Skills Ontario Career Exploration Event

Event Date:April 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Activity Overview

Explore careers in the skilled trades and technologies with Skills Ontario! Join one of our events to participate in workshops, tours, demonstrations, and mentor panels! As part of our Young Women's Initiatives, these virtual events focus on women in these careers.

Previously, Skills Ontario hosted events in multiple locations across the province throughout the school year. Our Career Exploration Events are for young women to learn about careers in the skilled trades and technologies. These events provide participants the opportunity to integrate experiential workshops and networking with mentors. These events are held for secondary and senior elementary (grades 7-8) students.

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Skills Ontario will be offering our Young Women's regional programming in a similar timeline as we have in previous years. However, this year we will be hosting our programming in a virtual format!

We will continue to have the amazing mentors and workshops that Skills Ontario is known for. Going virtual allows us to reach a larger audience and to offer more spaces for young women to learn about the skilled trades and technologies! We know this year will be a learning curve and we strive to keep everything as simple and consistent as possible as we all navigate working through COVID-19.

Activity Details

Agenda: 2 hrs

Date: April 1st, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Agenda Items

  • 9:30 am - Welcome and Introductions

  • 9:45 am - Panel Discussion
  • Panel Discussion

    During the Panel Discussion ALL participants are welcome to ask the panel members a question. Below are a few examples of questions that could be asked: questions pdf image
    Download Sample Questions

  • 10:15 - OYAP Dragster Activity

  • OYAP Dragster Activity

    The OYAP Dragster Activity is an opportunity for participating students to put their technical skills to the test to construct a self-propelled vehicle.

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    Download OYAP Car Layout Download Dragster Part List canadore college logo

    This workshop is facilitated by Cori Sawyer, a Canadore College Motive Power instructor and certified Automotive Service Technician with firsthand experience as a member of a stock car pit crew!

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  • 11:15 - Closing Remarks

  • POST Activity - Movable Bridge Activity

  • Workshop Speaker Biographies

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    Cori Sawyer

    Workshop Facilitator, Professor at Canadore College

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    Cori is a car enthusiast and Part-Time instructor who studied in the Motive Power Technician, Automotive Apprenticeship as well as Machinist Technician programs at Canadore College.

    She completed her Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship and shortly after became licenced in her trade. She then ventured to explore the Machining/Mining industry for a short period before returning to Canadore College as a part-time Professor in the Motive Power Department where she enjoys sharing her knowledge with her students.

    In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, ice fishing, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles and working in the garage.

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    Lana Norton

    Executive Director and Founder, Women of Powerline Technicians


    Lana Norton is the Executive Director and Founder at Women of Powerline Technicians, a not-for-profit whose mission it is to have women as equal participants in trade and technical roles in the electricity sector. With a decade of field experience in Canada's electricity sector she has held progressive roles in Distribution Operations. Employed with a local distribution company in our Nation's Capital, Lana oversees expansive distribution construction projects to ensure projects are financially accurate, organized, scheduled and ready for execution by field crews

    She currently serves as Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for Electrical Engineering and Powerline Technician programs at Algonquin College. Lana holds a Powerline Technician diploma and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Business Administration.

    About Women of Powerline Technicians

    Women of Powerline Technicians (Women of PLT) is the voice from the field committed to increasing women in trade and technical roles in Canada's electricity sector and beyond. Their mission is to have women as equal participants in trade and technical roles in the electricity sector.

    Women of PLT programming includes Mentoring, 24/7 Peer Group, Career Postings, Networking Events, Bursary, Illuminate Blog, and more. Visit us at:

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    Skills Ontario enables and empowers all youth, including women and Indigenous youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies.

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    Learn about the Skilled Trades and technologies with #SkillsOntarioYWI through interactive workshops and real conversations with mentors!

    Visit Skills Ontario Website