Skills Ontario: Skilled Trades Conference for Guidance Educators


Part of the 2024 Skills Ontario Competition. Where The Future Performs!


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Tuesday, May 7th, 2024

9:00am - 2:30pm

Toronto Congress Centre

$250.00 per person



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Event Information

The Skills Ontario: Skilled Trades Conference for Guidance Educators is held as part of the Skills Ontario Competition and is an opportunity to learn about skilled trade careers and the pathways that lead to that career journey.

The goal of the conference is to help participants feel empowered to share this information with students that may be considering a skilled trade career!

The conference will feature expert panels, a keynote speaker, and the opportunity to network with educators from across the province.

Conference attendees will be granted exclusive access to visit the Trades and Tech Truck and to explore exhibitor’s booths.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided and prizes to be won.



Keynote Speakers


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Jamie became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the struggles and challenges of working a male dominated workforce and is on mission to break down the negative misconceptions and stereotypes. 

Through KickAss Careers Jamie travels approximately 30 weeks a year providing engaging keynote presentations and workshops to more than 50,000 students, parents, educators and employers each year across North America. Her efforts have gained international notoriety for opening doors and minds to the possibilities of well-paid careers in skilled trades and technology sectors. 

Over the years Jamie has received the Top 20 Under 40 Award for making an impact in the metal trades, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Champion Award and District School Board of Niagara Technology Education Partnership Award for her commitment to youth in schools across the province of Ontario. 
In 2018 she received the Hamilton YWCA Women of Distinction Award for being a trailblazer excelling in her field promoting leadership and equal advancement opportunities. In 2019 Jamie was named a co-chair on a National Skilled Trades Advisory Committee to create a campaign to promote careers in skilled trades as first choice pathways to youth for the Canadian Federal Government by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 
Jamie continues to speak professionally across North America, works on various construction projects whenever possible and enjoys helping out at a homeless shelter for women.  

In her free time she loves to hang out with family, friends, travel, climb mountains and hike with her tuxedo cat, 'Spud Wrench.' 


Mandy Rennehan

Blue-Collar CEO™ & Founder of

Host, Contractor & Designer for HGTV’s, Trading Up with Mandy Rennehan


Mandy Rennehan (a.k.a. Bear) is called the Blue-Collar CEO™ for her ability to seamlessly navigate between the white- and blue-collar worlds, and to respectfully 'tell it like it is'.

Not only is she the Host, Designer and Contractor for HGTV’s new show, Trading Up, Mandy is a sought-after speaker, multiple award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, trade-industry ambassador and CEO/founder of (not the grocery store!)

Mandy defies labels. The description she often gets is “refreshing.” Her (respectfully) uncensored honesty is matched by her quick wit, East Coast humour, and big heart. It is impossible to remain unchanged after coming into contact with this authentic, self-taught and self-made powerhouse.

Her vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is redefining the collar, blue™ and changing the answer to ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ in order to help solve the massive skilled trade shortage world wide.

Mandy is challenging the misconception that white-collar jobs are “better” or “more desirable” than blue-collar ones; society needs both collars!

Rennehan is also a lead advisor to the federal Governments national campaign encouraging apprenticeships and promoting the skilled trades as a career and has a book called The Blue Collar CEO, My Gutsy Journey from Rookie Contractor to Multi-Millionaire Construction Boss with Harper Collins Publishing is out now!


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made before April 10th. Any cancellation after that date or no show will be subject to full fee. Substitutions are always permitted.



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