Skills Ontario International Women’s Day Conference 2021

 Calling all students in grades 11-12 and post-secondary school, apprentices, businesswomen, tradeswomen,
and advocates for women in the skilled trades and technologies! 

 March 8, 2021
10:30am (EST)
A recording will be available the same day at 7:00pm (EST)



Morning Conference



Evening Conference


Skills Ontario will be hosting an engaging virtual conference in celebration of International Women’s Day 2021! This event is dedicated to empowering those who identify as women through relatable and engaging conversations. This year, International Women’s Day has an official theme: Choose to Challenge, because a challenged world is an alert world. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias, discrimination, and stereotypes and collectively create a more gender-equal world.

Join us at this thought-provoking event to hear how tradeswomen are shattering stigmas and stereotypes surrounding sexism, working in a male dominated industry, being an inspiring female entrepreneur, maintaining work-life balance, and more. The Skills Ontario International Women’s Day Conference 2021 provides viewers with the opportunity to listen to and engage with women working in skilled trades and technologies. Women who are exploring and entering these careers will be able to hear firsthand from women in the industry on their experiences and advice.

The Skills Ontario International Women’s Day Conference 2021 will be an enlightening event that can be enjoyed by young women exploring the trades, those beginning to find their pathways within their skilled trades through pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeships, tradeswomen, professionals, and all who advocate for the development of women in trades.

There will also be encouraging messages from highly respected and influential leaders and tradespeople, including remarks from the Honourable Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children’s and Women’s Issues.




Discussion on the Role of Childcare
and Economic Recovery in Skilled Trades

 The Honorable Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues 
 Parents Fireside Chat Panel  

Courtney Chard, Pipe Welder at U.A. Local 46
Jill Timushka, Level 1 Welding Instructor | Founder & CEO Trailblazers Inc.
Janine Lee, Protection and Control Technologist at Hydro One
Brittany Kavelman, Conestoga College Electro Mechanical & Automation Maintenance apprentice 
Kristy Corbiere, Electrical Engineering Technologist - Process Automation and Instrumentation Technician 


Tips for Women Entering the Skilled 
                     Trades and Technologies                                           


Ashleigh Kaliszuk, Women in Construction Advocate | Red Seal Crane Operator | IUOE Local 955 


Real Talk “HR” Style Panel


Jill Timushka, Level 1 Welding Inspector | Founder & CEO Trailblazers Inc. 

Entrepreneurship Segment 

Hilary Noack, Owner of Ink & Iron all female autobody shop 

Feature on Financial Grants & Incentives

Safia Javed, Skills Ontario Outreach & Engagement Coordinator


During this event, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from inspiring tradeswomen through a parent fireside chat
  • Learn some key tips for women entering the skilled trades and technologies
  • Become more informed about grants, supports and incentives available to you
  • Engage with us on social media using our event hashtag #SkillsIWD2021 (there will be prizes!) and the official International Women’s Day theme hashtag for 2021 #ChooseToChallenge

You will receive an email two days prior to the event with the event link. Please ensure you check the email you used to register for the event (in your inbox, junk folder, and deleted mail). 

For privacy, viewers cameras and mics will be turned off by the moderator. Conference speakers will not be able to see or hear the viewers; only viewers will be able to hear the speakers. Questions can be asked in the chat and will be moderated for appropriate content by the host. Viewers can only see their own questions until the host responds.

See you then!