Skills Canada Manitoba New Board Elections


The Board of Directors of Skills Canada Manitoba is pleased to announce the election of Norman Cetkovski as Vice President for 2015 through 2017. Norman is a Certification Services Representative and International Welding Specialist with the CWB Group. Garth Shaw, Senior Account Manager with Mitchell International assumes the role of President and Treasurer is Vasyl Zhukov, Cabinetmaker. Past President Rob Ataman—Instructor, Program Coordinator, Red River College completes the leadership group for the volunteer board of Skills Canada Manitoba.

This term will be very busy as in addition to the over 25 Skilled Trades awareness programs delivered by Skills Manitoba staff in Winnipeg and Northern Manitoba, over 200 volunteers will be involved in the planning and organizing of the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition which will be held May 31 – June 3, 2017.

The Skills Canada National Competition is the largest national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. The 2017 event will welcome more than 1800 delegates from throughout Canada including more than 550 students from each province and territory. These students will participate in more than 45 trade and technology skill areas including Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Cooking, Welding, Aircraft Maintenance, Hairstyling, Electrical Installations and IT Network. Students will test their skills against exacting standards that have been developed by technical experts from industry and education.

Skills Canada Manitoba has been waiting for the expansion of convention centre facilities to bring this event back to Winnipeg and we are proud to have won the right to host the 2017 SCNC at the RBC Convention Centre where the entire facility will be utilized to test the excellence of over 550 competitors in 45 competition areas, all under the measuring eyes of 1500 volunteer technical delegates and judges. For seven days, downtown Winnipeg will be bursting with activity all based on the best of Canada’s highly skilled workers of the future. Thousands of Manitoba’s school children will have the opportunity to attend the event and experience the various technology and skilled trades that are being tested in the competition.

The Skills Canada National Competition is where skills are sharpened, talent is tested, friendships are formed, career choices are solidified, equipment is test-driven, curiosity is fuelled, innovation is encouraged, and industry experts are wowed.
For further information, please contact;

Maria Pacella
Executive Director
Skills Manitoba
204 770-4287


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