About the President

johnoates_f_improf_131x187John Oates, the recently elected President of Skills/Compétences Canada, has had a long history with the Skills Movement in Canada. He has been the President of Skills Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador since 2004, the same year he joined the national Board of Directors. During his time on the Board of Directors of Skills/Compétences Canada, he has served in the positions of Director, Secretary, and Vice-President.

John has long been a strong proponent of promoting careers in the skilled trades and technologies. He recently retired from College of the North Atlantic, where for almost 40 years he was a very vocal advocate for increasing trade and technology training opportunities in his home province, as well as across the country. In addition to his work with Skills/Compétences Canada, John has extensive experience with Board governance and strategic planning. He currently sits on the Boards of Directors of the Public Service Credit Union, League Data, and Together By Design.

John is eagerly looking forward to his new role, leading Skills/Compétences Canada into the future. He has dedicated the next four years to continuing his advocacy role in highlighting the important roles played by skilled tradespersons and technologists in making Canada a truly great country.