ROBERT KUCHERAN - General Vice President
Robert Kucheran was raised in Port Arthur, (now Thunder Bay) Ontario. He left home at 16 years of age to play hockey in the Ontario Hockey League where he played for the Oshawa Generals for 5 years. After the OHL, he attended York University on a hockey scholarship.
He first became a member of the IUPAT in April 1985 working as a summer student at the Port Arthur Ship Building Company in Thunder Bay. Robert returned to school in 1992 and earned a diploma in International Business.
It was after graduation that he became the Business Manager of Local 1671 in Thunder Bay. During this time, he was elected Secretary to the local building trades. He was also a director with the Superior North Apprenticeship Board.
In 2000, Robert and his family located to Caledonia, Ontario when he took the position as Organizer with Local 205 Hamilton. Robert was appointed General President’s Representative in the fall of that same year. As GPR, he attended the Harvard University Trade Union Program in 2001.