Summer 2019 e-newsletter

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Message from the CEO 
The 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) marked another successful event as we celebrated the 25th anniversary of SCNC! The event was well attended with over 7,000 visiting students from Nova Scotia, who had the opportunity to discover the many careers in skilled trades and technology by participating in over 50 Try-A-Trade ® and Technology activities. In attendance there were also many industry, labour, education and government representatives who were onsite to meet the students and inform them of the many exciting career options available to them. Also joining us this year to promote these lucrative and interesting careers were HGTVs Kate Campbell and Sebastian Clovis, and local celebrity chef Andy Hay. Thank you to everyone for making this such an impactful 25th anniversary event. A special thank you to all of our volunteers for their tireless efforts!
During SCNC 2019, we held the first WorldSkills Team Canada Selection Event where the two highest ranking age eligible participants in 29 Skills Areas battled it out for a spot on Team Canada. The winners and official members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 were announced at the Closing Ceremony. These 32 members will be heading off to Kazan in August to compete at the prestigious 45th WorldSkills Competition. We are very proud of their hard work and dedication and wish them the best of luck on their journey to the international stage.
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) has begun planning for National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW) which is taking place from November 3 to 10, 2019 across Canada. SCC and its Member Organizations will be hosting activities during this week to get Canadian youth interested in skilled trade and technology careers. SCC will be hosting the official launch of NSTTW on Tuesday, November 5, in Vancouver. Join us for this inspiring day of activities.
SCC along with Skills Canada British Columbia has begun preparations for the 26th Skills Canada National Competition which will be held May 28 and 29, 2020, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This fall, members of our National Technical Committee and many of our SCNC partners will be meeting in Vancouver to develop the scope and projects for the 44 Skill Areas. SCC would like to thank all of its volunteers and partners for their continued support. We could not host an event of this magnitude without them. We hope to see you in Vancouver for SCNC 2020!
Shaun Thorson
Chief Executive Officer
Skills/Compétences Canada 
Skills/Compétences Canada In the News  

Here are some recent news clips featuring the 25th Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC):
- Read this press release issued by Skills/Compétences Canada on May 28: Camping Expedition Officially Launches the 25th Skills Canada National Competition.

- Check out this press release issued by
Skills/Compétences Canada on May 30 announcing the results of SCNC: National Champions in 44 Skill Areas Medaled at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition.

- Read this press issued by Skills/Compétences Canada on May 30 announcing Team Canada: Official Members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Get Ready for Russia.

Check out these interviews:
Global Halifax Interviews National Technical Committee Members and Celebrities in these Skill Areas: 
- Heavy Vehicle Technology interview featuring Sandra Hoffman, NTC member

- Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Phil Ursulescu talks about CNC Machining

- Cooking with NBCC instructor Dave Irvin

- Cooking with Andy Hay, celebrity chef

- In-studio interview with HGTV's Kate Campbell and Sebastian Clovis

Northern News Services Interviews SCNC Competitors:

- No medals, but Team NWT building experience for Skills Canada nationals in Vancouver next year

  - No national medals for Nunavut, but Skills Canada lessons will last a lifetime, competitor says
- Naujaat's Neevee Kidlapik can talk with the best of them

-Teghan Angulalik is certain hairstyling will be her profession

- Eli Qaqqasiq's sweet hobby takes him to Halifax

- Taloyoak's Holly Tulurialik can take apart an engine

The Canadian Contractor Recaps SCNC

Read these articles published by participating schools:
- College of New Caledonia (CNC) apprentice student Dustin Cathcart won the gold medal in the Industrial Mechanic/Millwright Skill Area at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) in Halifax May 28 and 29.
-   Samuel Robertson Technical student-chef Julia Broda won a silver medal in the cooking/cuisine category at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition in Halifax last week.
- Georgian College's Mark Reckzin strikes gold at Skills Canada National Competition.

- Humber College took Halifax by storm in the Skills Canada National Competition.   
Social Media Highlights

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Halifax Hosts 25th Skills Canada National Competition
The 25th Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) was held May 28 and 29 at the Halifax Exhibition Centre, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Over 550 competitors from across Canada competed in 44 skilled trade and technology competitions ranging from Bricklaying and Landscape Gardening to Graphic Design, Aerospace Technology, Mobile Robotics, Baking and Public Speaking to name a few.
The Opening Ceremony kicked off the event on May 27 with a lively performance by 12 Wing Pipes and Drums Military Band followed by the parade of teams from each province and territory. Skills Canada's emcee Jean Bruyère welcomed everyone to Halifax and wished the competitors good luck as they compete for the title of national champion. Many speakers addressed the audience and offered encouraging words to the competitors including presenting sponsors, Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) representatives and alumni. The ceremony closed with a folksy performance by Old Man Luedeck.

The 12 Wing Pipes and Drums Military Band Kick Off the Opening Ceremony.

Several industry celebrities also attended SCNC and participated in many activities including the Official Launch, interactive on-stage demonstrations, specialized discussions, and several Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities that were held throughout the competition. Special guests included: Kate Campbell, HGTV Star Founder of KateBuilds Inc., Sebastian Clovis, Renovator and DIY Enthusiast and Andy Hay, Celebrity Chef. They were on site to raise awareness of the variety of career opportunities available in the skilled trades and technologies and to inform over 7,500 student visitors about these incredible opportunities.
HGTV's Kate Campbell and Sebastian Clovis engage the student visitors through an interactive presentation on the importance of Continuous Learning in the skilled trades. 
A few highlights of SCNC 2019 include:
  • Many Skills Canada partners were on-site as exhibitors. They had the opportunity to showcase their trade through over 50 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities.
  • The importance of the nine Essential Skills (ES) in the skilled trades and technologies were showcased throughout the event; Continuous Learning was the Essential Skill that was highlighted and incorporated in all SCNC activities.
  • The ES Forum, which was held in partnership with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, focused on the importance of Continuous Learning within industry and post-secondary education as well as the Essential Skills and different apprenticeship programs in Halifax.
  • The ES Talks, hosted in partnership with Futurworx, featured several panelists including celebrities, industry and education partners and Skills Canada alumni who discussed Essential Skills and their importance in the skilled trades.
  • The ES Stage featured celebrities, partners and National Technical Committee members who engaged the visiting students through fun and interactive activities.
  • The Essential Skills Youth Assembly gathered to discuss and provide recommendations on SCC activities and programs. This year's theme was building relationships with Essential Skills: Preparing for the skilled trades of the future.
Thousands of student visitors gather at SCNC Halifax 2019.

At the Closing Awards Ceremony, the medalists were announced and proudly stood on the podium. The complete list of medal winners is available on the Skills Canada Website . These medals were awarded to the top champions in six skilled trade and technology sectors: transportation, construction, manufacturing and engineering, information technology, service and employment.
During the ceremony three special awards were presented. First was t he Award of Recognition, which was given to the National Technical Committee volunteers who went the extra mile to ensure SCNC's success. Congratulations to Brian Nicholl from Nova Scotia, in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Joe Bidermann from Nova Scotia, in Landscape Gardening and Jeremy Braithwaite from Ontario, in Mechanical Engineering CAD. This was followed by the Team Spirit Award, which was given to the provincial/territorial team who was most active and enthusiastic on social media during SCNC. Congratulations to Team Newfoundland and Labrador! Lastly, congratulations to the skilled trade area Steamfitter/Pipefitter for winning the Safety Award!
Team Newfoundland and Labrador wins the spirit award at SCNC 2019! 
For the first time, Skills/Compétences Canada held a WorldSkills Team Canada Selection Event that coincided with SCNC. At the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition the top two age eligible candidates in 29 Skill Areas were named as WorldSkills Team Canada Prospects and given the opportunity to train for a year to become a part of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019. At the Selection Event the Prospects went head to head and the winners were announced at the Closing Ceremony. The 32 official members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 were named and will be competing at the international level at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. To see the list of winners , click here.
The Closing Ceremony was capped by the flag exchange where it was announced that SCNC 2020 will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, on May 28 and 29, 2020! Through these competitions, SCC seeks to raise awareness about skilled trade and technology sectors to all Canadian youth and their influencers. For more information about SCNC visit:
Watch the SCNC 2019 highlight video on YouTube and check out thousands of photos of the event on Flickr !
Stay tuned for our SCNC Halifax 2019 recap booklet, with special highlights of the 25th Skills Canada National Competition!
The National Alumni Committee Participate in a Leadership Training Hosted by WorldSkills
As part of their role on the Skills/Compétences Canada's National Alumni Committee (NAC), each member was offered the opportunity to participate in a leadership training workshop in Ottawa, last March.  The training was developed by WorldSkills and crafted for Canadian leaders. NAC participants were asked to complete a series of activities that will help identify their key messages.
Over the course of three days, the trainers worked with NAC participants to shape their key messages for a variety of audiences and occasions to convey:

*  How skills change lives
*  The benefit of joining Provincial/Territorial associations
*  The importance of careers in the Skilled Trades
*  How SCC programming helped them in their training/careers
At the end of the training, each NAC member had a unique story to tell. They shared their experiences on following their passion, the commitment it takes to achieve personal excellence, and the value of developing a culture that celebrates the value of skills.
The National Alumni Committee Reconvene at
SCNC Halifax 2019
The NAC held their second meeting in Halifax during the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC). The Committee is comprised of a member from each province and territory, and was created to assist the Alumni Associations across Canada by helping them meet the needs and interests of their Member Organizations.
The NAC Members pose at the 25th SCNC, in Halifax. 
During their time at SCNC, they discussed and reviewed best practices, visions, strategic plans, recruitment, social media, skills events and more. Their main goal is to help Skills Canada succeed in promoting skilled trades and technologies to youth across Canada. NAC is the bridge of communication between the Skills Canada Alumni, Alumni Associations, Member Organizations and Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC). SCC Alumni have much to offer, and it is important to keep them involved to help inspire Canadian youth to follow in their footsteps and to learn from their career journeys. NAC's ultimate goal is supporting the provincial and territorial Alumni Associations through best practices, industry connections, exposure, incentives and volunteer opportunities!
Onsite at SCNC 2019, the Committee members also actively participated in the promotion of skilled trades and technologies through social media, videos and meetings. This included addressing competitors at the Opening Ceremony, speaking to Essential Skills Forum participants, and participating in a segment of ES Talks.
Follow SCC's social media channels to stay up to date with NAC's activities!
The Essential Skills Youth Assembly Gather at SCNC
Always one of the highlights of the Skills Canada National Competition, the Essential Skills Youth Assembly 2019 did not disappoint! Participants from across Canada met for the first time while they came together for four days of activities and discussions around skills in Canada. The highlighted theme this year "Relationships with Essential Skills: Preparing for Skilled Trades of the Future" was a hugely successful topic. Participants shared their personal insights to contribute to the final report.
The Essential Skills Youth Assembly 2019 strike a pose at SCNC. 
In addition to very fruitful discussions and idea generation, participants went through a series of professional development exercises designed to increase their communication skills and knowledge. The participants agreed that coming together as a diverse team who are passionate about skills, discussing their futures, and learning about each other's skills, were the highlights.
A full report of the experience, including recommendations, will be presented to the Skills/Compétences Canada National Board of Directors later this year.
Upcoming Events

Spotlight on World Youth Skills Day 2019
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) is proud to participate in World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) on July 15, 2019. World Youth Skills Day began in 2014 and it highlights the importance of developing skills in youth.
WYSD was created to raise awareness of the importance of acquiring skills as a means to address the challenges of unemployment and under employment, and as a way to achieve better socio-economic conditions for today's youth. The second objective of WYSD is to generate greater awareness of and discussion on the importance of technical, vocational education, and training and the development of other skills relevant to local and global economies. For more information, click here.
To highlight this day, SCC will be sharing a variety of terrific content including the winners of our DEWALT Canada #TradeStory Contest. One winner has been picked from every province and territory and we can't wait to share their stories with you. Stay tuned on our social media channels!
Join us in celebrating this day by using #WYSD2019, the official hashtag for that day, to join WorldSkills, the United Nations and Skills/Compétences Canada to promote this important campaign!
Visit SCC's Facebook , Instagram  and Twitter pages for the latest World Youth Skills Day updates.
SCC Launches ES Back to School Campaign to
Highlight Essential Skills Day
Skills/Compétences Canada invites you to participate in this social media initiative aimed at promoting the  Essential Skills program  in conjunction with back to school on Essential Skills Day, Thursday, September 19th 2019.
Tweet, Facebook a Post, or Instagram a story about how you use Essential Skills (ES). You can include ES at work, school, or everyday activities.
Don't forget to hashtag #ESD2019 #The9AtWork and #essentialskills.
Skills/Compétences Canada's Back to School campaign brings awareness to individuals about developing and maintaining high level Essential Skills. The purpose is to highlight the importance of the nine Essential Skills commonly used in school and the workplace that help young Canadians understand which skill they may need to focus and improve on, as well as how Essential Skills are important for trade or technology careers.
How do students use Essential Skills?

Document Use - interpreting course schedules, campus signs, and course registration forms. This is also the theme for the Skills Canada National Competition 2020.
Thinking Skills - including job task planning & organization to help students sort their school demands with work schedules.
How does Industry/Apprenticeship use Essential Skills?

Document Use - interpret all forms of information, not just words!
Thinking Skills - help Apprentices solve problems and make good decisions!
Good Essential Skills make for successful students, apprentices, and successful future employees.  Click here  for Essential Skills resources.
Visit  to learn more about Essential Skills.
Follow Canada's Journey to Kazan, Russia for the World's Largest Skills Competition!
The 2018 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) was a qualifying year for youth to try out to compete at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. The top two age eligible candidates in 29 Skill Areas had the opportunity to train with the help of a trainer and an expert. These 62 WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 Prospects competed head to head in a WorldSkills Team Canada Selection Event from May 27 to May 29, 2019, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was held in conjunction with the 25th Skills Canada National Competition, to determine who will represent Canada at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. At the Closing Ceremony of SCNC Halifax 2019, the 32 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 were officially announced and invited onstage to pose for an official team photo. Over the next couple of months, they will continue their preparations for the highly challenging four-day competition in Kazan, Russia.  
The official members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 pose for a photo
during the Closing Ceremony.
These competitors represent the best of their peers and have earned a spot on their country's team through dedication and hard work. At the WorldSkills Competition, competitors will participate in simulated real work challenges, and will be judged against international quality standards. Skills Canada wishes them the best of luck at this inspiring event!
To read WorldSkills Team Canada 's biographies, click here . Follow their journey on the Skills Canada Website at and on our social media platforms #WSTC2019.
About WorldSkills Kazan 2019
Every two years, the WorldSkills Competition represents the best of international excellence in skilled trades and technologies. 2019 will mark the first time that Russia is hosting the WorldSkills Competition. From August 22 to 27, 2019, young competitors from around the globe will gather at the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre for the 45th WorldSkills Competition, with the goal of earning the title of World Champion in their Skill Area. The 32 WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 members will be competing in 29 Skills Areas against the best in the world at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.  
More than 1,300 competitors from up to 80 Member countries and regions who will compete in over 50 Skill Areas representing six sectors: 
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Construction and Building Technology
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Creative Arts and Fashion
  • Social and Personal Services
The Competition takes place in front of approximately 150,000 spectators in over 800,000 square feet of space in a newly constructed building.
The WorldSkills Competition inspires youth to discover the many careers that are available in the skilled trade and technology sectors. With an increasing demand for skilled workers, the trade and technology sectors represent a lucrative and exciting career path for youth around the world. Throughout the Competition, stakeholders from industry, government, and education are provided with the opportunity to exchange information and best practices regarding industry and professional education at networking events and thought-provoking conferences.
The event slogan for the 45th WorldSkills Competition is "Skills for the Future", which is also the official Competition hashtag: #skillsforthefuture   .

For more information, visit:
Get Ready for National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW) November 3 to 10, 2019
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) and its Member Organizations will be hosting events to raise awareness of skilled trade and technology careers to parents, youth and educators. This week of events will include cardboard boat races, young women's conferences, in-school presentations and interactive workshops, to name a few. This is an opportunity for organizations across Canada, industry, education, labour, government, associations and educational institutions, to get involved in promoting skilled trade and technology opportunities to youth in a fun and interactive way.
A list of activities happening in each province and territory will be available shortly at . To obtain more information about these activities, please contact your provincial/territorial office
SCC will be hosting the official launch of NSTTW on Tuesday, November 5th in Vancouver, British Columbia. During the launch, student visitors will have the opportunity to participate in many Try-A-Trade ® and Technology activities and discover the exciting careers that exist in several industry sectors. This year's Essential Skills theme will be Document Use. More information about NSTTW will be available over the coming weeks at
Student visitors participate in a Try-A-Trade® and Technology activity at NSTTW 2018. 
If you are interested in partnering with us for NSTTW 2019, please contact Gail Vent, Director, Business Development and Marketing at [email protected] .
Mark Your Calendar for the 26th
Skills Canada National Competition!
Next year's Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) will be held May 28-29, 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 and 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; Service
  • Over 550 secondary and post secondary competitors from across Canada
  • HGTV celebrities Kate Campbell and Sebastian Clover (invited)
  • Tie-in to the importance of the nine Essential Skills in the skilled trades and  technologies with a focus on Document Use, this year's theme
  • Essential Skills stage: partners can highlight their trade or technology through interactive demonstrations during the two days of competition
  • Dedicated "Career Zone" where over 60 industry partners will demonstrate their brand or trade through interactive activities with visitors
  • VIP networking events attended by corporate sponsors, educators, national and provincial industry partners, labour and government stakeholders
  • Qualifying year for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021
Vancouver , with 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 and stakeholders, including the Government of Canada, our education partners and many, many others.
Our multi-year partners include:

AMJ Campbell
Barry Callebaut
Canadian Copper & Brass Association
Canadian Woodworker
Computers for Success Canada
Copper Development Association
Emerson Climate Technologies
Featherlite a Louisville Ladder Company
Fixturlaser Canada
Gene Haas Foundation
Hammond Manufacturing
In-House Solutions
Lincoln Electric
Mac Tools
McCordick a Bunzl Company
Pivot Point
Sandvik Coromant
Sheet Metal Workers Local 296
Southwire Canada
Stanley / DeWalt
Thomas Skinner
UA Canada
Volvo Construction Equipment

To find our more about our sponsorship opportunities that would best suit your organization, please contact:
Gail Vent, Director, Business Development and Marketing, Skills Canada, 1-877-754-5336 ext. 507, [email protected]  

To stay up to date with SCNC Vancouver 2020, go to:
In dustry News and Stories
UA Hosts Young Women in Construction Conference
At the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, UA Canada hosted its first Young Women in Construction Conference.  
The conference began by introducing a variety of Tradeswomen from across the country, including celebrity Tradeswomen Kate Campbell of many HGTV home improvements shows.  
Each of the Tradeswomen went to the podium and shared their stories. While each story was unique, they all had one thing in common - how happy they were to be working in the construction trades. They spoke of the pride they take in their work and being able to create something that will be enjoyed by many people for many years to come. They also spoke of the freedom that a career in the trades can bring.
After sharing their stories, the Tradeswomen returned to their tables where they had various items from each of their trades. Conference guests were then invited to move around the room, approaching the Tradeswomen at the tables to speak to them and ask their questions.   
Tradeswoman inspire the audience at the Young Women in
Construction Conference in Halifax.
UA Canada hosted this informative event to introduce young women to the trades as a possible career choice. When young women can meet and see women working in the trades, they can see themselves in the trades. Seeing is believing.
UA Canada looks forward to hosting the Young Women in Construction Conference again next year at the 2020 Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver, to inspire more young women to join the trades. We hope to see you there!   
Contributed by: Jill Timushka, B-pressure welder RSE, National Manager of Youth, Diversity and Indigenous Relations, UA Canada
J.D. Irving, Limited and Partners Celebrate
World Youth Skills Day
July is the month we celebrate World Youth Skills Day and the team at J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) is working with many amazing partners to expose and support young people in a rewarding future in the trades.
New Brunswick Teen Apprenticeship Program (NBTAP) 

Since 2013, JDI has proudly participated in The New Brunswick Teen Apprentice Program (NBTAP), an industry-led apprenticeship program for grade 10 and 11 students. This program provides an excellent opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in skilled trades to benefit from a paid work experience with a mentor. NBTAP student apprentices learn practical trade and workplace skills that will help them get a head start. Over their summer work terms, students are coached and mentored on the job, learning practical trade and workplace skills.
PALS En Route to Success

PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools) En Route to Success is offered at the high school level for students attending St. Malachy's Memorial High School in Saint John, NB. This four year program provides opportunities for ninth grade students, who are selected by the faculty to participate and gain hands-on experience with mentors in the workplace.
Since 2012, 35 students have enrolled in this unique program, and attained credits that fulfill part of their graduation requirements as outlined by the Department of Education in New Brunswick. These students were able to gain hands-on experience and learn by doing. Research shows that this is the most meaningful method of learning for students.
Place aux Compétences (PAC) 

Kent Homes, located in Bouctouche, NB, is a proud partner of a community-focused mentorship program called Place aux Compétences (PAC). Now in its eighth year, the program has a high success rate - giving local high school students an opportunity to learn valuable in-class training and on-the-job skills in various construction and carpentry trades, as well as grow self-esteem and confidence.
This year, nine students did an eight week work term and four of them were hired full time. In addition, six summer students were trained and hired through the program this year.
Halifax Shipyard - Pathways Programs 

The establishment of the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) was designed to provide opportunities and support for Nova Scotians to find careers in shipbuilding, with a focus on underrepresented communities. This initiative has led to training and employment opportunities for women, indigenous Canadians, and African Nova Scotians.      
At J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) we are committed to empowering our youth with education, skill-training and employment opportunities. JDI forecasts 7,500 full time hires over the next three years and over 700 of those roles are for skilled trades.

Contributed by: J.D. Irving, Limited

CWB Association Chapters Commit to
Strengthening Local Schools
The demand is high across Canadian secondary school welding shops for improved facilities, equipment, infrastructure, and materials. Recently, support from CWB Association Calgary Chapter and CWB Association Okanagan Chapter has helped fund local schools.  
CWB Association Calgary Chapter partnered with CWB Welding Foundation in the spring of 2019 to work towards strengthening local secondary schools in the Calgary area. The CWBA Calgary Chapter will work with CWB Welding Foundation to identify a new investee school each year over the next three years, starting in 2019. CWBA Calgary has committed to supporting a school each year in the amount of $1,200, which is matched by CWB Welding Foundation for a total contribution to local schools of $7,200 over three years to three schools.   
From left to right: Paul Robanske (Chair, CWB Association Calgary Chapter), Brian Scott (CFT Instructor, St. Augustine School), Aidan T. (student),  Venuja H. (student), Darlin D. (student), Inah M. (student) and Keith Routhier (CWB A Calgary Chapter Member, CTS Fabrication Studies Instructor, Bishop Grandin High School).  
2019 investee school: St. Augustine School, Calgary, AB
This school has been selected according to a needs-based evaluation process, and was identified as the most eligible candidate for the 2019 funding year. They will receive $2,400 towards their welding program, having a positive impact for the students involved in the welding shop, and hopefully entice others to try out the trade as well.  
If you are interested in getting involved and supporting an initiative like this, e-mail   [email protected] .
Contributed by: CWB Welding Foundation

SCNC 2020 Presenting Sponsor
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SCNC 2020 Official Sponsors
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Try-A-Trade® and Technology Partners

Multi-Year Suppliers

Click here for a list of all sponsors and suppliers for SCNC Halifax 2019.  
Click here for a list of all sponsors and suppliers for WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
Views or opinions of contributors presented in this e-newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of Skills/Compétences Canada.