Young Women's Conferences

You’re invited…

Since 1999, Skills Ontario is proud to host the award-winning Young Women’s Conferences. These conferences, held in conjunction with Skills Ontario Competition, are dedicated to showing female students that skilled trades and technologies careers offer many great opportunities. In a friendly, casual environment, students are able to explore career options and practice their networking skills as they meet women who work in skilled trades and technologies industries. These mentors discuss the rewards of their chosen career paths and provide advice, guidance and inspiration. The agenda also includes hands-on activities, and a self-guided tour of the Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre. Please consider joining us! 


In light of the developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19), after careful consideration, Skills Ontario has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Skills Ontario Competition (May 4-6), and all corresponding events. Find more information here.


Toronto Congress Centre, North Building
650 Dixon Road


There is a cap of 20 students per school, with a maximum of two teachers per registration request. Spaces are limited and filled on a first come first serve basis.



Note: A Teacher or Board Contact must complete the school registration.  If you are a student who is interested in participating, please speak to your teacher. By registering students for this event, non-affiliated schools or communities agree to cover the costs associated with affiliation.

1. Please print the following flyers and promote the event at your school.

Elementary  Secondary 

2. Identify girls at your school who are interested in attending.

3. Click the registration button above to access the School Space Request Form. (Remember: registration is first come, first served and it is advisable to register as soon as possible to secure your student spaces).

There is a registration fee of $20 per student/educator. There will be no onsite registrations and unregistered students will not be permitted to attend.

  • To complete the on-line registration simply fill in the required fields that appear on the form.  These fields will correspond with the information you have collected on the sign-up sheet. Please note, we do not require the names of the students registering. Only the amount of students registering is required.

After the online registration you will receive an email confirming your number of requested spaces. In early March you will receive another email confirming the number of spaces that have been accepted or waitlisted for your school. Official conformation packages will be sent to accepted schools with detailed event information.

4. Collect and bring all signed Informed Consent Forms to 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 


Book a Presentation Table

A Presentation Table is an interactive table that provides an opportunity to expose young women to various trades and/or technologies through hands-on exploration. Each table is run by mentors who explain their individual trade/technology, or the trades/technologies that their organization offers or promotes, while providing an opportunity for young women to network and try various components/aspects of that career.

Sample presentation table ideas:

  • Hammering a nail into a piece of wood and/or trying a variety of hand-tools
  • Hairstyling demonstrations
  • Virtual Reality or simulators
  • Trying on equipment or protective suits

*All interactive activities must to be approved by Skills Ontario and the Toronto Congress Centre prior to the event.

Mentors staffing a presentation table are women who work, train, teach, promote, advocate, etc in a skilled trade or technology field. They are generally either a volunteer(s) that is not representing their employer, but rather themselves/their trade, or mentors representing their employer.

If you are a volunteer representing yourself/your trade and are interested in hosting a presentation table, please contact to register.




For more information about the event this year, please contact

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