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TransCanada Returns as Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition for the Third Consecutive Year

TransCanada confirmed its commitment as a returning sponsor of Canada’s only national, multi-trade and technology event for skilled trade and technology students and apprentices in Winnipeg, MB, May 31 – June 3, 2017.

OTTAWA, March 7, 2017 /CNW/ – Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, is proud to announce that TransCanada Corporation has returned for the third year as a Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC).

Through the generous support of its Presenting Sponsors, SCC is able to promote skilled trade and technology career opportunities at SCNC.

From May 31 to June 3, 2017, representatives from industry, government, and labour, along with educators and youth will gather in Winnipeg for SCNC. Over 550 secondary and post-secondary students will compete for medal placement in more than 40 skilled trade and technology contests in six sectors, including: welding, landscape gardening, carpentry, mobile robotics, heavy equipment technician, aerospace technology, graphic design and hairstyling among many more. One important initiative at SCNC is over 50 interactive Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities that will give over 7,500 visiting students informative choices about the variety of career options available to them.

“TransCanada’s contribution is going to greatly assist us in the skills development of young Canadians. The Skills Canada National Competition is an opportunity for partners like TransCanada to raise awareness and highlight the positive impact skilled trades and technology careers make in building strong communities,” says Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills/Compétences Canada.

SCNC attracts young career-seekers, employers, educators, and industry associations, and helps showcase the various opportunities available in the skilled trade and technology sectors. The competition tests young frontrunners against exacting industry standards configured by National Technical Committees that are comprised of industry and educational experts.

“TransCanada is proud to sponsor an event that encourages Canadian youth to pursue a fulfilling and rewarding career in trades and technologies,” says Andrea Jalbert, Vice President of Supply Chain at TransCanada.

“Our company recognizes the importance of developing high-demand and transferable skills in the communities where we do business – both to promote sustainable local economies and to ensure there is a trained workforce available to meet the needs of the energy industry.

About Skills Canada
Skills Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not-for-profit organization with partner Skills Canada organizations in each of the provinces/territories that work with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Its unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada’s future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding careers. Skills Canada offers experiential learning opportunities including skilled trades and technology competitions for hundreds of thousands of young Canadians through regional, provincial/territorial, national and international events, as well as skilled trades awareness programs. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Skills Canada is the Canadian Member organization of WorldSkills.

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About TransCanada

With more than 65 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 90,300 kilometres (56,100 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is the continent’s leading provider of gas storage and related services with 664 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada currently owns or has interests in over 10,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America’s leading liquids pipeline systems that extend over 4,300 kilometres (2,700 miles), connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit TransCanada.com and our blog to learn more, or connect with us on social media and 3BL Media.


SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada
For further information: Skills Canada media contact: Michèle Rogerson, micheler@skillscanada.com, T. 613-266-4771; TransCanada media contact: Shawn Howard or Mark Cooper, T.403-920-7859 or 800-608-7859



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