Local Skilled Trades Employers Honoured at HAAC Honour Roll Awards

March 26/2011

HALTON, ON Skilled trades employers were honoured, students were recognized and scholarships presented as the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) hosted the 11th annual Halton Apprenticeship Advisory Council's (HAAC) Honour Roll Awards on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Burlington Convention Centre.

The HAAC Honour Roll Awards recognized five outstanding employers who are making a difference in Halton by promoting skilled trades to our community. The winners included three employers in the 50 Employees or Less category:

  • Luma Brothers Automotive & Truck Repairs Inc., Georgetown
  • Patisserie D'Or Ltd., Oakville
  • Red Lemon Hair Salon, Georgetown

And two employers in the 51 or More Employees category:

  • MetriCan Mfg. Co. Inc., Oakville
  • St. Peter Catholic Elementary School, Milton

Over the last 11 years, more than 60 companies have been recognized at the Honour Roll Awards for their dedication to promoting skilled trades excellence in Halton Region. These awards play an important role in Halton, encouraging companies to provide education and training to young people interested in careers in the skilled trades.

As part of this initiative, HIEC's apprenticesearch.com partnered with Burlington Hydro Inc. to present two $500 scholarships to deserving students who are pursuing careers in the skilled trades. The winners were Brent Simon from M.M. Robinson High School and Katie Gumbell from Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School.

The event also paid tribute to student winners from the Halton and Ontario Skills Competitions. Gail Smyth, Executive Director of Skills Canada Ontario, was on hand to discuss the exciting events, which see students compete in a variety of competitions relating to the skilled trades, like carpentry, hairstyling and culinary arts. Representatives from the Halton Catholic and Halton District School Boards acknowledged the 26 medal winners from local schools, many of whom attended the morning event.

One of the highlights of the program saw a special HIEC Outstanding Educator Award presentation to Dave Graves, who is retiring this year from his position as Coordinator of Technological Education at the Halton District School Board. Presented by Michelle Murray, Acting Executive Director of HIEC, and Elaine Holding, SB Partners LLP, the award celebrates outstanding educators who share HIEC's passion for inspiring informed career decisions in Halton.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the program concluded with keynote speaker Tom Rand, a leading Environmental Sustainability Expert & Venture Capitalist, sponsored by SB Partners LLP. He is also the author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World. Tom spoke about the future of the skilled trades in the evolving green industries in Canada and the critical role businesses must play in addressing the threat posed by climate change. Tom concluded by saying that, 'Skilled trades are front and centre as we approach the third industrial revolution.'


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