Spring 2015 e-newsletter

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Message from the CEO

Skills/Comp?tences Canada (SCC) officially announced the 29 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 at a reception, held in Ottawa, on March 5th. These skilled youth will go on to compete at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in S?o Paulo, Brazil, in August of 2015, for the prestigious title of world champion. On behalf of SCC, its Member Organizations and its National Board of Directors, I wish them good luck and look forward to watching them compete on the international stage.


SCC is also working hard to prepare for its flagship event, the Skills Canada National Competition, which will be held in the beautiful and vibrant city of Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan, from May 27-30, 2015. Over 500 youth from across Canada will compete in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests for the opportunity to be named national champion in their chosen field. This marks the 21st Skills Canada National Competition and we hope to see everyone there!


Shaun Thorson
Chief Executive Officer

Skills/Comp?tences Canada In the News 

Here are some recent news clips featuring Skills/Comp?tences Canada (SCC):

Check out this fantastic segment where Rick Mercer joins students in Waterloo for the annual cardboard boat race challenge, hosted by Skills Ontario.

Click here* to listen to the CKCU interview with Shaun Thorson, SCC's Chief Executive Officer and a few of the WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 competitors, as they discuss the upcoming 43rd WorldSkills Competition.

* The interview segment is from 12:48 - 17:00.


An SCC alumnus is awarded a national scholarship: Tanner Zekonic, a student at Mount Royal Collegiate, in Saskatoon, who has competed in several Skills Canada competitions, was chosen as a Loran scholar. Check out his interview with CBC News Saskatoon.


Kassandra Bilodeau is confident to represent Canada at WorldSkills S?o Paulo 2015: Read this interesting article (in French only) on Kassandra Bilodeau, a member of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015, in Car Painting, who is preparing to compete at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition.  


Apprentice aircraft engineer won gold at nationals, sets sights on WorldSkills Competition: Ryan Leedham, WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 competitor, in Aerospace Technology, speaks with   CBC News Nova Scotia to discuss his journey to the 43rd WorldSkills Competition, in Brazil, which will take place from August 11-16, 2015.

Skills Canada, DeWalt Tools donates tools to school board:
Lakehead Public Schools received a collection of new and used tools from Skills Canada and DeWalt Tools worth about $5,000. To read this article.
Skills Canada News

WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 is Officially Announced!



On March 5th, Skills/Comp?tences Canada (SCC) officially announced the members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 at a reception held at the stunning Shaw Office in Ottawa.


The Honourable Pierre Polievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada and Minister for Democratic Reform, joined HGTV star, Mike Holmes Jr., alongside SCC to congratulate and support the 29 members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 who represent the country's best talent in skilled trades and technology. These young Canadians will represent their country when they compete in Brazil this August at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition, in S?o Paulo. This Competition represents the pinnacle of excellence in skilled trades and technology.


The competitors named to WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 - all under 23 years of age from different regions across the country - rose to the top of the Skills Canada National Competition and completed the final step of qualification for the international team through the WorldSkills Canadian Trials, meeting pre-established Canadian standards in their respective fields. In Brazil, they will compete against more than 1,000 competitors from 72 WorldSkills Member countries/regions, further testing their skills against international competency standards.


Following the reception, the members of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 along with their experts and trainers, remained in Ottawa for a weekend of preparation and team building.


On behalf of SCC, congratulations and good luck in Brazil!


Thank you to all of our WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 partners!


To see the list of WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 members, click here .

To see pictures of the WorldSkills Team Canada Reception, click here.

Successful Competition Preparation Week in Brazil

Over five days, at the beginning of February, more than 400 participants met in S?o Paulo, Brazil to discuss the preparation details for WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015. Among those present were Delegates, Chief Experts, Deputy Chief Experts, Workshop Managers, Organizers, Sponsors, Partners and specialists, from 53 countries and regions. As August 2015 approaches the efforts of all involved are putting in place the many essential pieces to make WorldSkills 2015 a winning event. To read more.

Have a look at the photos and videos from the week.

For more information, visit www.worldskillssaopaulo2015.com

Cannexus Conference Showcases Nine Essential Skills


The Cannexus Conference, held in January, provided an opportunity for the Essential Skills Project to showcase its initiatives and demonstrate how the nine essential skills are crucial to skilled trade and technology occupations. Visitors and delegates were very excited to see the interactive elements come together to create an environment for learning and participating in Try-A-Trade? and Technology activities.  


In addition, Bo Chiasson, WorldSkills Team Canada 2013 alumni in Mobile Robotics, spoke to attendees delivering an inspirational speech at the essential skills session.  Bo and special guests from industry also shared their perspectives on the importance of essential skills to succeed in the workplace.  


Skills/Comp?tences Canada would like to thank all the partners involved in the success of the delivery of the Skills Activity Zone and the Essential Skills session.  


To see pictures of this event.



Stanley DeWALT Tool Grant Program


Skills/Comp?tences Canada (SCC) and Stanley Black & Decker have been in partnership since May 2011. They've shown tremendous support as an Official Supplier for approximately 14 contest areas at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) by providing Stanley hand tools and DeWALT power tools for competitors. Due to their continued financial support, SCC is proud to recognize Stanley DeWALT as an Official Sponsor of the competition.


Following SCNC, the used tools are donated to eligible local schools through the Stanley DeWALT Tool Grant Program.  The Tool Grant Program has proven to be a lasting legacy for the provinces in which SCNC is hosted.


In addition to their support of SCNC, Stanley Black & Decker has become involved as a WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 Gold Level Supplier.

This partnership continues to grow and benefit young Canadian tradespeople leading up to, during, and after the competition. 


Impact Statements

Thank You to all of our Partners!


Skills/Comp?tences Canada (SCC) is very pleased to welcome new and returning sponsors / suppliers for the 2015 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC). This support is vital to the success of the event, and ensures competitors have access to state-of-the-art tools and equipment that meet industry standards. Click here to read more.

A full listing of SCNC sponsors and suppliers can be found on our website. For more information about sponsorship please contact Gail Vent, Director of Business Development, at 1-877-754-5226 ext. 507 or by email at gailv@skillscanada.com.

Upcoming Events

The 2015 Skills Canada National Competition

The 43rd WorldSkills Competition

Essential Skills Educators Forum

To read more.

Take a look at our Educators Forum promo video.


Click here to register! 

Essential Skills Zone

Skills Canada National Competition - Prairieland Park, Saskatoon - May 28th and 29th, 2015

The Essential Skills Zone will be one of the main highlights of the two-day competition. Students and guests will engage in hands-on challenges, presentations, and interactive activities intended to increase their awareness of the essential skills!

In 2015, SCC is giving special emphasis to Numeracy.

The ES Zone will include the following activities:
-Essential Skills Stage
-Essential Skills Passport featuring Try-A-Trade ? and Technology Activities
-Essential Skills Educators Forum
-Essential Skills Mobile App Booth
-Essential Skills Webcast

To read the ES Zone one-pager.
In dustry News and Stories

Consulab Partners with Skills/Comp?tences Canada to Promote Careers in Trades


Consulab's relationship with Skills/Comp?tences Canada (SCC) dates back to 1999 when Montreal hosted the 35th WorldSkills Competition.


One of ConsuLab's fundamental beliefs aligns perfectly with SCC. Every product manufactured has educational value and every product assembled by our skilled tradespeople is done so with a purposeful educational outcome. Both educators and students are the driving force behind every ConsuLab product. This year, as since 1999, ConsuLab volunteers time and products in support SCC, not because we benefit, but because it's the right thing to do. ConsuLab gets involved because we believe in SCC.


Watching students compete at test stations on some of our trainers confirms a core principle of our company. ConsuLab strives to facilitate the work of educators teaching technology and developing and educating the next generation of automotive technicians. Thank you for allowing us to participate and support trades in Canada!


Contributed by: Consulab 

In-House Solutions Proud to Support SCNC 2015

In-House Solutions is proud to be a long-term supplier for the 2015 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) being held May 27-30 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders in manufacturing, engineering and robotics, In-House Solutions has been a supporter of skills competitions across Canada for the past 15 years.


Specializing in CAD/CAM, DNC, PCMM and robotic programming software solutions, the company is committed to providing educational and hands-on opportunities to the leaders of tomorrow. They recently developed an innovative Applied CNC STEM Activities curriculum for educators and offer co-op placements to post-secondary students looking for real-life experience in robotics and manufacturing. Their Mastercam Educational Suite, based on the world's No. 1-ranked CAM system, is a comprehensive package that contains everything students need to learn about machining methods.


In-House Solutions is thrilled to support the efforts of Skills/Comp?tences Canada by volunteering to judge and assist during special events, and by providing Mastercam software and laptops to students participating in CAM and CNC competitions.


The software solutions company is the OEM supplier of Mastercam in Canada and the creator of OCTOPUZ, which combines the offline programming of robots with a manufacturing process simulation.


Contributed by: In-House Solutions

Bringing Skilled Trades to the Forefront


As over 500 students from across Canada gear up to take part in the 2015 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) one word comes to mind: passion.  It is the students' passion for skilled trades and technology, and their determination to seek rewarding careers that make TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline Project proud to sponsor SCNC 2015.


Highly-skilled tradespeople are a critical part of pipeline projects. The Energy East project will support around 14,000 full-time direct and indirect jobs across Canada in all lines of work - from welders to engineers. Through this sponsorship, we encourage and build the next generation of skilled Canadian workers.


Energy East is a 4,600-km oil pipeline project that will connect Western Canadian resources to Eastern refineries and port terminals. To build it, we need a skilled workforce that meets the high quality standards set by Canadian pipeline regulatory bodies and companies such as TransCanada.


Energy East, one of the biggest energy transport infrastructure projects ever planned in North America, will also generate local jobs along the pipeline's route. Through our sponsorship, we are proud to build awareness of these employment opportunities that support communities across our country.


For more information on the 2015 Skills Canada National Competition, visit www.SkillsCanada.com.


We look forward to seeing you at the event!


Contributed by: Energy East Pipeline Project l TransCanada

Harmonization of Red Seal Trades


What is this term that everyone is throwing around on the Red Seal Program? "Harmonization" is all over the media these days regarding Red Seal trades and the department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC - formerly HRSDC) is responsible for getting this done through the Red Seal Secretariat to help provide workers for industry.


Harmonization to ESDC is about having every provincial government office and college/training institution across Canada doing the same thing in every province/territory as far as delivery and administration of their Apprenticeship training programs and how they recognize certifications from other provinces and recognition of skills for people to challenge the Red Seal for any particular trade. In essence this was always the intent of the Red Seal program. What has happened over the past twenty years or so is that provinces and territories have strayed from the national program and developed their own models for certification and delivery of training. Every province/territory is responsible for their training and certification programs and they do it in twelve different ways to end up at the Red Seal standard. What ESDC is trying to do is a sincere attempt to fix the problems with the existing system that inhibits Canadians travelling to other jurisdictions looking for work whether they are Journeypersons or Apprentices. Click here to read more. 


Contributed by: UA

Interesting People in Trade and Technology Sectors

Jamie's Career Journey Into Construction Highlights the Importance of Education


Construction is in Jamie Lesperance's blood. At a young age he began tinkering with various projects.  


"I remember a six-foot-tall dollhouse that my dad built for my sister," said Jamie. "I was intrigued by it and would always pretend that I was making repairs to it."


This fascination sparked what promises to be a lifelong career in the industry. But for someone who is now a construction professional with a lengthy list of credentials, Jamie initially had little interest in pursuing a formal education. 


"I worked for small construction firms throughout high school," Jamie reflected. "I just wanted to be out in the field getting my hands dirty."


Jamie's outlook on education changed when he entered PCL's apprenticeship program. He rapidly completed the hours needed to earn his Journeyperson Red Seal certification, and within ten years at PCL, had ascended the ranks from journeyperson to full-time superintendent.  


"There was always a goal for me to work towards," said Jamie. "I wanted to eventually become a superintendent and to be the person in charge."

Jamie reached his goal, and in the fall of 2014 became a Gold Seal certified superintendent.  


Contributed by: Jamie Lesperance, Superintendent, PCL.

Where are they now?


In this new feature we check in with Team Canada (TC) alumni to see how the skills competitions influenced their career path. If you are a TC  

alumni and would like to share your story, please email amandam@skillscanada.com .


Tyler Kenyon's Profile


Name: Tyler Kenyon 

Trade Area:  Automobile Technology


Which WorldSkills Competition did you participate in?

WorldSkills 2013 Leipzig, in Germany


Where are you currently in your career?

I am now a Red Seal Certified Journeyman Automotive Technician working for my family business.


How has competing in a WorldSkills Competition changed your career/life? 

It definitely improved my working speed and attention to detail, and it gave me valuable contacts in the industry. Overall it made me a much better technician.

SCNC 2015 Partners



Skills/Comp?tences Canada would like to thank all of its SCNC 2015 and WorldSkills Team Canada 2015 sponsors and suppliers!

Views or opinions of contributors presented in this e-newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of Skills/Comp?tences Canada.