John Sedor, Business Manager / Secretary Treasurer
John Sedor is a Red Seal Journeyman Painter with decades of experience in all aspects of the trade. John is the BM/ST for District Council 17, responsible for all aspects of and all employees of the DC. Prior to the formation of the new District Council, John was the Business Manager for Local 739 (since November 2004). John joined the L739 staff in 1989.
Covering three provinces and two territories, John is what you call a very busy guy! He resides in Winnipeg, but he is [obviously] usually on the road. … That’s the job!
Contact Information: John Sedor
Chris Hooter, Director of Training
A graduate in mechanical engineering from LSU and US Navy veteran, Chris immigrated to Canada in 2007 with his Canadian wife, Krista, originally from Winnipeg. There, he joined Manitoba’s largest industrial coatings contractor, Western Industrial Services Ltd. At WISL, Chris was intimately exposed to a collage of industrial coatings projects, most notably bridges and pipelines. In January 2014, John Sedor brought Chris on board Local 739. At the formation of District Council 17 in July 2015, Chris was promoted to Director of Training of the new DC.
Chris is an SSPC instructor for several courses, as well as an SSPC Protective Coating Specialist. Additionally, he is heavily involved in DC 17’s Health and Safety programs; he is an Oil Sands instructor and developed / teaches many other courses throughout the DC 17 footprint.
As the Director of Training, Chris administers DC 17 ‘s training trusts, presenting financials and updates to trustees semi-annually. Chris manages training schedule and training personnel for the entire district. Like the BM/ST, the DOT position is more a lifestyle than a job. With the large footprint of DC 17, Chris’ bags are always packed, especially in the November to April “off-season” training push.
Contact Information: Chris Hooter
Corey Bolivar, Field Representative (Calgary)
Corey was born in Nova Scotia, Canada’s second-smallest province in area after Prince Edward Island. He grew up there learning the importance of good relationships with family and friends. This foundation has helped him through the years to establish relationships that last and are rewarding. He went to Saint Mary’s University for a few years with the intent of becoming a Meteorologist or a Police officer. After a few hurdles it became clear to him that these professions were not going to satisfy him to the extent he was hoping for. He moved to Alberta in the late 90’s and began his career as a Glazier.
In Alberta, Corey met Amanda whom he married in 2003. Today, they have created a beautiful family with 3 kids. Corey got his Glazier Red Seal in Calgary and worked in the Trade until 2015 when his back decided that it was time to shift gears and take on other challenges that were less physical. He became a cog in the gear for District Council 17; he handles the general recruitment, Organizing, Training, and representation for Southern Alberta IUPAT Local 177. One of Corey’s greatest attributes is being able to listen to what others have to say to help overcome their issues and concerns. Corey is also a United Academy Instructor for Fall Protection and CORE 4 (Boom Lift, Scissor Lift, Forklift, & Telehandler).
Contact Information: Corey Bolivar
Rodger Watson, Field Representative (Saskatoon)
After 18 years in the Industrial Painting trade in Saskatoon, Rodger Watson joined District Council 17 in November 2016. Rodger assists the BMST with the general recruitment, organizing, and representation for Saskatchewan IUPAT Local 739. Additionally, Rodger assists the DOT re training matters in Saskatchewan. Rodger is a United Academy Instructor for Fall Protection and CORE 4 (Boom Lift, Scissor Lift, Forklift, and Telehandler). He also offers some skills training at our Saskatoon Training facility.
Contact Information: Roger Watson
Mike Iftody, Instructor (Edmonton)
Mike Iftody is a Health and Safety Instructor (e.g., OSSA) with District Council 17 at the Edmonton Training facility. A Journeyman Painter with 20 years’ experience in the trade, Mike has been employed with the union since 2013. He is focused on skill and safety based training for all the members, passing on the knowledge to everyone willing to learn and better themselves to be the best.
Contact Information: Mike Iftody
Ray Gelean, Dispatch (Edmonton)
A glazier in the trade for over 20 years, Ray Gelean was initially hired as a District Council 17 Glazier Field Representative in Edmonton. Upon Dave West’s retirement in late 2016, Ray was transferred to Alberta Dispatch.
Contact Information: Ray Gelean
Debbie Rasmussen, Senior Administrator
Debbie Rasmussen has been with Local 177 since Fall 2004. She is in charge of Administration Local 177, accounts receivable and accounts payable. She works closely with John Sedor, Business Manager, and Chris Hooter, Director of Training, regarding administration for union and training business, respectively.
Contact Information: Debbie Rasmussen
Sandy Danylyshen, Administrator (Winnipeg)
Sandy Danylyshen has been with Local 739 since January 1999. She is in charge of Administration Local 739, accounts receivable and accounts payable. She is Assistant to John Sedor, Business Manager, for day-to-day operations.
Contact Information: Sandy Danylyshen
Darlene, Administrative Assistant (Winnipeg)
Darlene joined District Council 17 in May 2015. She is our administrative assistant at the Winnipeg Office. Darlene is responsible for answering and directing phone calls, providing general support to office staff and union members. Additionally, Darlene coordinates Manitoba’s Job Referral Service for northern Manitoba Hydro construction dispatch.