About Local 296
The Sheet Metal Workers Local 296 was originally chartered August 1, 1958 and covered the Regina and surrounding areas. Today Local 296 is actually comprised of 3 locals who merged together. Local 577 was chartered May 12, 1958 and covered the Saskatoon and surrounding areas and Local 95 was chartered March 28, 1966 and covered the Prince Albert and surrounding areas. Discussions of merging the three local unions under one banner started in May 1973. Local 95 and Local 577 were officially amalgamated with local 296 in November 1973.
Archie Dorn was the first Business Manager of Local 296. In the early years he was hired by a group of Building Trades Locals to oversee their Business. He often referred to himself as manager of the PIGS – Painters, Insulators, Glaziers and Sheet Metal Workers. In 1970 He was elected as full time Business Manager of Sheet Metal Workers’ local 296 a position he held until his retirement in 1988. Archie Dorn pioneered many of the Trust Funds that the members enjoy today including the Health & Welfare Trust Fund established 1970, the Pension Plan in 1973, the Educational Trust Fund in 1973, and the Welfare II (Benevolent) Fund in 1988.
Bert Ottenson was the Business Manager of the Local from 1988 to 1993. Bert originally became the Financial Secretary/ Office manager of the Local in 1981. Upon Archie Dorn’s retirement Bert was elected to the position of Business Manager where he remained until he was hired by the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association in 1993 as an International Representative where he worked until his retirement in 2009.
Garry Kot began working for the Local in 1988 as Financial Secretary/ Office Manager and when the Business Manager Office became vacant in 1993 he was appointed by the Executive as in-term Business Manager/ Financial Secretary and ran, unopposed for election in 1994. Garry Kot also held numerous positions during his terms including President of the Canadian Council of Sheet Metal Workers & Roofers, President of the Western Conference of Sheet Metal Workers & Roofers, Chair of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Commission, Secretary of the Saskatchewan Building Trades Council and office of 5th General Vice-President for the Sheet Metal Workers International Association just to name a few. Garry was hired as International Representative by the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association in 2009 and currently covers the Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba areas.
Lorne Andersen was nominated and elected as the Financial Secretary in 2006. Following Garry Kot’s appointment to the International Lorne was appointed by the executive as in-term Business Manager/ Financial Secretary and then ran unopposed for the Business Manger’s position in 2009. Lorne has served numerous years on the executive board and as a Trustee on Funds. He currently serves as the Secretary of the Saskatchewan Building Trades Council, Secretary of the Western Conference of Sheet Metal Workers & Roofers, President of the North West District Council of Sheet Metal Workers & Roofers and board member of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Commission.
Office Staff of Local 296:
President: Trent Marshall
Vice President: Rob Young
Prince Albert Area Trustee: Brad Hughes
Saskatoon Area Trustee: Dwain Pulock
Regina Area Trustee: Aaron Willette
Recording Secretary: Kevin Clark