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You are invited to  our upcoming event, "Fostering the Next Generation of Skilled Trades" This online session will take place on Thursday, March 18th between 9 am and 11 am and is open to all interested employers in the County of Simcoe and District of Muskoka.  
















Our Keynote Speaker will be Hélène Savoie-Louis, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Mentor Apprentice Program (NB-MAP).  Hélène will be dispensing valuable insights on coaching skills for journeypersons who have been given the responsibility for training the next generation of skilled tradespeople. While many of our experienced tradespeople have honed their skills for (in some cases) decades, do they have the teaching and coaching skills to mentor and encourage the apprentices under their supervision?  It will be a lively and informative presentation with time for your questions.  


Hélène Savoie-Louis is the Executive Director of MAPS Strategic Workforce Services Inc, an industry-led non-profit organization dedicated to advocating inclusive and diverse learning & working cultures in New Brunswick’s workplaces through effective mentorship training & programs, change management strategies and human resources best practices. MAPSWS now leads four programs: NB-MAP, New Boots, FIT and STEP. 

In her role at MB-MAP, Hélène is responsible for delivering a mentoring curriculum which is focused on the development of improved teaching and learning skills in the workplace for trades. Hélène is also responsible for a new initiative called New Boots – Progressing Women in Trades, which is a three-year pilot project focused on improving completion rates among female apprentices in the construction trades in New Brunswick. Hélène holds a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling from the Université de Moncton, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and is currently enrolled in an MBA from the same institution. 


Discussion Groups 


The balance of our event will consist of facilitated breakout sessions in which you can choose to participate in any or all, of the following discussions: 

  • What are the issues related to local/regional hiring needs?  

  • The importance of soft skills in hiring and retention of skilled trades employees   

  • Poaching: can it be prevented? If so, how?  


There will be time at the end of the breakout sessions for the facilitators to share the findings of each breakout with all of the participants.  

Registration for this event is required. Please click the Zoom link below to register. There are a limited number of places available, and we will be creating a waiting list if registration exceeds capacity. 


Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the event! 

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