National Apprenticeship Conference hits Montreal in June

by | May 28, 2018 | 0 comments

The National Apprenticeship Conference is fast approaching and will highlight initiatives, programs and strategies that contribute to Canada’s apprenticeship system.

Organized by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA), the conference is scheduled for the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montréal, Que., from June 10–12.

The 2018 conference will highlight initiatives, programs and strategies that contribute to Canada’s apprenticeship system. Innovative on-the-ground approaches that reflect how traditional models and methods are evolving will be showcased. More than 500 delegates are expected to participate over three days.

CAF-FCA has invited members of the apprenticeship community to share their ideas, research and innovative approaches that stand to contribute to our ongoing conversation about apprenticeship as the best way to develop a highly skilled trades workforce.

The 2018 conference will highlight initiatives, programs and strategies that contribute to Canada’s world-class apprenticeship system. Join us to learn about innovative approaches to training, workplace and mentoring initiatives, and the engagement of under-represented groups and youth.

National Apprenticeship Conference Program


Opening Ceremonies
Welcome & Opening Prayer – Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton, Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke
CAF-FCA Welcome – Gerald Clark, CAF-FCA Board Chair

1:30 – 4:30pm
Interactive Session

5:30 – 9:00pm
Reception & Opening Banquet


Networking Breakfast

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation

Apprenticeship in Québec

Networking Break

11:00am – 12:30pm — Concurrent A Sessions

A1. Technical Training Designed to Support Innovation
A2. Implementing Harmonized Trades Across Jurisdictions
A3. How Essential Skills Support Apprentice Success
A4. Cross-case Analysis of Shared Apprenticeship Models in Ontario
A5. Newcomers in Trades: Opportunities Challenges and Successes
A6. Experience Matters: An Examination of Technological Education Teachers in Ontario Secondary Schools


12:30pm Lunch

Panel: Trends and Key Issues

2:30pm Networking Break

3:00-4:00pm–Concurrent B Sessions

B1. OntarioLearn: An Online Approach to Supporting Skilled Trades
B2. Meeting the Challenge: Apprenticeship Programs Weigh in on the Future
B3. Joining Forces to Advance Women in Apprenticeship in Nova Scotia
B4. Innovation in Youth Engagement
B5. Augmented Reality in Trades Training
B6. Building Initiatives that Support Apprentice Completion

4:10-5:10pm–Concurrent C Sessions

C1. Pathway to Apprenticeship
C2. Public Sector Apprenticeships: How to Change the Culture to make Apprenticeship work for Unions and Employers
C3. Initiatives to Engage Indigenous Apprentices
C4. Employer Driven: A Recipe for Success
C5. The Introduction to Cook Apprentice Program: A Pathway to Success
C6. Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project

5:30 – 7:30pm
Networking Reception – Agora, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth



Panel: Skilled Trades: Enabling Innovation and Automation

Networking Break

10:30am – 12:00pm–Concurrent D Sessions

D1. Showcasing Competency in Safety-Critical Occupations
D2. Pre-apprenticeship Best Practices
D3. Initiatives Designed to Address Learning Disabilities Among Apprentices
D4. FutureBuilder: Engaging the Next Generation
D5. Statistics Canada: Apprenticeship Data and What It is Telling Us
D6. Improving Performance Through Mentorship: A National Demonstration Project

Diversity Lunch

Panel – Indigenous Peoples in the Building Trades: Sharing Success, Identifying Gaps

Apprentice Panel – Voices from Inside Apprenticeship in Canada

Closing Ceremony

For more information or to register visit the National Apprenticeship Conference section of the CAF-FCA site.


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