Our History

Skills Canada Manitoba (established in 1998) is a not for profit, charitable organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to reposition skilled trades and technology careers, as a first choice career option for Manitoba youth.The Skills organization guides students toward available opportunities in skilled trades and technology through events and programs like the skills competition. Skills Canada Manitoba and its partners in business, industry, labour, education, and government, are helping to secure Manitoba’s future skilled workforce needs by:

  • providing unique programs to raise awareness of current and emerging skilled trades and technology careers;
  • bringing Canadian youth into a competitive spotlight;
  • developing dynamic partnerships with agencies and organizations involved in promoting skilled trades and technology; and
  • identifying and using best practices


To attract young Manitobans to careers in skilled trades and technology


Skills Canada Manitoba will be a leader and vital partner in meeting Manitoba’s skilled workforce needs

Our Purpose & Goals

Technology, evolving markets and changing demographics are forcing Manitoba employers and educators to re-evaluate how they work together to meet our future labour market needs. Currently, the demand for skilled workers is greater than the supply. We need to take steps today, to avoid a growing shortage of well-trained employees in Manitoba for tomorrow.

To help Manitobans recognize the economic and social benefits of a skilled workforce, we need to show youth, their parents and future employers the profound impact employable skills have on our province’s future.

In concert with private industry and public sector partners, Skills Canada Manitoba is helping to change how Manitobans perceive skilled trades and emerging technology.

Through initiatives such as Provincial and Canadian Skills Competitions, Young Women’s Conferences, Skilled Trades and Technology Showcases, Model Wind Turbine Competition, Cardboard Boat Races, Extreme Sledding Competition and the In-School Program, we strive to show corporate Manitoba and youth how their individual successes will be mutually prosperous for us all.

At the height of our competition season and other program events, we count on the support and expertise of hundreds of volunteers from a variety of sectors; government, education, labour and industry. Working together, the goal of Skills Canada Manitoba is to:

  • Change the image of skilled trades and technology
  • Increase the awareness of Manitoba’s skilled workforce needs
  • Provide effective programs and events that raise awareness of the current and emerging careers in trades and technology
  • Create and promote tangible opportunities for the private sector to interact with and enhance education for students
  • Provide a positive experience for students who participate in skills activities
  • Help improve the expertise and confidence of young individuals pursuing trades and technology careers
  • Foster dynamic partnerships with industry, education and governments devoted to developing workplace ready skills in youth


Diversity Statement:

Skills Canada Manitoba recognizes the need for a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment in order to attract and retain skilled employees to the trades and  technology sectors. We will continue to address these needs by collaborating with students and partners to deliver culturally relevant programs and to facilitate safe and accessible learning spaces for those pursuing a career in trades and technologies.

Land Acknowledgement:

Skills Canada Manitoba offices are located in Treaty 1 and Treaty 5 territories. Our work spans across the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Inuit peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation. We will continue to develop and deliver culturally relevant programs and to promote Indigenous innovation and invention across Manitoba.

Board Members

2023 – 2024 Board of Directors


Jennifer Lowe

Construction Sector

Vice President

Scott Savoy

Education Sector


Silas Meeches

Transportation Sector

Past President

Mike Watson

Public Sector



Waldemar Koos
Transportatio Sector

Len Grieve
Education Sector

Emma Lewis
Youth Member

Caroline Sicat
Transportation Sector

Ron Armstrong
Construction Sector

Evan Colgan
Education Sector

Contact Us


31 – 1313 Border Street
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0X4
Phone: (204) 927-0250
Fax: (204) 927-0258

Skills Canada Manitoba Staff

Maria Pacella – Executive Director


Lori Royal – Program Director


Charm Shamji – In-School Program Director


Shawna Osadchuk – Office Manager


Ainslee DeVos – Administrative Assistant


Harlie Pruder – Northern In-School Program Liaison Officer


Michelle Pruder – Northern In-School Program Liaison Officer


Brette Elias –  In-School Program Liaison Officer



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“Being my own boss had always been a dream of mine. The confidence and belief in myself that Skills Manitoba instilled, helped turn that dream into reality.”

Ingrid Wieler

Skills Manitoba Board Director and co-founder/president of the Skills Manitoba Alumni Association, serving as the Manitoba Lead on the National Alumni Committee.

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