Young Women's Initiatives

  Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives is a collection of engaging and hands-on events and programs that provide skill development and mentorship opportunities to young women in grades 7 to 12. Skills Ontario hosts Career Exploration Events across Ontario from October to April, and Canada’s largest young women’s conference at the Skills Ontario Competition each year! Scroll down to start exploring!

Career Exploration Events

School Registration

Guest Registration

Volunteering as a Mentor

Mentor Build: Workshop for Mentors

Young Women's Conferences


Thank you to our Young Women's Initiatives Sponsors:

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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.

Upcoming Career Exploration Events

October 24, 2018 Timmins Flyer Northern College 
October 25, 2018 Welland Flyer Niagara College
November 1, 2018 Thunder Bay Flyer  Local 1669 Carpenters Union
November 15, 2018 Fort Frances Flyer Rendevous Hotel 
 November 20, 2018 Port Elgin Flyer Unifor
November 22, 2018 Guelph Flyer Linamar
February 20, 2019 Belleville Flyer Loyalist College
February 21, 2019 Ottawa Flyer Algonquin College
February 21, 2019 Whitby Flyer Durham College
February 26, 2019 Brampton Flyer Sheridan College 
February 28, 2019 Sudbury Flyer Cambrian College 
April 5, 2019 North Bay Flyer Canadore College
April 16, 2019 Sault Ste. Marie Flyer Sault College



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 request for spaces will be responded to by a Skills Ontario staff member, 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, all participants must submit a complete, signed Informed Consent Form at the event.

Request Spaces 


Register a Guest

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

To be allowed to participate, all participants must submit a complete, signed Informed Consent Form at the event.

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.


Skills Ontario Young Women's Conferences

Since 1999, Skills Ontario has hosted the award winning Young Women’s Conferences in conjunction with the Skills Ontario 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. 

Schools interested in Young Women’s Conferences may also be interested in the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Student Conference and the Elementary Challenges & Workshops at the Skills Ontario Competition.