Message from the CEO
As we wrap up another impactful year, Skills/Compétences Canada
is proud of all the work that we did to
the skills movement and highlight all
the career opportunities that
available to Canadian youth.
This year we celebrated our 25
Skills Canada National Competition
in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The event was a great success
with more than 7,000 student visitors in attendance and over 550 competitors who competed in 44 Skill Areas. I would like to thank the Skills Canada Nova Scotia staff
our many volunteers
for their dedication and support for this important event.
The Halifax event also included the 2019 Team Canada Selecti
which was the final phase of the selection of the Canadian youth that represented us at
the WorldSkills Competition. A special thank you to all t
hose competitors, trainers and their supporters that put in tireless hours
into this process.
You are all winners
whether you were selected to repre
sent Canada or not.
Following the Skills Canada National Competition
, our 32 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competed against the best in the world in
Skill Areas at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. They made our country proud as they
were awarded with
one silver medal and 14 medallions of excellence
but were excellent ambassadors for the country
. Great job team!
Official Launch for the
National Skilled Trades and Technology Week
at the British Columbia Institute of Technology
. Over 400 students from local middle schools and high schools were onsite to experience the trades
Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities offered by our
This week of activities was created to raise awareness of the many exciting and lucrative career pathways that are available in the skilled trades and technologies.
along with the
several events hosted across the country by our SCC member organizations
in trades and technology
to our future workforce
, young Canadians
Canada along with Skills Canada British Columbia are gearing up for the 2020 Skills Canada National Competition being held in Vancouver, B
on May 28
29, 2020, at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
This marks SCC's 26
Skills Canada National Competition and represents a qualifying year
ome of our best performers
the chance to
compete at WorldSkills
t's going to be an exciting year with new initiatives
being added such as an Indigenous Showcase
Young Women in Construction Trades Conference
hope you will join us at SCNC Vancouver 2020 in #creatingpossibilities for Canada's future workforce.
As this year comes to an end, I would like to thank
hundreds of volunteers
staff, our National Board
and our Member Organizations
for all the work they
throughout the year to
It is because of your dedication and support that we
reach more than 350,000 youth across the country
In closing, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to continuing to work with you to impact the professional journeys
of Canadian youth in 2020.
Chief Executive Officer
Skills/Compétences Canada In the News
Here are some recent news clips featuring Skills/Compétences Canada, its Member Organizations and the 15th National Skilled Trades and Technology Week:
- Read this press release issued by
and published on September 25, 2019: Skills/Compétences Canada Elects National Board and New Executive Committee.
-Check out this press release by
distributed on November 5, 2019: Special Guests and Students Gather at British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, B.C. to Launch the 15th National Skilled Trades and Technology Week.
-Listen to this radio clip on
on September 9, 2019, featuring Jack Dupuis, Silver Medalist in Heavy Vehicle Technology at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 (in French only):
TVA 6 o'clock News from Quebec
TVA Nouvelles de 18h de Québec).
-Read this article featured in CollisionRepairMag.com on September 9, 2019, highlighting Jack Dupuis: Canadian repairers crush WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
-Listen to this radio clip on 98.5 Montreal featuring Jack Dupuis, on September 13, 2019 (in French only): Canada wins a silver medal at the WorldSkills Competition in Russia, the winner is with us (Le Canada a récolté la médaille d'argent au Mondial des métiers qui avait lieu en Russie, le gagnant est avec nous).
-Read this article featuring Jack Dupuis published on September 18, 2019 in Autosphere: Canada Showcases Talent at WorldSkills.
-Read this article featured in The
on October 31, 2019: Ontario Announces Major Program Investment in Skilled Trades.
-Check out this interesting article in
published on November 2, 2019: To attract a generation that grew up with cellphones and iPads, the construction industry goes high-tech, featuring an interview with Shaun Thorson, CEO of Skills/Compétences Canada.
-Read this article featured in
Plumbing & HVAC
on November 6, 2019: Canada to celebrate National Skilled Trades and Technology.
-Read this article in
on November 8, 2019:
Provinces Step Up with New Funds to Boost Trades During National Skilled Trades and Technology Week.
-Check out this article: A Look at Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Saskatchewan, featured in
on November 11, 2019, highlighting NSTTW 2019.
-Check out this article and video in the
Cape Breton Post
published on November 13, 2019: Skills training shared with young Cape Breton students, highlighting the Skilled Futures for Women initiative, presented by Skills Canada Nova Scotia.
- Read this article in
published on November 24, 2019: Skills Canada competition helps students consider trades, technology careers, featuring the 17th annual Skills Canada Intermediate Challenge hosted by Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador.
-Check out this article in the
(on page 20) published on November 24, 2019: Essential Skills key to trades success, which highlights the importance of Essential Skills for careers in the skilled trades and technologies.
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Jack Dupuis, Silver Medalist at the 2019 WorldSkills Competition in Kazan,
in Heavy Vehicle Technology, Tells us About his
Jack grew up in the mechanical field. His father and grandfather are mechanics and they were his first teachers and mentors. Jack asked them a lot of questions about mechanics when he was young. When he started his Diploma of Professional Studies (DVS) he also met several professors who became his mentors.
Jack became involved with the skills competitions as soon as he learned that this type of competition existed. He spoke to the teacher who organized competitions in their school and competed in his first Regional Skills Competition in Winnipeg where he won gold. He went on to compete at the Provincial Skills Competition in Montreal and again won the gold medal. Following this, he competed at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition, in Edmonton where he placed first once again. At the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition, in Halifax, he qualified to compete at the 2019 WorldSkills Competition, in Kazan, where he won the silver medal and the title of Best of Nation for Canada!
The advice he would give young people when choosing their careers is that it is important to consider all fields, even those that do not require a university degree. Skilled trades can offer excellent opportunities and a good salary. It is important to choose a career that you feel passionate about and that will make you happy.
Jack Dupuis shared his career journey at the official launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, in Burnaby, B.C.,
on November 5, 2019.
Jack currently works as a professor at the Heavy Vehicle Mechanics Training Centre, where he studied. He would like to remain involved with Skills Canada as a mentor to future competitors. This would give him the opportunity to share his knowledge and expertise. He recently participated in Skills Canada's official launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Burnaby, British Columbia, where he gave an inspiring speech about his skills journey.
Testimonials from WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Competitors
Skills/Compétences Canada asked the members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 to share the highlights of their participation at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 and here's what they had to say.
Adam Sebastian, Welding
One of the highlights of my experience happened on familiarization day, when I walked into a room full of the best welders in the world and realized that I am one of them. In addition, the bond that was made between all Canadian competitors was also amazing. We had different languages and different personalities, but we would all come together.
Adam Sebastian competed at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Clarissa Roque, Pâtisserie and Confectionery
Through my training for the WorldSkills Competition, I learned how to work more efficiently by improving my organizational skills. I have gained confidence in my abilities and can think on my feet when things go sideways. I knew I would have to adapt under time constraints, so I already went into competition with contingencies in mind. All my skills were improved upon prior to the competition and I continue to use them in my day-to-day endeavors.
Clarissa Roque competed at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Karim Ait-Allaoua, Mobile Robotics
The highlight of my experience at the WorldSkills Competition was after the competition was finished and all of the competitors were handing out their gifts and getting along with one another. It was a surprisingly calm atmosphere during the competition and afterwards. My experience during the WorldSkills Competition has improved my work as I was given access to equipment and knowledge that would otherwise be very hard for me to obtain. This gives me a big advantage in my work environment.
Karim Ait-Allaoua and Herman Muller competed at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Maggie Friesen, Car Painting
The highlight for me was the One School One Country Program where we visited a school in Kazan. It was great seeing how other countries are educating the next generation and the whole experience was super fun. My experience at the WorldSkills Competition will improve my work by giving me the satisfaction of knowing that if I want to improve my skills in an area, I know that I can if I put my mind to it.
Maggie Friesen competed at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Taylor Desjardins, Cabinetmaking
I think the best parts of the competition were the amazing set-up of the Skill Areas and how professional the competition was. It looked like a shop from a dream; the tools and machines on site were immaculate. Another highlight was the
opening and closing ceremonies! The dancing, the fireworks and the fact that the stage opened up was stunning. I would say it was better than the Olympics!! A lot of stress comes from my work so being able to compete on a world stage against the best of the best has given me a starting point to be better at my current job. I'm able to work faster and harder under stressful situations. Without the skills competitions under my belt I would not be so far ahead in my career.
Taylor Desjardins competed at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
SCNC 2020 National Technical Committee Planning Meeting
The chairs, co-chairs and the local committee members of the
45 Skill Areas
attended the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) planning meeting at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) in Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 1 and 2. They were tasked with finalizing their projects, site plans and infrastructure requirements for the 2020 Skills Canada National Competition. During their stay, they also had the opportunity to visit the VCC which will be the host venue for SCNC Vancouver 2020.
Numerous SCNC sponsors attended to review and discuss project infrastructure requirements with the committee members. Sponsors included ABB, BC Brick Supplies LTD., BC Technology for Learning Society, Brenco, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Bunzl Safety (McCordick), Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Canadian Woodworker, ConsuLab, Cummins, Emerson, FESTO, Finning CAT, FixturLaser, Fluke, Graybar, Great West Equipment, Greenlee, Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, John Bean, Lincoln Electric, MacTools, Magnum Marketing, Mitutoyo, NAPA, National Sprinkler Industry JTAC, Barry Hamel, Reimer Hardwood, RIDGID, Rockwell Automation, Stanley/DeWALT, Thomas Skinner, Vancouver Community College, Viega, Volkswagen Group Canada, and WorkSafe BC. Having the partners providing input and expertise at this meeting with the committees is instrumental in the planning process for the competitions.
Skills/Compétences Canada would like to thank these dedicated volunteer committee members and our sponsors who work hard over the course of the year to ensure that the Skills Canada National Competition is a success! We could not do it without you!
SCC Wraps up its 15th National Skilled Trades and Technology Week!
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) would like to thank everyone who participated at the official launch of the 15th National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW), held on November 5 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). This event is aimed at raising awareness to students and educators about the incredible skilled trade and technology career opportunities available across Canada
This year's launch was a success with a great attendance that included industry and education partners who were there to encourage Canada's youth to consider skilled trade and technology careers as first choice options. Special guests included: Karen Creditor, President, Skills/Compétences Canada; Farnaz Riahi, Chief Financial Officer, Industry Training Authority; Wayne Hand, Dean, School of Construction and the Environment, British Columbia Institute of Technology; Jack Dupuis, Silver Medalist in Heavy Vehicle Technology and Canada's Best of Nation at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 and Clarissa Roque, Medallion of Excellence winner in Pâtisserie/Confectionery at the 45th WorldSkills Competition, in Kazan, Russia.
From left to right: Farnaz Riahi, Karen Creditor, Jack Dupuis, Clarissa Roque and Wayne Hand attended the official launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week.
We would like to thank all of our partners who hosted 25 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities. At the NSTTW 2019 Launch, over 400 middle school and high school students and their teachers attended this flagship event. They tried a wide variety of interactive activities which gave them a glimpse into the exciting skilled trade and technology career opportunities available to them. Thank you to our official launch partners the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) for their involvement and support.
Also highlighted at the event was the importance of Document Use, one of the nine Essential Skills identified as fundamental to working in the skilled trade and technology industries. For more information on the nine Essential Skills visit the
Essential Skills webpage
. SCC also took the opportunity to announce that the 26th Skills Canada National Competition will be taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre May 28 and 29. We are excited to be back in Vancouver and hope you will join us in #creatingpossibilities for Canadian youth at SCNC Vancouver 2020!
Visiting students participated in a Try-A-Trade® and Technology activity hosted by BCIT during National Skilled Trades and Technology Week.
During the week, SCC's provincial/territorial member organizations across the country also hosted a series of events to promote skilled trade and technology activities in Canada. For more information, visit the
on the SCC website.
Highlighting the Essential Skills at NSTTW 2019
At the 15th National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW) official launch, students and visitors made their way to the Essential Skills booth where they were able to try out the Essential Skills Mobile App. Students worked through the App to better understand their level of Essential Skills and how it relates to skilled trade and technology careers. In addition, the ES Work Ready Youth Program (ESWRYP) workbooks were on display for teachers to browse and familiarize themselves with the nine Essential Skills. The ESWRYP is a series of modules created to help learners and students not only test their Essential Skills but also improve their level of Essential Skills through a series of specialised Essential Skills exercises. Document Use, the theme for NSTTW 2019 and the 2020 Skills Canada National Competition, was put to the test as students filled out their ES passport by visiting various Try-A-Trade
and Technology activities for their chance to win a prize. It is important to highlight the Essential Skills as they are the necessary foundation for all facets of learning.
Thank you to the RBC Foundation for their support with our youth initiative. RBC Foundation survey links and a QR code were available for students to provide feedback of their participation.
For more information about the RBC Foundation, the Essential Skills, and access to the ES Mobile App or, to receive a copy of the modules, please contact Marisa Sosa, Senior Manager, Programs at:
Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Skills Canada
Next year's Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) will be held May 28 and 29, 2020, at the
Vancouver Convention Centre
, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
2020 marks the 26th year of the Skills Canada National Competition. Through SCNC, Skills/Compétences Canada promotes skilled trade and technology careers to Canadian youth through competition and fun, interactive Try-A-Trade
and Technology activities. The Skills Canada National Competition is our flagship event and is an ideal way to connect with tomorrow's workforce!
Come to SCNC and see the 550 plus competitors in action as they compete for the title of national champion in over 40 skilled trade and technology Skill Areas. SCNC Vancouver 2020 will also be a qualifying year for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021.
SCNC 2020 Highlights include
- Over 7,500 student visitors
- Over 50 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities
- Over 40 skill competitions representing six sectors: Construction; Employment; Information Technology; Manufacturing and Engineering; Transportation and Service
- Over 550 secondary and post-secondary competitors from across Canada
- HGTV celebrities Kate Campbell and Sebastian Clovis (invited)
- Tie-in to the importance of the nine Essential Skills in the skilled trades and technologies with a focus on this year's theme, Document Use
- Essential Skills stage: partners can highlight their trade or technology through interactive demonstrations during the two days of competition
- "Career Zone" where over 60 industry partners will demonstrate their brand or trade through interactive activities with visitors of all ages
- Networking events attended by corporate sponsors, educators, national and provincial industry partners, labour and government stakeholders
- Qualifying year for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021
- Young Women in Construction Conference, hosted by Presenting Sponsor UA Canada: An informative, interactive event that will include panel discussions with experienced mentors about the vast opportunities in the construction trades that are available to young women
- Indigenous Showcase, hosted by the BC Construction Foundation, who is partnering with communities and organizations across the country to deliver workshops that will increase awareness and participation of Indigenous youth in the skilled trades
- NEW for SCNC 2020: Technology Zone, featuring computer animations, drone simulation and more!
its location near the mouth of the
Fraser River and on the waterways of the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet, and their tributaries, has for thousands of years, been a place of meeting, trade and settlement. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. Winters in Greater Vancouver are the fourth mildest of Canadian cities after nearby Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan, all on Vancouver Island.
We could not hold an event of this magnitude without the support of our partners, volunteers and stakeholders, including the Government of Canada, our education partners and many, many others.
Our multi-year partners include:
Computers for Success Canada
Emerson Climate Technologies
Featherlite a Louisville Ladder Company
Gene Haas Foundation
Sheet Metal Workers Local 296
Stanley / DeWalt
Target / Quikrete
Volvo Construction Equipment
To find out more about our sponsorship opportunities that would best suit your organization, please contact:
Gail Vent, Director, Business Development and Marketing, Skills/Compétences Canada, 1-877-754-5336 ext. 507, email@example.com, or download our
Shanghai Will Host The 46th WorldSkills Competition
Shanghai is hosting the 46th WorldSkills Competition from September 22 to 27, 2021. Over 1,300 competitors from more than 60 member countries and regions will gather in Shanghai, China to compete for the title of international champion.
Skills/Compétences Canada will be announcing the WorldSkills Team Canada 2021 Prospects following the 2020 Skills Canada National Competition. The members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2021 will be competing in 29 Skill Areas against the best in the world at WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 for the chance to be named international champion.
Held every two years, the WorldSkills Competition is the world's largest professional education event and represents the gold standard of excellence in skilled trades and technologies. The WorldSkills Competition inspires young competitors to reach new heights, helping them turn their passion into a profession.
For more information about WorldSkills Shanghai 2021,
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Diversity and Inclusion in the Construction Trades in Canada
A career in the construction trades should be a consideration for all students. With the tradespeople in construction being traditionally male, women and under-represented groups are now being introduced to the trades on a larger scale. Many organizations are now seeing under-represented groups as an untapped resource of future tradespeople for their industries.
Statistics show that introducing construction trades to younger students can help in the area of recruitment. Retention is also critical and support through industry is also very important. Many organizations have started programs to recruit and retain under-represented groups such as women.
The Government of Canada shows its support of the skilled trades by assisting in the recruitment of tradespeople to the Red Seal Trades with the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant. They have gone a step further and introduced the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant. The pilot for the latter two programs came into effect in December 2018 and is scheduled to last five years.
Skills/Compétences Canada supports the construction trades and assists in the recruitment of under-represented groups with programs like their mentoring workshops and conferences at both their provincial and national competitions. For example, in 2019, Skills Canada Alberta held the GETT (Girls Exploring Trades and Technology) Conference, in Edmonton. At this event, tradeswomen sat in as "industry influencers" to mentor the young women that were attending. They also presented a panel of tradeswomen that told their stories on stage and answered questions from the audience. There were at least a hundred girls who had the chance to spend quality time with these "industry influencers" who gave them guided tours of the Skills Alberta competition. They were also given the opportunity to experience many trades at the Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities throughout the exhibition.
UA Canada is working diligently to increase the number of under-represented groups in the skilled trades and has many programs in place for recruitment and retention, focusing on women and under-represented groups. In May of 2019, UA
Canada hosted the Young Women in Construction Conference during the Skills Canada National Competition, in Halifax. This conference introduced tradeswomen from the Halifax area and invited them to speak about their experiences in their trade of choice to an audience of young students. The tradeswomen then hosted their own mentoring tables and spoke about their trades to the students, one-on-one. Students were also given backpacks filled with information about each of the trades presented, as well as promotional items. They left with lots of information to help direct them toward a career in the trades.
At this Skills Canada National Competition, UA Canada also hosted 26 students from indigenous communities in the Halifax area. They were invited to attend the opening ceremony at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition, in Halifax, which proved to be a high-energy celebration. Good sports, good spirits and good fun! The following day, students were given guided tours of the Skills Canada National Competition and exhibition. They had the opportunity to observe, explore and participate in the Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities of their choice. The students were then bussed to United Association Local 56 to tour their training facilities, guided by their Business Manager Darren Muise. After they packed bag lunches, they boarded their bus for the long journey home with lots of new possible career paths to think about.
UA Canada is also reaching out to young people with its National Parental Wellness Benefits Program - a first of its kind in the construction industry in Canada. These benefits include support for pregnant workers in order to keep them and their unborn child safe. They also have top-up benefits for those members receiving maternity or parental Employment Insurance benefits while at home with their child during the first formative year of life. UA Canada believes this will help in the recruitment and retention of tradespeople in the Piping Trades and will encourage other associations to follow their lead.
With the expected shortage of 250,000 tradespeople in the next 5-10 years due to retirement, time is of the essence. We need to begin now to recruit, train and retain the next generation of workers. With an inclusive and diverse workforce, the next generation of skilled tradespeople will be our strongest yet.
For more information about UA Canada and their programs, please visit:
: UA Canada
Mitutoyo Canada Inc. is a Proud Supporter of Skills
Mitutoyo Canada Inc. has supported the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) for the last six years and what a rewarding experience it has been! As a company, we believe that it is essential to be involved with youth in skilled trades to ensure they have access to the best metrology equipment in the world. We are here to support Canadian academics and to help build solid skill sets for the future workers of our great nation. Our brand is recognized as "The Best Quality" throughout many industries in Canada and around the world. It's not just about the quality of the product but manufacturing expertise and knowledge, giving students the best experience. Going into our 2020 partnership, we are excited to interact with the fantastic students who stop by our booth at SCNC and those who are taking part in the Skill
Come visit us at these Skill Areas at SCNC Vancouver 2020:
Precision Machining, CNC Machining, Industrial Mechanic/Millwright, Heavy Vehicle Technology and Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment.
Contributed by: Mitutoyo Inc.
Consulab is a Proud Partner of the 2020 Skills Canada National Competition, in Vancouver
The ConsuLab CL-1918-3 Lighting System Trainer was a big hit with members during a friendly competition at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) during
National Skilled Trades and Technology Week on November 5. For more information visit
How is Big Data Revolutionizing Manufacturing?
The era of big data has recently emerged, and manufacturing companies are increasingly collecting and analyzing production data to identify patterns and relationships amongst process steps and inputs. "Big data can be a critical tool for realizing improvements in yield, particularly in any manufacturing environment in which process complexity, process variability and capacity restraints are present," said management consulting firm McKinsey in a recent report.
At Sandvik Coromant, Vahid Kalhori, Manager of R&D Intelligent Machining, says big data provides opportunities in many stages of a manufacturing process and for future business models. "For instance, when rolling a product, you are exerting mechanical forces on it," he says. "You want to know how this affects its physical properties in every step of the production in order to make modifications and optimize the process."
Continued development in sensor technology and falling prices for data storage are making it possible to capture and store enormous amounts of high-quality, real-time data. Such high-quality information can also be used as a commodity, and companies that successfully build up their capabilities in big data can create a competitive edge.
Contributed by: Sandvik Coromant
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