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Ron Marcolin

Executive Director
SPARK (Formerly the Metal Working Association of New Brunswick)
10 Fairholme Street
Quispamsis, NB  E2E 5B4
506-651-2251 c


Ron Marcolin serves as the Executive Director of SPARK – formally known as the Metal Working Association of New Brunswick, where he supports and advocates on behalf of companies who employ thousands of trades people in welding shops, industrial fabrication, machining, engineering and materials supply.

Ron also represents Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) as their Divisional Vice President for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. CME is Canada’s largest industry and trade association and focuses on the key priorities of companies to help them grow and be more competitive here and around the world.

Ron also is The Chair the Coalition of New Brunswick Employers – an active group of the top 30 business associations whose members collectively employ nearly two-thirds of the provinces entire private sector workforce. The group advocates on behalf of companies to ensure entrepreneurs issues are heard and understood. The Coalition is currently leading the charge to control costs of workers compensation insurance premiums – in which employers rates went up 33% for 2017. The final report of the sub-committee evaluating the ongoing situation is expected very soon.

Ron has over 25 years’ experience in sales, marketing and business development and has worked in a variety of roles over the years including professional services at both Grant Thornton and Deloitte in New Brunswick and in Calgary. He has also managed the national portfolio of Corporate Business Development for Ducks Unlimited Canada as well as been an Associate in The Marketing Department of The 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.

He has also served in the past on CME’s NB/PEI Advisory Board from 2009 – 2011 and continues to be a strong supporter of his community. Currently he is on the Board of Directors of The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation and has been The Chair of The Board and The Campaign Chair of The United Way of Greater Saint John. He has Chaired two groups within The Saint John Board of Trade as well as The 2012 Memorial Cup Bid Committee for The Saint John Sea Dogs Major Junior Hockey Club.

Ron is one of four children, grew up in Trail, BC, but clearly made the trek east and lives in Quispamsis as a new “empty nester” with his proud New Brunswick born wife Sue and their Wheaton Terrier Lily. After 5 kids between them, they are keen to take up golf, fishing and boating again. They recently welcomed their first grandchild Charlotte into the world.