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

Young Women's Conferences


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Skills Ontario Career Exploration Events


Career Exploration Event registration opened Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9:00am 

Career Exploration Events – Daytime Student                                                                                                  

Hosted in multiple locations across the province throughout the school year, Skills Ontario is proud to present a series of Career Exploration Events for young women to learn about careers in the skilled trades and technologies. These events provide participants the opportunity to integrate experiential workshops and networking with mentors. These events are held for secondary students, and will newly be offered in select locations for senior elementary.

Career Exploration Events – Evening Student & Guardian Event
New this year in select locations, young women and their parent/guardian will have the opportunity to visit a partner college for an evening of workshops, guest speakers, and information booths.       

More dates and locations will be added and confirmed in the next several weeks. If the event that you are looking to register for is not listed below, or is listed as TBA, please contact 

Upcoming Career Exploration Events

CANCELLED Belleville 9 & 10 Flyer --- Loyalist College
February 6, 2020 Guelph 7 & 8 Flyer Mentor Info Linamar
February 20, 2020 Belleville 9-12 Flyer --- Loyalist College
CANCELLED Ottawa 9-12 Flyer Mentor Info Algonquin College
February 26, 2020 Brampton 9-12 Flyer --- Sheridan College 
February 27, 2020 Whitby 9-12 Flyer Mentor Info Durham College 
February 27, 2020 Sudbury 7-12 Flyer --- Cambrian College
March 4, 2020 Niagara 9-12 --- --- Niagara College
April 3, 2020 North Bay 7-12 Flyer --- Canadore College


Collaborating Organizations

Skills Ontario is on the forefront of making change in our province! We are thrilled to be partnering with women in skilled trade and technology organizations and groups to stand together and make an impact. We are united with the same goals and initiatives and will promote exciting opportunities for women through skill development, mentorship, networking, and experiential learning opportunities at our Young Women’s Career Exploration Events and Young Women’s Conference.



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.


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 register as a guest, please email


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!

Career Exploration Event Mentor Registration opened September 25, 2019 at 9:00am
Young Women's Conference Exhibitor Presentation Table Registration opens December 12, 2019 at 9:00am



Skills Ontario Young Women's Conferences

The 2020 Young Women’s Conference registration has been cancelled. Please read the notice here.

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.