Claudio Spagnuolo is a plumbing inspector for the city of Brampton in Ontario, Canada. Brampton is the ninth largest city in Canada, with a population of approximately 600,000 people — a number that is growing rapidly. He has been an inspector with the city of Brampton for 23 years and is also an ongoing member of the Ontario Plumbing Inspector Association (OPIA) advisory committee.
Spagnuolo started working just after high school as he pushed a broom around for a mechanical contractor in his prefabrication shop. This led to an opportunity for an apprenticeship in the plumbing industry and thus started his career. He became licensed and continued his education by completing courses through the Local 46 night school, then achieved his Master Plumbing Certificate at Local 46. During the Ontario recession of 1989 and after a year of unemployment, he obtained the position of plumbing inspector with the city of Brampton.
In 1997, Spagnuolo started teaching night school with Local 46 and enrolled in the United Association (UA) Instructor Training Program. He taught various courses to apprentices, including basic plumbing, code updates and regulations, and backflow prevention. In 2000, during Instructor Training in Ann Arbor, Mich. IAPMO CEO Russ Chaney approached him and asked if he was interested in participating in a plumbing certification committee and standards review committee.
Spagnuolo has been a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), serving on multiple committees, throughout the past two decades. In late 2008, he accepted a seat on the CSA-CIPH (Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating) committee for the Canadian Plumbing Inspectors Education and Training Program Steering Committee. This committee initialized and implemented a program for national standardization of plumbing inspectors across Canada. Prior to this, in 2004, he was asked to sit on the plumbing sub-committee to update and rewrite the Certificate of Qualification Provincial Exam due to his knowledge and expertise regarding the plumbing trade. This led to Spagnuolo participating in the draft and validation of the “Plumber” Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination.
In 2015, he was presented with the Canadian Standard of Excellence award at the Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) Workshop for significant contributions in the development and review of the plumber trade. Furthermore, the UA National Apprentice Competition recruited him to judge plumbing apprentices’ skills and knowledge primarily in 2015 and again in 2017. UA Canada relies on Spagnuolo as a resource person for plumbing-related issues due to his experience within the trade.
Recently, he became a Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) Certified Instructor through the U.S. Green Building Council for Fundamentals of Building Green, Plumbing, and Mechanical Systems.
“The plumbing industry has become a big part of my life,” he says, “I have passion and respect for the trade and the people within it because they are guiding and shaping the future.” Spagnuolo is looking forward to working directly with President DJ Nunez and the IAPMO Board of Directors.
Claudio’s oldest son, Michael, has followed him into the trade and is a licensed plumber with Local 46. His second son, Alfredo, has completed his bachelor and graduated with honors from Wilfrid Laurier University and is now completing a Masters of Environment and Sustainability program at the University of Western Ontario. His youngest son, Spence, is a six-grader with a strong passion for hockey.
Many of Spagnuolo’s recent achievements and awards have been accomplished with the support and dedication of his loving girlfriend, Janice Stewart.