and the Harry Jerome Award for Diversity in 2018. He holds certificates in labour studies from George Brown College and human resources management from Ryerson University.