Gary Stairs

Forklift Instructor

With 40 years’ experience safely operating forklifts across a wide variety of industries, Gary Stairs offers unparalleled industry knowledge and expertise. Since 2011, he has conducted Forklift Certification for all, making sure students have a clear understanding of the safety and stability procedures for operating a variety of lift trucks. Stairs splits this time with Durham College (DC) where he serves as the Automotive Technologist for the Whitby Campus, and teaches in the Crane, Rigging and Construction Techniques, and Automotive programs. A graduate of DC’s Forklift Mechanic program, Stairs spent 27 years with J.H. Ryder Machinery Limited in this role before returning to the college. His other licences include: Truck and Coach Mechanic, Automotive Mechanic, Propane and Natural Gas Installer/Handler. He also holds the following certifications: Electric Vehicle, Ozone Depletion, Train the Trainer in Lift trucks, Telehandler, and Scissor Lift operations.