From Teaching to Trades

Ryan Desrosiers studied at St. Francis Xavier University, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, followed by a Bachelor of Education degree. Growing up, Ryan recalls his father, John Desrosiers, a second-generation tradesman, proudly sharing stories about job opportunities in the trades, LIUNA, and his personal experience as Business Manager of the Construction and General Works Union, Local 92 in Alberta. Ryan was able to do turnaround work in Fort McMurray in the summer months, beginning when he was a university student. Hearing and seeing firsthand about LIUNA’s success and dedication to the advocacy of workers’ rights within the trade union moment, he made the decision to transition to a career in the trades, something that Ryan has never regretted.

After enjoying a successful teaching career for the Newfoundland & Labrador English School District, Ryan quickly climbed the ranks within LIUNA. A proud LIUNA card carrying member since 2011, Ryan became an International Business Representative for LIUNA in January 2020. This position utilized his knowledge and experience as a tradesman and his strong communication skills. Ryan credits growing up under a LIUNA household with his father (who has worked for LIUNA for over 25 years), for providing him with an awareness of the positive benefits that LIUNA provides to its members and their families. He saw it as a great opportunity to provide a similar lifestyle for his own family that he had enjoyed during his childhood and formative years.

Unionized Means Safety and Security

Ryan points out that LIUNA makes no compromises when it comes to the health and safety of its members. The organization’s commitment to training, whilst providing our labour partners with a work-ready workforce, affords LIUNA members the opportunity to build and maintain key infrastructure projects across the country, ensuring the job gets done in a timely manner for their signatory contractors and the clients they work for. LIUNA’s goal is simple: they want their members to return to their families after each workday as healthy as they left them. For families, Ryan sees the benefits of a middle class paycheque, strong benefits, and a retirement package that will give members the opportunity to retire with dignity, and with a meaningful and sustainable retirement income.

Importance of the GPMC | NMC

Similarly, safety is also a key focus of the GPMC I NMC, according to Ryan. He feels that the GPMC I NMC does a great job in advocating for members’ rights working in unionized maintenance and they are strong negotiators for fair collective agreements that provide members with not just a job, but a long-term career.

Fitness, Family and A-Hole-In-One

Physical fitness and health have been a recurrent theme in Ryan’s life, as he played junior, university, and senior hockey – where he captured an Allan Cup, the national senior amateur men’s ice hockey championship of Canada in 2017. Another activity that Ryan enjoys in his downtime is golfing with friends and family and scored his very first hole in one while golfing on October 9th, 2022. This is an incredible achievement as a hole in one is only scored once every 3,500 golf rounds. Interestingly, only 1-2% of golfers score a hole in one in a year, and the average handicap of a golfer making a hole in one is 14.

A hole in one is an achievement foxtr even professional golfers and is sometimes referred to as an ace. In fact, 16 out of the world’s top 50 golfers, including multiple major champions Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Bubba Watson, and Brooks Koepka, have never had a hole-in-one in a PGA Tour event, and only three of Woods’ 20 career holes-in-ones took place during PGA Tour tournament play!

Influencing The Next Generation

Embracing a lifestyle of health and fitness is a passion for Ryan. His motivation is to be the best role model for his son, William, who turns five on December 22.  Ryan loves to spend time on the ice with William, and they also enjoy playing soccer, baseball, and hopefully someday soon, a regular round of golf together.

With Ryan traveling regularly for work, he credits Facetime with allowing him to stay connected with William and ensure that he celebrates his son’s developmental milestones while away. Ryan spends all his vacation time with his son, who lives in Eastern Canada, as he wants to continue to create new father-son memories together.