What is Future of the Trades – Trades of the Future?

July 28, 2017

Future of the Trades logo

The “Future of the Trades – Trades of the Future” purpose is to help generate discussion across industry, post-secondary institutions, and government about the future of skilled trades, especially given the impact of acceleration of technology on business models, staffing trends and worker expectations.

If the trades training and apprenticeship system is to remain relevant to the needs of industry and employers, it must be prepared to keep up with the times by adapting to new technologies, evolving business practices, and fluctuating economic activity. This is the goal of “Future of the Trades – Trades of the Future”.

There is an ongoing need to review training against industry trends in technology and identify possible gaps that can be bridged through effective partnerships. “Future of the Trades – Trades of the Future” aims to play an active role to help promote and support future growth and development of the trades by supporting collaboration and discussion regarding the current and upcoming changes within the trades.

On May 29, 2017, the first Future of the Trades – Trades of the Future Summit took place. This event attracted over 150 delegates from post-secondary and training institutions, K-12 institutions, government, and private industry and enabled stimulating discussions about how the trades will meet the evolving demands of industry into the next century.

With these key stakeholders, the event recognized experiences and identified ideas regarding the impact and acceleration of technology on the skilled trades related to innovation, competitiveness, business models, staffing trends and worker expectations.

The information and feedback gathered during the event’s roundtable discussions and live polling was extremely valuable. The contributions, combined with Ken Coates’ Future of Trades Report and keynote presentations from Lyon Wong and Ted Graham, provided an engaging and informative experience for everyone in attendance.

See the Future of the Trades report, roundtable discussion highlights and high-level polling results.

This event would not have been a success without the participation of these key stakeholders in ensuring that we are not just keeping up with technological and social change, but getting ahead of it. Together, we will continue to identify opportunities that will enhance innovation in the trades and help support Manitoba’s economic and social growth.

Please stay tuned for details on the next event being planned and sign up for blog updates and future event invitations. We look forward to seeing you all again and continuing the discussion on the future of the trades and trades of the Future!

Skills Canada Competition 2017 / Staff Appreciation BBQ

June 26, 2017

Skills Canada National Competition (June 1-2, 2017)

The 2017 Skills Canada National Competition continued its ongoing objective of highlighting the importance of the nine Essential Skills commonly used in skilled trade and technology careers.

Essential Skills was one of the highlights of the two-day competition. Students and guests engaged in hands-on challenges, presentations, and interactive activities intended to increase awareness of the Essential Skills. In 2017, SCC gave special emphasis to Working with Others.

video credit: Skills Canada (Gloo Studios/Range Road Media)

RRC: from Preparations to Event Proper


RRC Skills Appreciation BBQ (June 15, 2017)

After the very successful culmination of the 2017 Skills Canada Competition that was held in the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg last  June 1-2, 2017, Staff, Managers, and Executives alike came together to celebrate.

After all the hard work, dedication, and commitment of everyone who was part and parcel of the preparations for the big event, a BBQ celebration was hosted by the leadership at the RRC Greenhouse last June 15, 2017.

See photos from the event →

Future of the Trades / Trades of the Future Summit

May 1, 2017

Future of the Trades logo

Join us for the inaugural ‘Future of the Trades – Trades of the Future’ Summit on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Red River College.


Date: Monday, May 29, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Voyageur Dining Room – Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Ave. Winnipeg, MB

Time Event
7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:30 am Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker Introductions
8:30 am – 9:30 am Keynote Speaker – Lyon Wong
9:30 am – 9:50 am Networking Break
9:50 am – 12:00 pm Round Table Discussions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Afternoon Remarks and Keynote Speaker Introduction
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Keynote Speaker – Ted Graham
2:15 pm – 2:35 pm Networking Break
2:35 pm – 4:00 pm Round Table Discussions
4:00 pm Closing Remarks

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Skills Canada

June 11, 2013

Hi All,

Colin McDougall, a recent graduate of the Manufacturing Technician program, has won** GOLD**  in CNC Machining at the Skills Canada national competition in Vancouver.

Competitors were required to complete a project on both the Machining Center and Turning center over the two days of competition.

Colin was the only competitor to use GibbsCAM to produce his programs.

Colin came out on top against competition from all over Canada. He also represented himself, RRC and Manitoba admirably.

I have attached some pictures of Colin in the competition.

There will be a video of the medal presentation to follow.

Warren Palmer

Open House

February 27, 2013

IMG_0664Hello everyone welcome to the Skilled Trades blog. We are going to start with the open house the 21st and 22nd of February 2013, we tried something new this year with a different display including a nice size monitor to show case some of the work we do.

We show cased a video from modern machine shop about a company from B.C called straightline. An exciting company that works on some pretty serious mountain biking parts. While the video ran we had a mountain bike in front with some custom parts that where made by students in the program. Also on display was an e-bike made by the mechanical engineering technician (MET) students.

Both days went well with a lot of questions being asked and answered at the booth being run by staff and some students that volunteered on their reading week. The e-bike was a huge pull especially after energy106 twittered about the bike and the booth.

The machine shop was also open making keychains for visitors as well as yo-yo’s for them to make, which have been very successful in the past and proved to be again.

Hopefully this event sparked some interest and we see some students from it in the new school year.