Skilled Trades in the Energy Sector


Canada 2020 hosted Skilled Trades Shortages in the Energy Sector at Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier Hotel, 1 Rideau St, on Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 7:30am – 5:30pm.

Participants were senior executives from industry, government, labour unions, and educational institutions. All were asked to explore practical solutions to the serious skilled trades shortages facing Canada.

Everyone needs to play their part if we are to overcome the estimated deficit in excess of 150,000 skilled workers.

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The goals of the conference are to:

  • Increase general awareness and discussion of the scale and importance of the skilled trades shortage in the energy sector, aiming particularly at the key stakeholders — industry, labour, governments, colleges, and First Nations;
  • Work to reach consensus among these groups on the need for a more co-ordinated and multifaceted policy response focussed on the mid-to-long term;
  • Suggest what a co-ordinated federal-provincial-territorial policy agenda might look like.

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Conference speakers 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
  • John Rhind, Shell Canada
  • 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
  • Senior representatives of federal, provincial and territorial governments
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