Conference: Skilled Trades in the Energy Sector

February 28, 2013

Canada 2020 is hosting a one-day, invite-only conference entitled Skilled Trades in the Energy Sector – a chance for senior executives from industry, government, labour unions, and educational institutions to explore practical solutions to the serious skilled trades shortages facing Canada.

As Canada is faced with a growing gap between energy production and the skilled labour required to facilitate further growth, the federal government and its partners are uniquely poised to address this issue.

Gathering perspectives from all stakeholders, the conference will encourage action to overcome the estimated deficit in excess of 150,000 skilled workers.

To view presentations from the day’s event, as well download other conference materials, visit the home page.


Thursday, February 28 2013
7:45 AM – 5:30 PM, Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa

Attendees and participants include:

  • The Hon. Diane Finley, PC, Minister of Human Resources & Skills Development
  • The Hon. Lisa Raitt, PC, Minister of Labour
  • The Hon. Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, Construction Sector Council
  • Shelley Powell, Suncor
  • Bob Bleaney, VP, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Gerard McDonald, Nalcor Energy
  • Alexander J. Pourbaix, TransCanada
  • Jeffrey Cyr, National Association of Friendship Centres
  • Chief Kenneth Chalmers, Birdtail Sioux First Nation
  • Audrey Sam, First Nations Human Resource Labour Council of British Columbia (FNHRLC)
  • Robert Blakely,  Canadian Building Trades
  • Robert Kucheran, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
  • Larry Matychuk, Business Manager , United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (Local 488)
  • Craig Strudwick, Bricklayers and Allied Crafts
  • Lyne Parent-Garvey, Hydro Ottawa;
  • George Burton, Canadore College
  • Glenn Feltham, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Nobina Robinson, President, Polytechnics Canada
  • Joy Senack, Natural Resources Canada
  • Frank Vermaeten, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • Alan Ross, Government of Alberta Representative to Ottawa
  • Michael Johnson, Executive Director, Business Development and Corporate Services, Nova Scotia Department of Energy
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