Skills Canada Virtual National Competition
June 15, 2021 8:30 to 4:30 EDT


Event Agenda

  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Competition Hall

Visit our 45 skill areas and find highlight videos, photos, and more! Also, check out various demonstrations and speak with industry professionals within each skill area.

Exhibit Hall

Engage with industry and education partners from across Canada. Learn about the various career opportunities within the skilled trades and technologies.

Skills Canada Hall

Visit with the Skills Canada organization in your province or territory to see what great programs they have to offer!

Main Stage

This stage will contain tips and demonstrations, various live sessions, and our closing ceremonies. See our main stage agenda for a detailed schedule.

Essential Skills Stage

This stage will contain numerous fun and informative sessions, as well as our Trading Trades challenges! See our Essential Skills agenda for a detailed schedule.

Contests and Leaderboard

Check out how to win awesome prizes!

Media Wall

Make a post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn using #SCVNC2021 to appear on our Media Wall!

Main Stage

  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Welcome Video from Minister

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, Disability and Inclusion, welcomes you to the Skills Canada Virtual National Competition.

TTIPS - TV Personality Sherry Holmes

Tune in for tips from TV Personality, Sherry Holmes!

TTIPS - UA Canada

Plumbing tips for around the house with UA Canada!

TTIPS - Inksmith

Join InkSmith for tips on 3D Printing and PPE!

TTIPS - RV Careers

Tips on becoming an RV technician from RV Careers!

TTIPS - Camping with RV Careers

Camping tips from RV Careers!

TTIPS - Barry Callebaut

Chocolatier tips from Barry Callebaut! (Recorded in French)

TTIPS - L'Oreal

Hairstyling tips with L'Oréal! (Recorded in French)

TTIPS - Volvo

Tips on properly maintaining heavy equipment from Volvo Construction Equipment!

TTIPS - Volkswagen Group Canada

Join Volkswagen Group Canada for tips on vehicle maintenance!

TTIPS - Dermalogica

Healthy skin tips with Dermalogica!

Indigenous Skills Showcase - Traditional Paddle Carving

The paddles from the coast of British Columbia are as diverse as the nations and communities that make up the province. This workshop builds on the use of other tools; such as hand planers and draw knives for creating a paddle from red or yellow cedar.

Indigenous Skills Showcase - Making an Adze

Essential for carving, the adzes came in different shapes and sizes depending on the work being done. The elbow adze is one of the most common on the Northwest Coast; this workshop is an introduction to making a traditional elbow adze from a skidoo spring. The workshop will have the participant operating various power tools, files and torches, as well as caring for and sharpening your adze after they are made.

Indigenous Skills Showcase - Bent And Straight Carving Knives

This demonstration is an introduction to making the traditional bent and straight knives of the Northwest Coast. They are essential tools for carving Northwest Coast Art and in many ways it is difficult to carve these shapes without them. Knife handles, in the past, were made from different kind of materials like bone, ivory, and wood. Like many projects they were carved intricately with motifs or left plain. In this workshop the handles are made from red cedar and lashed with seine twine.
During this demonstration, the student will learn the necessary skills fundamentals of making the traditional knives. Along with, proper use of power tools, files and torches and the importance of caring for and sharpening their tools.

Indigenous Skills Showcase - Graphic Design: Intro to Northwest Coast graphic design; Drawing Ravens

In this video, Kaska/Tlingit and Yukon Wolf Clan artist Dean Heron introduces Northwest Coast graphic design. Dean demonstrates how the combination of traditional Northwest Coast design in art and contemporary technology can be used.
Dean Heron shares insight into the elements that are incorporated within two raven designs. Dean highlights the use and incorporation of ovoids and u-forms within them.

Indigenous Skills Showcase - Beadwork

Rebecca Doxtator of Oneida Nation and owner of OTSÍ:TSI’ Designs teaches us beautiful traditional beadwork with this easy to follow-along tutorial.

Indigenous Skills Showcase - Willow Tree Slingshot

Will Goodon, Minister of House and Property Management for the Manitoba Metis First Nation, demonstrates how to craft and decorate the Slingshot. Mr. Goodon explains how to source the best wood nature has to offer to make the perfect Slingshot while highlighting the significance of the Slingshot for the Metis people with the exquisite Metis hash design that he hand-paints on his Slingshots.

Inuit Traditional Skills - ISARUIT

This wonderful video showcases the importance of preserving traditional Inuit skills. ISARUIT, which means ‘wings’ in Inuktitut, is a collective of Inuit women living in the Ottawa area who get together to learn, teach and preserve traditional Inuit skills such as sewing, skin preparation, cooking and much more. ISARUIT strives to inspire lifelong creativity, and learning as a community by sharing Inuit traditions, knowledge and language through arts. If you would like to get involved or learn more, visit

UA - She is Skilled

“She is Skilled” Presented by UA Canada
Tune in for a short presentation from a few amazing tradeswomen across the country who share their advice, their journeys and what life is like as a woman in the piping industry!

Women in the Trades: Stigma, Underrepresentation, and Inclusion

Mandy Rennehan (a.k.a. Bear), the CEO™ of Freshco (not the grocery store!), is known for her ability to seamlessly navigate between the business and skilled trade and technology worlds, and to respectfully 'tell it like it is'. Mandy is a sought-after speaker, multiple award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, and trade industry ambassador.
Freshco and Mandy have received countless business awards including:
Canada’s Most Admired CEO.
Atlantic Business Magazine's Top CEO for the Atlantic Provinces.
Toronto Region Board of Trade Business Leader of the Year, Top 25 Women of Influence.
The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur “Momentum” Award.
Growth 500 Excellence in Innovation
(WXN’s) Top 100 Most Powerful Women – Hall of Fame, CGLCC LGBT Business of the Year
Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs.

Mandy’s vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is redefining the collar, blue™ to help solve the massive skilled trade shortage in North America. It is a profound economic and social issue that affects everyone. Consumers are paying more and waiting longer for services, companies aren’t able to scale, and important infrastructure projects, like roads, transit and hospitals are being delayed. Mandy is challenging the misconception that white-collar jobs are “better” or “more desirable” than blue-collar ones. Society needs both collars, and if we do not change this, the crippling effects of the skilled labour shortage will only get worse.
Bear is also a lead advisor to the federal Governments national campaign encouraging apprenticeships and promoting the skilled trades as a career.
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.

A Report on the Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades

For more than a decade, the Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades has provided support for individuals to enter and build a fulfilling career in the trades. Through a partnership with five Canadian colleges, the Weston Family Foundation has provided $7 million in funding and demonstrated a 37% increase in average completion rates for participants. As the funding program winds down, the Foundation and these colleges developed a toolkit of successful practices for recruiting, retaining and securing employment for Canadians interested in a career in the trades. Jeremy Braithwaite, Professor of Mechatronics, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering Technician Programs at Loyalist College, will share the lessons learnt from this initiative to encourage other colleges and funders to embark on similar support programs for skilled trades students in Canada.


RBC and Skills Canada Announcement

Tune in for this exciting announcement!

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

TTIPS with TV Personalities, Seb and Kate - Live Q&A

Tune in for live tips from Seb and Kate on POWER TOOLS. Take part in the live Q&A!

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

SCVNC Closing Ceremony

Come join in the celebration from coast to coast to coast. Congratulations to all the Skills Canada Virtual National Competition competitors! Head to the Media Wall at 7:00EDT to find out who won the Trip to Vancouver, Nintendo Switch, GoPro, and School Prize Pack!

Essential Skills Stage

  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Introducing Skills for Success

Learn about the exciting new Skills for Success (formerly Essential Skills) framework and how the new program is tailored to better prepare Canada’s youth for the rapidly developing workforce in skilled trades and technology.

RBC Olympian

Sam Effah, RBC Olympian, talks about the importance of Skills for Success.

Learning about Skills for Success

Mack Rogers, Executive Director of ABC Life Literacy Canada & Shaun Thorson, CEO of Skills Canada discuss the new Skills for Success framework and how it will help students, educators, employees, and employers alike recognize the importance of these skills for Canada’s modern workforce and for skilled trades and technology careers.

Essential Skills Training to Support Success in Apprenticeship

Join members of the Bow Valley College project team and apprenticeship instructors from Saskatchewan Polytechnic as they discuss the Success in Apprenticeship national applied research project. This project aims to provide apprentices with the foundational literacy and essential skills to support technical training successes. Direct your question and comments to our Q&A session from 1:00-2:00 at the Bow Valley College booth in the Exhibit Hall.


Accessibility and Inclusion

Cooking competitor Liam Crane and Trainer Sean Kettley discuss their experience travelling to Finland to compete at the TaitajaPlus competition in 2017 after being invited following Canada’s trip to compete at the Abilympics in Bordeaux in 2016. Hear about why participation in the Abilympics is an amazing opportunity to gain invaluable experience, their motivations behind competing and volunteering and why inclusion and accessibility is important in workplaces and learning environments!

Trading Trades - Baking vs Carpentry

Watch our alumni get out of their comfort zone and learn something new! Why not try it yourself!
Check out this session to discover how to bake scones and use a mitre saw!

Trading Trades - Custom Painting

Watch our alumni get out of their comfort zone and learn something new! Why not try it yourself!
Check out this session to discover how to create custom designs using spray paint!

Trading Trades - Robotic Beetle Bot

Watch our alumni get out of their comfort zone and learn something new! Why not try it yourself!
Check out this session to discover how to build a robotic Beetle Bot!

Trading Trades - Building a Resume

Watch our alumni get out of their comfort zone and learn something new! Why not try it yourself!
Check out this session to discover how to build an effective resume!

Trading Trades - 3D Character Modeling

Watch our alumni get out of their comfort zone and learn something new! Why not try it yourself!
Check out this session to discover how to model a 3D video game character!

Job Search Tips with Brianna Russell

How do you ace an interview for your dream job? find out here!


Digital Skills in a Digital World: Cloud Computing

Learn about Cloud Computing!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Canadian Polytechnic's - Embracing Remote and Online Learning Approaches

Over the past year, Canada’s polytechnics have transformed the delivery of trades and technology training programs to embrace remote and online approaches in combination with hands-on lab work. The hybrid approach has been important to ensuring the talent pipeline for critical frontline roles is unimpeded by training delays that could have derailed learners. How have apprentices and learners destined for Canada’s technology sector fared over the last year? What have instructors learned about teaching hands-on skills in a largely remote environment?

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

#EndSkilledTradesStigma - Live with Sherry Holmes

Take part in this live discussion on #EndSkilledTradeStigma with TV Personality, Sherry Holmes!


Be on the lookout for other upcoming events hosted by Skills/Compétences Canada and our various Member Organizations across Canada. Check out our websites or follow us on social media for the latest information.

Skills Canada National Events
Skills Canada Alberta
Skills Canada British Columbia
Skills Canada Manitoba
Skills Canada New Brunswick/Nouveau-Brunswick
Skills Canada Newfoundland & Labrador
Skills Canada Nova Scotia
Skills Canada Nunavut
Skills Canada Ontario
Skills Canada Prince Edward Island
Compétences Québec
Skills Canada Saskatchewan
Skills Canada Northwest Territories
Skills Canada Yukon


Welcome Messages

UA Canada is proud to support Skills/Compétences Canada, just as we have done for upwards of 9 years. This past year has required some adaptation across the industry, but working together, we will be able to come out of these hard times stronger than before. This year’s competition will showcase adaptability, perseverance, and prove once again, that skilled trades are essential. The competitors involved in this year’s event are dedicated, passionate and committed to keeping our world moving. We wish them all the best of luck!

TC Energy is proud to say we've supported Skills/Compétences Canada for more than 10 years and their mission to promote and celebrate the next generation of tradespeople across Canada. As an international energy infrastructure company, we understand the importance of skilled trades to our economies. We've seen first-hand that skilled trades will continue to play a vital role in moving forward towards energy transition. The skilled tradesmen and women of TC Energy are the backbone of our business. On behalf of all of them, go out there and give it your all! Believe in yourself, believe in your skills, and make magic happen! We wish all of you competing today the best of luck!

We at Thomas Skinner are pleased to be able to support Skills Canada through the generosity of the Gene Haas Foundation. The Skills Competitions are an essential part of providing opportunities for students of the machining trades; and the student competitors do a great job of showcasing the machining trades. Thank you, Skills Canada, for carrying on with the competition despite the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish all of the students, their teachers, and support staff to have a day that they feel they have done their best to compete to be the best at their skill in Canada.

SCC National Partners / Exhibitors

ABC Life Literacy
Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
Bow Valley College
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Bunzl Safety
Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Nursery Landscape Association
Cognisco Technologies
Construction Foundation of BC
CWB Welding Foundation
Electricity Human Resources Canada
Employment and Social Development Canada
Essential Skills
Festo Didactic
Gene Haas Foundation
In House Solutions
John Bean
JTAC National Sprinkler Industry
Let’s Talk Science
Lincoln Electric
PCL Construction
RBC Foundation
Red Seal Program
RV Careers
Sandvik Coromant
Skills Canada Collision Repair Program
Stanley DeWalt
TC Energy
Thomas Skinner & Son
Toromont Cat
UA Canada
Volkswagen Group Canada
Volvo Construction Equipment

Member Organization Partners

Centennial College
College of the North Atlantic
Construction Association of PEI
FWS Group of Companies
Humber College
Joint Economic Development Initiative
New Boots
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
NSCC Nautical Institute
Office to Advance Women Apprentices
Pixel Blue
Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Vector Construction
Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission
Worksafe BC
Yukon University

Skills Canada Collision Repair Program (SCCRP) Partners



No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet, so you can participate wherever that is.
You can use your email address that you have entered during registration to login on the day of the event.
The event will remain open 24/7 for days! Therefore, you can attend whenever it is convenient for you during that period of time.
Yes. Like a physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with your colleagues simply by entering their email.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access.