Young Women's Initiatives

Career Exploration Events

Young Women’s Conferences

School Registration

Guest Registration

Volunteering as a Mentor

Mentor Build: a Workshop for Mentors


Skills Ontario Career Exploration Events

Skills Ontario is proud to present a series of Career Exploration Events across Ontario for girls in grades 9 through to 12 to learn about careers in the skilled trades and technologies. These events provide participants the opportunity to meet, network, and enjoy a meal with female mentors who have already chosen a career path in the skilled trades and technologies.

Thank you to our Young Women's Initiatives Sponsor:Magna Logo




Upcoming Career Exploration Events

  (Dates and locations will be added as they are confirmed)

March 1, 2017 Toronto FLYER  
March 31, 2017 North Bay FLYER   
 April 25, 2017   Durham FLYER   



Skills Ontario Young Women’s Conferences

Since 1999, Skills Ontario has hosted the award winning “Think Skills…Think Future!” Young Women’s Conferences in conjunction with the Skill Ontario Competition (formerly the Ontario Technological Skills Competition). These conferences offer females in senior elementary and secondary the opportunity to be inspired by female mentors and experience the Career Exploration Showcase at the Skills Ontario Competition, Canada’s largest skilled trades and technologies competition. 

May 1, 2017 Elementary - Toronto Congress Centre  FLYER REGISTRATION FULL
May 2, 2017 Secondary - Toronto Congress Centre FLYER  REGISTRATION FULL


Schools interested in this opportunity may also be interested in the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Student Conference and the Elementary Challenges & Workshops at the Skills Ontario Competition.


School Registration Instructions:

Unless otherwise advertised, all students attending from the same school/organization must be registered together by a main contact (e.g. board contact or teacher).By registering students for this event, non-affiliated schools or organizations agree to cover the costs associated with affiliation.

Note that registration for some events fill quickly, particularly the Skills Ontario Young Women’s Conferences. Your registration request will be responded to by a Skills Ontario staff, who will confirm your participation status (e.g. Registered, Waitlisted). Only groups that have received a confirmation from Skills Ontario staff are considered registered.

To be allowed to participate, each attending student must submit a complete, signed waiver at the event.



Register a Guest

A guest is classified as a dignitary, community partner or other interested party who is not part of a school registration. 

Guest Registration


Becoming a Mentor

Are you a woman who works in the skilled trades and technologies and looking to share that experience? Volunteer as a mentor at one of our events!

Mentor Flyer

Mentor Registration  


Mentor Build

Mentor Build is a one-day mentor development workshop designed to help mentors build on their skills. Held in conjunction with the Guelph Career Exploration Event, it's a fun way to network with other tradeswomen while working towards helping the next generation enter into the field.

To participate, indicate your interest when registering as a mentor for the Guelph Career Exploration Event.