Skills Ontario: Provincial Entrepreneurship Showcase


  MAY 7TH, 2024



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Please check back on May 7th for a link to join the livestream!


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About this Event

For the first time, Skills Ontario is hosting the Skills Ontario: Provincial Entrepreneurship Showcase as part of the Skills Ontario Competition. This showcase will allow budding student entrepreneurs to share ideas, deliver an elevator pitch, and meet mentor entrepreneurs.

This event will feature a networking opportunity for students, keynote speakers, and business owners from a variety of different fields.

Students will be able to showcase their ideas, business plans, and deliver a short elevator pitch to a live audience.

Students are invited to join us in-person at the Toronto Congress Centre or virtually through the Skills Ontario website.


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






 Skills Ontario is pleased to announce Mandy Rennehan - the Blue-Collar CEO

as this year’s Keynote Speaker


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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!



Please email for any inquiries related to this event.