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New Discoveries The beginning of the school year always brings so much excitement to our lives – new classrooms, new friends, new mentors, and new discoveries. As we head into the 2015-2016 school year, the Skills Ontario team hopes to spark a new passion for the skilled trades and technologies in youth across Ontario. Through our in-school presentations, aboriginal and young women’s initiatives and our always spectacular skills competitions – from the cardboard boat races to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition – we hope to excite the curiosity of our students and encourage them to pursue the skilled trades and technologies as first-choice careers on the path to happy and successful futures.

This is a big mission to take on by ourselves; we thank the many schools, teachers, volunteers, sponsors, board members, politicians, and staff that work hard every year to make these programs and initiatives successful. It is through their dedication and support that we are changing the lives of thousands of youth in Ontario, making our province a place where individuals can develop new skills and reap the many rewards of an exciting and fulfilling career. If you’re an old friend of Skills Ontario, I invite you to browse the following pages and see the way we’re evolving to best serve our students – our in-school presentations now reach over 125,000 students per year and we’ve launched the Skills Work!® Skilled Trades Workbook to reach a new and younger audience of K-4 students. If you’re new to Skills Ontario, the following pages will highlight the programs, initiatives and resources we can provide you as an educator, parent or student to begin an exciting journey into the skilled trades and technologies.

Whether you are a new friend or an old one, we’re excited to have you join us this year. We have the friendliest team of staff, so if you’re looking to learn more about us, I invite you to visit our website and contact our staff. We look forward to hearing from you. Warmest Regards,

Gail Smyth, Executive Director Skills Ontario

This is a publication of Skills Ontario. Editor – Anne Ramsay, Communications Officer for Skills Ontario. Contact email: Layout and design by Cameron Mackay, icontact design.

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Table of Contents Skills Ontario Where To Find Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . School Affiliation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . In-School Presentations . . . . . . . . . . . . . Far North “Trades and Tech Day” . . . . .

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Our Resources Skills Work!® Booklet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Skills Work!® Skills Play The Apprenticeship Game . . . . . . . . Women in Trades: Myths and Realities . . Skills Work!® Skilled Trades Workbook . .

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Competitions Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) . . . . . . . . . . . . Qualifying Competitions . . . . . . . . . . . Elementary Technology Challenges . . Career Exploration Showcase . . . . . . .

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Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) . . . . . . . . . . . WorldSkills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cardboard Boat Races and Video Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pin and Medal Design Contest . . . . . .

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Young Women’s Initiatives Skills Work!® for Women Career Exploration Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . “Think Skills…Think Future” Young Women’s Conferences . . . . Mentor Build . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outreach Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Skills Work!® Summer Camps Exploring Careers One Hands-on Activity at a Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Aboriginal Initiatives Aboriginal Initiatives Programs . . . . . . 17

Awards Klaus Woerner Skilled Trades Hall of Fame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Skills Work!® School Board Award of Distinction . . . . . . . . . . . . The College Award of Distinction . . . . Award of Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Dick Hopkins Award . . . . . . . . . . . Skills Ontario Bursary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monetary Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Scholarships Skills Ontario Board of Directors and Staff Scholarships . . . . . . . . . . . 21 St. Clair College Scholarship . . . . . . . . 21

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Skills Ontario: Where to find us Thunder Bay Office c/o Confederation College P.O. Box 398, 1450 Nakina Drive Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4W1 Phone: 807-475-6462 or 807-475-6677 Aboriginal Initiatives: 807-475-6440

The Skills Ontario Team works to encourage Ontario’s youth to explore their career options, their educational pathways, and ultimately, find their passion. Find us at any of the following locations, or email us at Kitchener - Head Office 100 Campbell Avenue - Unit 11 Kitchener, Ontario N2H 4X8 Phone: 519-749-9899 / 1-888-228-5446 Fax: 519-749-6322 Email: Website: Greater Toronto Area Office c/o Carpenters’ Local Union 27 Training Centre 222 Rowntree Dairy Road, Suite 2 Woodbridge, ON L4L 9T2 Phone: 905-652-8805 Fax: 905-652-8806 London Office c/o Fanshawe College, Room A1047 1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard P.O. Box 7005 London, ON N5Y 5R6 Phone: 519-452-4430 ext. 4852

Ottawa Office c/o La Cité collégiale 8700 boul. Jeanne D’Arc Nord Orleans, ON K4A 0S9 Phone: 613-742-2493 ext. 2520 Sault Ste. Marie Office c/o Sault College 443 Northern Avenue Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 4J3 Phone: 705-759-2554 ext. 2540 Sudbury Office c/o Collège Boréal 21 Lasalle Boulevard Sudbury, ON P3A 6B1 Phone: 705-560-6673 ext. 4165

Toronto Office – Central c/o George Brown College 146 Kendal Avenue, Room D305 Toronto, ON M5R 1M3 Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 4318 Toronto Office - North c/o Humber Centre for Trades & Technology 110 Carrier Drive Toronto, ON M9W 5R1 Phone: 416-675-6622 ext. 78088 Fax: 416-675-8522 Whitby Office c/o Durham College, Whitby Campus 1610 Champlain Avenue Whitby, ON L1N 9B2 Phone: 905-721-2000 ext. 4225 Windsor Office c/o St. Clair College Main South Campus 2000 Talbot Road West Windsor, ON N9A 6S4 Phone: 519-972-2727 ext. 4620

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School Affiliation Affiliating with Skills Ontario gives students access to some of the best programming, educator resources and student engagement opportunities available in Ontario to promote the skilled trades and technologies. Our programs and competitions enable you to reach your students and incorporate curriculum into exciting, hands-on and innovative activities. Join us as we celebrate 27 years of proudly promoting careers in the skilled trades and technologies to hundreds of thousands of youth across Ontario! Here’s what you’ll enjoy:

Elementary Schools Access to, and participation in: • In-School Presentations and Aboriginalfocused Workshops • Career Awareness Workshops at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC)

Secondary Schools Access to, and participation in: • In-School Presentations and Aboriginalfocused Workshops • The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) • The Secondary Young Women’s Conference at the OTSC • The Career Exploration Showcase at the OTSC

Access to, and participation in: • Aboriginal-focused Career Awareness workshops focused towards Aboriginal youth and under-employed adults • The Ontario Technological Skills Competition • Young Women’s Conferences

• Cardboard Boat Races and Video Challenges

• Career Exploration Events for Young Women

• Skills Work!® Booklets

• The Career Exploration Showcase

• Career Exploration Events for Young Women

• Cardboard Boat Races and Video Challenges

Aboriginal Cultural/Community Gathering Places (e.g. Band Offices, Community Centres)

Colleges • Participation in the Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Access to, and participation in:

• The Elementary Young Women’s Conference at the OTSC

• Aboriginal-focused Career Awareness workshops focused towards Aboriginal youth and under-employed adults

• Elementary Challenges at the OTSC

• Aboriginal-focused Mentoring Events

• The Career Exploration Showcase at the OTSC

• The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC)

• Cardboard Boat Races and Video Challenges

• Career Exploration Events for Young Women

• Skills Work!® Booklets

• Young Women’s Conferences at the OTSC

• Skills Work!® Skilled Trades Workbook

Friendship Centres offering Alternative Education (High School Level)

Please note that some additional fees may apply for certain programs. For affiliation forms or more information, go to or email

• Career Exploration Showcase at the OTSC • Skills Work!® Booklets

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In-School Presentations Opportunities in the Skilled Trades and Technologies – Elementary and Secondary Editions

The Far North “Trades and Tech Day”

With eleven satellite offices all over Ontario, our Liaison Officers travel the province to encourage students to make informed decisions about their future. Since 1998, we have been delivering our presentation, entitled “Skills Work!® What’s Out There in the Skilled Trades and Technologies?”, to educate students on the hundreds of career opportunities available in the construction, motive power, service, industrial and technology sectors. This interactive, 45-60 minute multimedia presentation is updated annually and is available in both English and French, as well as a workshop format geared towards Aboriginal audiences.

The Far North “Trades and Tech Day” is an interactive, career exploration event for elementary students in Northern Ontario. Participation in events such as the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) can be more difficult for students in Northern Ontario. These events provide students both with the information of our in-school presentation program and the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops. This combination allows students to actively explore the knowledge and skills involved in skilled trade and technology occupations.

During the presentation, students and teachers have the opportunity to: • Discover the benefits of careers in the skilled trades and technologies • Take a visual tour of the skilled trades and technologies that interest them: with topics such as median salary, description of the role, what qualities, education and training a worker should have; students are encouraged to look for a career that fits their desired lifestyle, personality and interests

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• Learn about the steps to apprenticeship, as well as other pathways to a career in the skilled trades • Find out how to acquire skills and experience • Understand the importance of employability skills in the workplace and how these skills can easily make or break a job opportunity • Access further resources and determine how to get started on a path that is right for them The largest outreach program in our lineup, this program reaches over 125,000 elementary and secondary students per year in schools, Friendship Centres and Band Offices. In the last decade, we have reached over 1 million youth in Ontario through this program. Supported by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and many community colleges, organizations and community partners, Skills Ontario’s presentation program is the perfect complement for all career exploration or development courses. There is no additional cost to access this program for affiliated schools and organizations. To request your booking, fill out the presentation request form at

Over the past two years, events have been organized in Geraldton, Marathon, and Sault Ste. Marie (Aboriginal-focused), through partnerships with local school boards and community organizations. Out of several hundred participants, 90% have reported being more interested in considering a skilled trade or technology career after attending these events. Educator and workshop leaders have expressed the success of, and need for, this programming in their communities: “ This must absolutely continue! It was amazing to see the enthusiasm, excitement and skills!” “ Great hands-on activities with amazing workshop leaders who did a great job at keeping our students safe and focused!” “ I enjoyed seeing the glow in the students’ eyes when they handled a tool for the first time.” For more information about events in your region, please email


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Our Resources Skills Work!® Booklets The Skills Work!® Booklet is a go-to resource for students, educators and parents who want to learn more about careers in the skilled trades and technologies. This comprehensive guide book offers practical advice and useful information on pursuing a career in the skilled trades and technologies. More than 60 occupations are outlined with full descriptions, educational and experience requirements, average pay, job responsibilities and profiles of young people on the job. First-time affiliated schools receive a one-time complimentary class set and additional booklets can be ordered. For pricing information, please contact

Skills Work!® Skills Play – The Apprenticeship Game

Skills Work!® Skilled Trades Workbook

Want to learn more about the paths to learning a skilled trade? Skills Work!® Skills Play – The Apprenticeship Game helps you do just that. For ages 12 and over, players roll the die and race up the pipe to be the first to reach the Red Seal. But there’s a catch: if you reach the Red Seal label before properly answering enough skills-related trivia to collect six tool cards, you’re headed back to the “clog” in the pipe to try again. This dynamic board game provides youth and adults with an informative, energetic and interactive medium to learn what it means to seek out careers in the skilled trades. Play online at skillsworkskillsplay.

The Skills Work!® Skilled Trades Workbook has been a project we’ve dreamed of creating for many years. In partnership with the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE), we are thrilled to see it finally in the hands of youth across Ontario.

Women in Trades: Myths and Realities

Thank you to the Ontario College of Trades for supporting the publication of this booklet.

This electronic booklet contains information for women considering careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Exploring six common myths, this publication is also beneficial to help educators, industry and government to understand what they can do to support women as they travel along their career paths.

This colouring and activity book is a new and unique avenue to reach young learners who may be too young to participate in our other programs and competitions. We hope this workbook starts young learners on a path of exploration for their future, inspiring them to try new things and learn new skills – and have some fun along the way! For more information on how to order the Skills Work!® Skilled Trades Workbook, please email

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Linamar Announces Conestoga College Scholarship June 25, 2015 It is with pleasure that Linamar announces today a new partnership with Conestoga College. Linamar is providing $500,000 to Conestoga College over the next five years to support a new scholarship program for students pursuing education in preparation for careers in industrial skilled trades and specifically their General Machinist program. The Linamar Corporation Industrial Skilled Trades Scholarships will every year provide six students entering Conestoga’s Mechanical Technician – General Machinist two-year diploma program with more than $6,000 each to offset the costs associated with their 2 year study program. Recipients will be offered co-op term employment with Linamar during their program as well as full-time employment upon successful completion. We expect the funding to support these scholarships for the next 15 to 20 years. We hope to take the graduates from this program, who we will be handpicking, and develop them even further in their education. Graduates will have the chance to take part in a new program we are in the progress of developing at Linamar to train our top technical talent in advanced manufacturing techniques as well as business fundamentals to prepare them for senior technical positions. This new program, the Linamar Advanced Manufacturing Program or LAMP will shine a light on our most talented technical people to really accelerate their learning and their careers. Linamar is so pleased to be partnering with Conestoga on this important initiative.


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Competitions The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) May 2 - 4, 2016 The Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) is the largest skilled trades competition in Canada: more than 2,000 student competitors from all over Ontario travel to Waterloo for the chance to demonstrate that they are the best in their field. From 2D Character Animation, to Horticulture and Landscape, to Welding, students compete in one of 67 unique contest areas. Over two competition days, RIM Park is transformed inside and out to become the competition grounds for the skilled trades and technologies – complete with computer labs, fullkitchens, workshops for carpentry, welding, automotive service and so much more! Over 30,000 spectators come out to witness the future of the skilled trades and technologies in action! Indeed, the OTSC offers a unique opportunity for top students to demonstrate their skills and enthusiasm for their career choices, turning the heads of educators, family, friends and prospective employers. It’s also a great opportunity for undecided students to explore the contest areas and see what’s out there in the skilled trades and

technologies; watching the excitement of the contests, the passion of the competitors is sure to spark inspiration in their peers. The OTSC Closing Ceremonies will take place on May 4, 2016 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

The OTSC also offers students many additional resources and insights into post-secondary options: • Career Exploration Showcase – Through hands-on activities, colleges, unions and industry partners show students what’s available to them.

Each of the components of the OTSC is designed to make sure that students know what’s available to them in a wide variety of fields, and to motivate this future workforce by giving them the information needed to start their careers. As a not-for-profit organization, Skills Ontario relies on the generous support of an army of volunteers. Hundreds of people from industry, education and the community invest countless hours setting up and tearing down the 370,000 sq. feet of competition and exhibitor space. Our dedicated volunteers judge the competitions, secure suppliers, chair the contests and counsel the competitors who have advanced to “Team Ontario” at the Skills Canada National Competition. Local and provincial partners in industry, government, labour and education donate their time and resources, including over $8M worth of tools, equipment and supplies to the two-day competition. If you would like to be involved, please email us at We look forward to seeing you as the OTSC celebrates its 14th year at RIM Park in Waterloo – join us May 2 - 4, 2016!

• Elementary Career Awareness Workshops – On the first day of the competition, elementary students get to try their hand at a skilled trade by participating in hands-on workshops. • Young Women’s Conferences – Through a variety of activities, speakers and mentorships, our Young Women’s Conferences encourage and inspire young women to enter into the skilled trades and technologies.

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Qualifying Competitions

Career Exploration Showcase

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At the OTSC May 2 - 4, 2016

Qualifying Competitions were introduced in 2005 to assist both Skills Ontario and school boards across the province in narrowing down their rosters of eligible competitors for the OTSC.

A highlight of the OTSC, the Career Exploration Showcase provides a unique and exciting opportunity for students and visitors from across Ontario to explore the world of post-secondary skilled trades and technology education and educational resources. Through hands-on activities, each one of the exhibits is designed to help students gain an understanding of the skilled trades and technologies. Students leave with a broader outlook on the opportunities that are available to them in these career fields.

In order to compete at the OTSC in any of the following high-demand contests, secondary-level students are first required to earn their eligibility in their area of expertise by taking part in a qualifying competition: • 2D Computer Character Animation (Team of 2) • Carpentry-Individual • Culinary Arts • Small Powered Equipment • TV Video Production (Team of 2) • Welding The top three students/teams in each contest from each qualifying competition location are eligible to advance to the OTSC. The qualifying competitions are currently held at eight partnering Ontario colleges: • Canadore College / Cambrian College • Confederation College • Fanshawe College • Georgian College • Humber College • Niagara College • St. Lawrence College Qualifying Technical Committees, including representatives from each participating college and the OTSC Technical Committee Chair, work together to create the guidelines, projects and judging criteria for these competitions. To maintain consistency, the same contest projects and judging criteria are used at all eight locations. For more information, contact


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Elementary Technology Challenges May 2, 2016 Each year, eager elementary students from all over Ontario head to the OTSC in Waterloo to participate in our technology challenges. Open to students in grades 4 through 8, students take part in challenges in their areas of interest – such as animation, health and safety, construction and robotics. They are judged in their design, problemsolving, time management, teamwork and leadership skills. The challenges coincide with the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, and students are invited to tour the competition and visit the Career Exploration Showcase. For more information, contact

Over 65 exhibitors participate each year in the Career Exploration Showcase, and are required to facilitate interactive skilled trades or technology based activities for students and the visiting public. There is no registration or cost to attend, and no limit on the number of students able to attend. Contact us at for more information on how to get involved and visit this free public event!

Cardboard Boat Races and Video Challenge The whistle blows and they’re off: cardboard boats of varying descriptions and sizes gliding to the other side of the pool, their builders madly paddling them for all they’re worth. For those with good designs and a bit of luck, the cardboard vessels not only make it across the length of the pool, they also hold the weight of team members as they pile in, one by one.

Skills Canada National Competition

WorldSkills 2017 Qualifying Year

June 5 - 8, 2016 in Moncton

A select number of National Competition winners are chosen to represent Team Canada in the WorldSkills Competition. Held every two years, this competition matches the best and the brightest young adults from Canada against the best and brightest in 53 other countries. The 20152016 school year is a qualifying year.

Each year Ontario’s most talented students compete at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) for the opportunity to represent our province at the Skills Canada National Competition. Gold-medal-winning competitors earn the right to showcase their abilities on a national stage and make Ontario proud. In May 2015, 71 Team Ontario competitors participated at the 21st Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon. Team Ontario had an outstanding performance, taking home 44 medals. Skills Ontario shares Team Ontario’s trip to Nationals in real time on Twitter and Facebook. With hundreds of followers, we are pleased to provide daily updates, as well as pictures and up-to-the-minute medal announcements to proud family and friends at home. For updates on this year’s Team Ontario trip, follow us on Twitter @skillsontario and join our Skills Ontario Facebook page.

In 2015, Team Ontario had six competitors in Sao Paolo, Brazil: Kaitlyn Hoiles, Beauty Therapy; Ryan Green, Heavy Vehicle Maintenance; Tyler Magri, CNC Milling; Winston Lord, Electronics; Maxime Marineau and Zachary Larose, Mobile Robotics (Team of 2). We are proud of the representatives from Team Ontario, who can now say they are among the best in the world and wish a special congratulations to Ryan Green who won a Bronze medal in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance, and Maxime Marineau and Zachary Larose, who also won a Bronze medal in Mobile Robotics. The contest is open to youth aged 17 to 22, and is a great opportunity to show future employers that they’re dedicated, passionate and above all, skilled.

For over 20 years, Skills Ontario has been hosting Cardboard Boat Races across Ontario, testing students’ ability to build a floating structure that will outperform all others in speed and weight challenges. Both elementary and secondary schools participate on separate days. Teams of four are provided all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students must bring their problemsolving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure out of two sheets of 4’ by 8’ corrugated cardboard and some duct tape. Meanwhile, teams of two record their boat-building peers’ progress from the construction stage to the races in the pool, as they work to capture the best video of the action. The student videographers then edit and produce a promotional video at their schools. Once submitted, each production is judged, the winners are selected and teams are provided with a scoring breakdown. Note: This program is a benefit of affiliation. For more information on affiliation and this program, and to locate a copy of the guidelines and schedule, visit our website or email Check out highlights from last year’s Cardboard Boat Races on the Rick Mercer Report on our Skills Ontario YouTube channel.

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Young Women’s Initiatives With the low representation of women in the skilled trades and technologies combined with the impending shortage of skilled workers in Ontario, it is essential to actively promote these valuable career options to young women. Many skilled trades’ jobs are full-time and offer stability and benefits; it is essential that young women are aware of these rewarding opportunities. Some women need extra encouragement, information, and mentoring to consider a pathway in the skilled trades and technologies. Skills Ontario has been providing this type of support for the past 14 years through our Young Women’s Initiatives. Skills Ontario has found the best method to encourage young women to consider a future in the trades is to introduce them to mentors who have already chosen this rewarding path. Students comment that mentors “provide valuable information on how the skilled trades are an excellent choice for a life-long career.” Skills Ontario recruits trades and technology professionals to act as mentors and offers an annual professional development workshop, known as the Mentor Build, to equip them to be effective speakers. The following programs make up Young Women’s Initiatives at Skills Ontario. For more information about our Young Women’s Initiatives, check out our website at or email

Skills Work!® For Women Career Exploration Events

Think Skills…Think Future! Young Women’s Conference

Hosted in locations across the province throughout the school year, these events provide young women with the opportunity to meet with tradeswomen who are eager to share their stories and experiences. These inspiring events range in size from 30-180 participants and include hands-on workshops, teambuilding activities, and question and answer sessions with tradeswomen. Not only do students leave feeling hope for their future, they also build upon their networking skills, employability skills, and have the benefit of connecting with mentors who have already chosen these careers. Based on student evaluations from last year, 90% of students who submitted evaluations said that they were able to gain valuable information from a mentor that will help them with their career choice. Skills Ontario is confident that all young women would benefit from attending these future-shaping events.

May 2 - 3, 2016 at Bingemans, Kitchener

Events are held in many cities across Ontario, including but not

limited to: Barrie, Dryden, Guelph, Kitchener, London, North Bay, Ottawa, Port Elgin, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Toronto, Whitby, and Windsor.

This annual conference is our cornerstone young women’s event, which is hosted in conjunction with the Ontario Technological Skills Competition.

More than 1,500 female students gather together in a welcoming environment where they explore career opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies. The day typically begins with an interactive career exploration showcase. Each tradeshow booth offers an interactive activity hosted by tradeswomen who are available to answer questions and share their story through pictures and demonstrations. Highlights from the conference also include hearing from keynote speakers, participating in hands-on activities, and visiting RIM Park to witness the Ontario Technological Skills Competition and Career Exploration Showcase. This event is suitable for all young women in grades 7 through to 12 who are exploring career options for their future!

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Mentor Build A Professional Development Workshop for Tradeswomen November 23, 2015 Each year, more than 250 tradeswomen representing a variety of skilled careers in the motive power, construction, industrial, service, and technology sectors volunteer their time to act as mentors to female students attending our young women’s programs. The Mentor Build is our opportunity to give back to these mentors and train them on engaging a student audience and using their story to create positive influence in young lives.


The Mentor Build is both a career-coaching workshop for these dedicated volunteers, and a great networking opportunity. Hosted in partnership with the Linamar Corporation at the Frank Hasenfratz Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing in Guelph, this professional development session invites tradeswomen to bring their passion for their work and real-life experiences to the table, to the benefit of all the young women in Skills Ontario related programs. Following the workshop, participating tradeswomen act as mentors to the high school girls attending the Guelph Skills Work!® For Women Career Exploration Event.

Outreach Opportunities Skills Ontario also facilitates workshops, presentations or other activities at events aimed to promote trades to young women organized by other groups, such as colleges and school boards. If you have an event coming up targeting young women to consider a future in trades and technologies, contact us to see how Skills Ontario can help! Skills Ontario has also developed a useful resource in partnership with Women in Nuclear and OYAP called the “Women in Trades – Myths and Realities” publication. An online version is available at

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Skills Work!ÂŽ Summer Camps Exploring Careers in Skilled Trades and Technologies One Hands-on Activity at a Time The Skills Work!ÂŽ Camp is a weeklong day program for kids entering grades seven and eight. Campers explore skilled trades through industryled workshops in the industrial, construction, motive power, service and technology sectors. Through a variety of hands-on activities, interactive games and industry tours, participants also develop important

life and workplace skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork. The camps are facilitated in communities across Ontario, with some locations offering specialized programming (for example, Indigenous focused, all-girls and allboys and Francophone camps).

Past locations have included Thunder Bay, Sarnia, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Toronto, Sudbury, Belleville, Ottawa, Tiverton, Peterborough, Midland, Stoney Creek, London, Kingston, Sault Ste. Marie, Manitoulin Island, Timmins, Marathon, Windsor and Whitby. This initiative is facilitated in partnership with colleges, industries and community volunteers who are committed to giving the campers an outstanding hands-on experience. For more information and online registration, please visit the Skills Ontario website at or email

Aboriginal Initiatives Aboriginal Initiative Programs Skills Ontario tailors a number of our programs to people of Aboriginal descent. Skills Ontario Aboriginal Initiative Programs provide the same information as our mainstream programs, but we tailor our Aboriginal Initiative Programs so that they are culturally relevant to Aboriginal students. Workshops regarding career opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies are available to audiences of people of Aboriginal descent in their communities, cultural gathering places, and in schools.

Skills Ontario’s Aboriginal Workshop brings the topic of skilled trades and technologies to the forefront and encourages young Aboriginal people to consider and test out their hands-on abilities.

Summer Camps also include cultural workshops throughout the week. In 2015, we held an Aboriginal-focused summer camp on Manitoulin Island.

Mentoring Events are held in several communities each school year. Aboriginal Initiatives Mentoring Events are an opportunity for Aboriginal audiences to explore careers in the skilled trades and technologies. The focus of the event is to allow attendees to meet Aboriginal skilled tradespeople face-to-face, to hear their stories and ask them questions about their experience.

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Awards Klaus Woerner Skilled Trades Hall of Fame

The Skills Work!® School Board Award of Distinction

Skills Ontario is pleased to honour the late Klaus Woerner, founder and CEO of ATS Automation Tooling Systems. This Skilled Trades Hall of Fame Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of skilled trades and technologies. Since 2007, this award has been presented in memory of Klaus Woerner, a trailblazer for the skilled trades.

The Skills Work!® School Board Award of Distinction is presented to the School Board that shows dedication to the promotion of skilled trades and technology careers.

Congratulations to our 2015 recipients: Mr. Mike McClements, Executive Dean at Conestoga College, and Dr. John Strasser, President of St. Clair College.

To determine which school board receives this award, we look to their students: at the OTSC, each secondary-school competitor in the top ten ranking, who scores over 60%, earns points for their school board. The award is presented to the school board with the highest score. Receiving this award is a sign of a school board’s continued commitment to supporting students interested in pursuing a wide range of careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Handson learning is necessary within Ontario to ensure we have a healthy and stable workforce for the future, and school boards receiving this award are leading the way to ensure this will happen. Congratulations to the 2015 School Board Award of Distinction Recipient: Peel District School Board

College Award of Distinction Colleges across Ontario play a fundamental role in preparing tomorrow’s workforce with the hands-on education required to pursue careers in the skilled trades and technologies. With the College Award of Distinction, Skills Ontario acknowledges a college that has demonstrated commitment to this initiative, made significant investments to the skilled trades and technologies and strived for excellence in the classroom, shop and competition site. To determine which college will receive the yearly award, we take the results from student performances at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition and look to the college’s volunteerism and involvement in Skills Ontario events such as the Career Exploration Showcase, Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Work!® Summer Camps. Congratulations to the 2015 College Award of Distinction Recipient: Humber College

Nominate someone today! Do you know of someone who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of skilled trades and technologies? Perhaps an outstanding journeyperson, a leader in technical education at the college or apprenticeship level, a Skills Ontario alumni who has excelled in their field, or an individual or corporation who has led in providing apprenticeship opportunities. Nominations are considered between September 14, 2015 and March 15, 2016. Per candidate, only two nominations are needed, and the winner will be announced at the Competition Breakfast at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.

Award of Excellence Colleges Ontario and the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) would like to congratulate competitors on their achievements at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition each and every year. Over the course of the competition day, a number of competitors achieve their personal bests. To celebrate their dedication, their passion and their perseverance, the Award of Excellence is granted to the highest individual score at each annual competition, in both the secondary and post-secondary levels. In recognition of this outstanding achievement, the competitor’s school board is presented with a gold medal at the Closing Ceremony of the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. The competitor’s school is also honoured with complementary affiliation with Skills Ontario for the year. Congratulations to our 2015 secondary winner, Kassandra Bot of Halton Catholic District School Board. Congratulations to our 2015 post-secondary winner, Tyler Bukenburger of Mohawk College. 2015-16 Program Guide


The Dick Hopkins Award

Monetary Awards

In a technology-driven world, it is important to ensure that the next generation is well prepared for the future. This requires dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated technology teachers; it requires teachers who care, who can inspire students and give them the tools they need to thrive in an ever-changing industry.

These monetary awards are granted to young people who have demonstrated their passion for and commitment to the skilled trades ad technologies by ranking in the top of their contest area at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition.

Dick Hopkins was such a teacher. Dick Hopkins was a technology educator at Napanee and Sydenham High Schools and Queen’s University Faculty of Education. He exemplified the energy and enthusiasm of a great technology educator who inspired a generation of teachers and students. Dick was a champion of skills competitions, encouraging his students to challenge themselves by showcasing their talents to the community and to the world. He vigorously promoted the skilled trades as career choices for his students. Dick passed away suddenly in October 2002. In honour of our friend and colleague, the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) and Skills Ontario have initiated an annual award of excellence for an outstanding technology educator in Dick’s name. This award is presented annually in recognition of Dick’s active participation and promotion of skills competitions and events. Congratulations to the all 2015 nominees for inspiring their students to pursue their passions and for setting such high standards. The 2015 recipient is Glenn Ellis, educator from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. To nominate a worthy contributor for this award, visit us at or email

Helping them get there! Skills Ontario Bursary For over 10 years, the Skills Ontario Bursary has provided financial assistance to competitors advancing from the Ontario Technological Skills Competition to the Skills Canada National Competition. The bursary assists with travel costs for each Team Ontario competitor. For more information, or to find out how you or your organization can contribute to the Skills Ontario Bursary, please contact


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These awards financially assist competitors in pursuing their careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Our thanks to the 2015 OTSC Monetary Awards Contributors.



American Technical Publisher

Top Ranking Student, Technology Sector

Anglo Franco Communications

Top Ranking Francophone Competitor

ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Gold - Automation and Control Gold - Industrial Mechanic Millwright Gold - Steamfitting/Pipefitting Gold - Workplace Safety

Colleges Ontario

Top Ranking Student Representing a College

Dr. Ron Downey

Job Skill Demonstration Medalists

Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario & the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (ECAO/IBEW)

Gold - Electrical Installations

Gary Cronkwright

Gold - Team Carpentry (Team of 2)

Gene Haas Foundation CNC Machining Medalists Precision Machining Medalists, Secondary and Post-Secondary Holmes Foundation

Top Ranking Female Competitor in Construction Top Ranking Male Competitor in Individual Carpentry

King Cole Ducks

Gold - Culinary Arts Secondary Gold - Culinary Arts Post-Secondary

Miller Electric

Gold - Welding Medalists, Post-Secondary

Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

Top Ranking Student, Technology Sector

Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE)

Top Ranking Student

Ontario College of Trades

Top Ranking Apprentice Representing the MTCU

Ontario Horticultural Horticulture and Landscape (Team of 2) Medalists, Trades Foundation Secondary and Post-Secondary Landscape Design Medalists Tegs Tools and Machinery

Top Ranking Cabinetmaking Student from Halton Top Ranking Cabinetmaking Student from Hamilton Top Ranking Student from Mohawk College

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) - Andy Verhoeve Memorial Award

Gold - Auto Collision Repair

Toronto Congress Centre Gold - Restaurant Service Medalists, Secondary and Post-Secondary Gold - Floristry Medalists Technical Standards & Safety Heating Systems Medalists, Authority (TSSA) Secondary and Post-Secondary Plumbing Medalists, Secondary Refrigeration Medalists, Secondary and Post-Secondary Welding Medalists, Secondary Women in Nuclear

Top Ranking Female Competitor

Skills Ontario Scholarships Skills Ontario Board of Directors and Staff Scholarships Each year, the Board of Directors and staff of Skills Ontario are pleased to award this scholarship to a student(s) pursuing post-secondary education in technology through a community college program in Ontario. We encourage educators from across the province to share information on this scholarship with their students. For full details on eligibility and online nomination forms visit

St. Clair College Scholarship At the 2015 OTSC, competitors received a financial boost from St. Clair College: the college presents $1,000 scholarships to grade 11 and 12 students who competed in the 2015 OTSC, whether they placed or not. The scholarships are applicable at St. Clair College. For more information, please contact Ann Hetherington, Director of Marketing at St. Clair College, by phone at 519-972-2775 or by email at

Application forms and support material are due in August of each year.

Pin and Medal Design Contest Take your creativity to the next level and show us your designs for the 2016 Ontario Technological Skills Competition medals and pins! These contests are open to all students who attend a high school or college affiliated with Skills Ontario. Contest design specifications are posted in the Skills Ontario website in September. Entries are due by Friday, November 13, 2015. Congratulations to the 2015 medal design winner, Nina Keast of St. Clair College, and the 2015 pin design winner, Jessica Nelson also of St. Clair College.

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