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May 1-3, 2017

Skills Ontario and Magna International P artner On Skill Development Programs

Magna ’s investment will support the expansion of the Skills Ontario Competition and other initiatives

Toronto - Skills Ontario will receive a $100,000 investment from Magna International in support of the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps . T he investment from Magna International will help Skills Ontario accommodate a growing number of students who want to participate in the various skill development programs that the organization offers.

The Skills Ontario Competition, held on May 1 - 3, 2017, will now be hosted at the Toronto Congress Centre – just down the 401 from its longtime home in Waterloo. The competition’s new venue will accommodate more competitors and visitors from across the province. The central location in the GTA will make travel easier for those who travel long distances to the Skills Ontario Competition each year or fly in from Northern Ontario.

The Skills Ontario Competition has seen a 30% growth rate in the number of students registering to compete [from last year’s event] . To date, more than 3,400 students have request ed competition spaces for the May 2017 competition . In addition, t he annual Young Women’s Conferences has sold out again this year within minutes of registration opening . O ver two days more than 1400 young women will attend the conferences aimed at encouraging young women to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies.

“ Skills Ontario and our partners are committed to building Ontario’s skilled trades and tech nologies workforce, ” says Gail Smyth, the Executive Director of Skills Ontario. “The investment we receive from Magna International sends a strong message to our stakeholders and the corporate community that they believe creating a skilled, knowledgeable, and diverse workforce in the skilled trades and technologies is imperative to the economic viability of Ontario.”

“ Partnering with Skills Ontario underscores our commitment to world - class manufacturing and keeping Ontario competitive in the global marke tplace,” said Marc Neeb, Chief Human Resources Officer.



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