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OUR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE WAS HELD ON MAY 19, 2021

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

On May 19th at 7:00 PM, the Create the Future virtual conference introduced young women in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) to inspiring women who work in the exciting world of the skilled trades.

 

After an energizing talk by TV Host and General Contractor Kayleen McCabe, students gathered into smaller sessions with a tradeswoman of their choice. During these sessions, students heard about more personal experiences and had the opportunity to ask many questions.

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

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Automotive Service Technician

Samridhi Sharma

Automotive Service Technicians perform preventative maintenance, diagnose problems and repair vehicle systems in cars and light trucks.

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Concrete Former

Mulisius Joe (MJ)

Concrete Formers help build structures by setting up the forms in which concrete is poured to create walkways, walls, pillars and more.

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Insulation Installer

Meagan Donnelly

Insulation installers ensure that indoor temperatures are maintained by installing insulation in residential homes and commercial buildings.

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Tile Setter

Alexandra Wells

Tile setters cover, protect, repair and decorate exterior and interior walls, floors, ceilings, fireplaces, showers, swimming pools and other surfaces.

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Bricklayer

Celeste Iam

Bricklayers build and repair walls, floors, arches, pavings, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, smokestacks and other structures.

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Electrician

Andrea Davidson

Electricians plan, assemble, connect, install, repair, inspect, test, verify and maintain electrical systems in various settings.

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Machinist

Elizabeth Moses

Machinists shape and finish metal to make precision machined parts and components used in all areas of manufacturing.

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Truck and Coach Technician

Tanya Daye

Truck and Coach Technicians inspect, repair, and maintain commercial trucks, emergency vehicles, buses and road transport vehicles.

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Bulldozer Operator

Larissa North

Bulldozer Operators operate their equipment in various types of projects such as construction and maintenance, quarrying, land clearing and more.

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Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

Brigit Floriano

Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians inspect, diagnose, repair, maintain and test mobile heavy duty equipment.

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Millwright

Kate Parr

Millwrights install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment.

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Welder

Natasha Knipping

Welders join pieces of metal by applying intense heat and gas on the metal components of buildings, bridges, automobiles, ships, and more.

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Kayleen McCabe
General Contractor, TV Host, and Trades advocate
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Licensed contractor Kayleen McCabe has been swinging hammers and toting tool belts since she was 6 years old. She hosted 5 seasons of Rescue Renovation on the DIY Network, saving nearly 100 ill-fated home renovations.

 

Kayleen is a vocal advocate for young women entering skilled trade careers. Her keynote address helped TDSB and TCDSB students understand the rising demand for trade professionals and inspired them to believe in their potential. 

 

Follow Kayleen McCabe now on Facebook or Instagram @kayleenmccabe

 
 
 

VIDEOS

AGENDA

7:00 PM         Welcome and Opening Remarks

7:10 PM         Keynote Address by Kayleen McCabe

7:35 PM         Breakout Session # 1

8:00 PM         Breakout Session # 2

8:25 PM         Closing Remarks and Prizes

 

PRODUCED BY

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

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