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

Board Members

2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

Norman Cetkovski
CWB Group

Vice President
Jeff Kasprick
Instructor, Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School

Mike Watson
Red River College

Past President
Garth Shaw
Account Manager, Mitchell International


Christina Thiessen
Piping Industry Technical College

Melissa Phaneuf-Ahi
Education and Training

Dan Zvanovec
General Member

Veronica Eckhold
General Member

Nathan Koslowsky

Marcela Sanchez Morales
Youth Member

Marcel Bernier
Manitoba Public Insurance

Ingrid Wieler
World Financial Group

Frank Gallo
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Bryce Armour
Standard Aero

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 Officer


Shawna Osadchuk – Office Manager


Michelle Pruder – Northern In-School Program Officer


Katrina Derbecker – North End Trades Discovery Program Co-ordinator


Torin Proulx – In-School Program Officer


Ainslee DeVos – Administrative Assistant


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Great jobs...Great future!

“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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