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

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Our Purpose & Goals

Our Purpose and 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 markets 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 Manitoban’s 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

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Skills Champion Awards

This award is presented annually by Skills Manitoba to individuals and/or organization’s who have excelled in promoting skilled trades and technologies to youth, created opportunities for youth and industry to connect with one another and worked to advance the mission of our organization… to attract young Manitobans to careers in skilled trades and technology.

2014 Recipients

  • Brian Gebhardt – Brick Masonry Instructor, Red River College
  • Ron Gilfillan – Photography Instructor,  Tec Voc High School
  • Larry Drebniski – Former Skills Manitoba Board Member, Founder of Skills Manitoba Model Wind Turbine Competition

2013 Recipients

  • Avery Ascher, Research Officer, University College of the North
  • Socrates Papadopoulos, Head of Parking, Red River College
  • Myron Becker, Welding Instructor, Winnipeg Technical College
  • Dan Zvanovec, Millwright Instructor, Winnipeg Technical College
  • Aaron Koodoo, Chair – Construction Trades, Red River College

2012 Recipients

From Red River College:

  • Stefan Engelhard
  • Neil Cooke
  • Tom Grant
  • Len Grieve
  • Alex Hay
  • Wayne Lange
  • Trevor Gascoigne
  • Scott MacPherson
  • Mervin Bilinsky
  • Ziggy Hammerling
  • Ernie Monkman
  • Brad Dusik
  • Mark Klimchuk
  • Leland Whitford
  • Dale Scettler
  • Ross Paddock
  • Len Wiens
  • Gil Remple
  • Rahim Hosein
  • Ken Friesen
  • Woody Eddie
  • Bill Noakes
  • Warren Palmer
  • Mike Watson
  • Todd Birtwhistle
  • Mike Myrowich
  • Dan Banfield
  • Lori Thiessen

2011 Recipients

  • Wayne Bobychuk, Instructor, Red River College
  • Lawrence Danylchuk, Teacher, Maples Collegiate

2010 Recipients

  • Marie Delorme, Room Allocations Clerk, Red River College
  • Stephanie Fraser, Administrative Assistant, Red River College

2009 Recipients

  • Sid Bloomfield, Instructor, Red River College
  • Don Carruthers
  • Gary Klepatz, Instructor, Red River College

2008 Recipients

  • Rae-Lynn Rempel, Marketing/Recruitment Representative, Winnipeg Technical College
  • 17th Wing Fitness and Recreation Centre, Canadian Forces

2007 Recipients

  • Damon Roth, Chairperson, School of Business, Assiniboine Community College
  • Winnipeg Technical College

2006 Recipients

  • Birchwood Automotive Group
  • Nicole Bouchard, Instructor, Tec Voc High School
  • Victor Butts, Instructor, Red River College
  • Chris Laing, Engineering Department, University of Manitoba

2005 Recipients

  • Maryanne Castagna, Program Consultant, Human Resource Skill Development Canada
  • Roseann Gauthier, Office Administrator, Winnipeg Construction Association
  • Theresa Mason, Safety Officer, Red River College
  • Tec Voc High School
  • Red River College

2004 Recipients

  • Kim Jasper, Director of Marketing & Communications, United Way of Winnipeg
  • Melanie Rennie
  • Terry Trupp, Boeing Canada

2003 Recipients

  • Red River College
  • Vocational Teachers Association of Manitoba (VTAM)
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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

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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

Jennifer Daniels – North End Trades Discovery Program Co-ordinator

Ainslee DeVos – Administrative Assistant





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