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This project has been made possible thanks to the passion and support of the following industry, education, and government partners.


We are leaders in preparing Ontario’s youth for the highly-skilled economy of tomorrow. We partner with school boards, colleges, small business, large companies, labour groups, and governments to provide opportunities for youth to explore and develop skills for successful careers in the skilled trades and technologies. With 28 years of experience, Skills Ontario is a province-wide charitable non-profit with a grassroots connection into the many communities we serve. Our programs represent a long-term investment in the lives of all Ontarians.

Skills Ontario is building Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce.  We enable and empower all youth, including women and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies. Engagement with students, teachers, parents, volunteers, employers and mentors ensure our programs connect education, experience, and employment. We deliver in-school presentations across Ontario, host Canada’s largest skills competition, run summer camps for skills development and connect students to employers. We are focused on growth sectors such as construction and infrastructure, technology innovation, and hospitality services.


The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) is a non-profit organization that connects Canada’s apprenticeship community. Participants work collaboratively to support vibrant and innovative apprenticeship systems and policies with a view to developing a highly-skilled, inclusive and mobile skilled trades workforce. Employers, unions, equity-seeking groups, educational institutions and the jurisdictions support CAF-FCA operations through membership.

As a national voice for the apprenticeship community, CAF-FCA influences pan-Canadian apprenticeship strategies through research, discussion and collaboration. Its research agenda is based on the premise that stakeholders require accurate, unbiased insights into apprenticeship challenges in order to address them. CAF-FCA is a national forum for apprenticeship dialogue, connecting stakeholders to share promising practices, identify barriers and collaborate on solutions. The organization also promotes apprenticeship as a valued post-secondary pathway to youth, parents and employers, leading to rewarding careers in high-demand professions.


The CWB Welding Foundation is a National registered charity that supports the Canadian welding industry by increasing public safety awareness in welding, and addressing the welding skilled trade shortage in Canada. Through education based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, indigenous, women, at-risk youth, disabled, and the disadvantaged. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.


Q.I. is in the business of measuring what really drives behavior and decision making. Our focus is on emotional as well as rational drivers. We quantify intangibles – exploring, measuring and calculating the value of underlying “intangible” drivers, including:

  • Feelings and emotions – e.g. what is the value to your business of a positive “atmosphere”, of your customer’s or staff’s trust, satisfaction, gratitude or goodwill.

  • Perceptions, personality and image – e.g. how important is it to your success to have Integrity, to be creative, intelligent, self confident, empathetic, or gentle.

  • Value systems – e.g. what is really important to your customers, what are their underlying needs, goals and aspirations, are there segments of customers with different value systems.


The Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET) offers training that gives you the technical expertise and the people skills critical to these industries. Field placements and research projects provide an applied learning experience, while our Industry Liaison Office connects you with employers recruiting our graduates.

We work with industry partners to ensure our programs match current standards and practices used in the field today. Our new Green Building Centre provides a space for industry, faculty and students to work together and develop, test and implement sustainable building practices and technologies.


In the innovation-to-market cycle, George Brown College has the industry connections and the expertise to accelerate the discovery wheel. GBC’s Office of Research and Innovation operates as a single point of contact at the hub of the wheel.

Partner with George Brown to work with our talented faculty who are industry experts, and who specialize in ensuring our students are job-trained and market-ready. We have facilities to prototype new products and designs and test these in real-world environments and conditions. Our Research mission is to support and advance industry- and community-problem solving through excellence in applied research, commercialization and scholarship. We focus on speed to market, and enabling our partners to access the talent and funding to meet the needs of the innovation economy. GBC Research and Innovation engages industry, faculty, students, and the community-at-large through participation in educationally and economically meaningful research projects and partnerships.


The Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) is a pilot project to connect the talent, facilities and capabilities of Canada’s colleges and polytechnics with the research needs of local community organizations. Administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), CCSIF provides $15 million to increase college capacity for collaborative projects with community organizations and local businesses.

Established in 1896, the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) is the oldest post-secondary education association in Canada, having recently celebrated its 120th anniversary. Regulated career colleges are an important part of Canada’s post-secondary education system, training over 175,000 students each year, in 1,300 regulated career colleges, employing 35,000 instructors and staff.  Click here to view the 2016 Conference Board of Canada Report on the “Role and Value of Private Career Colleges in Canada.”

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