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From left: Chris Whitaker, president, Humber College, and Skills Ontario Board of Directors; Mike Shannon, Vice President of distribution operations, Union Gas, and Ray Lavender, of Snap-On Tools, and Skills Ontario Board of Directors.

Union Gas Promotes Trades To Indigenous Youth

$20,000 Grant goes to First Nation,
Métis And Inuit Initiatives program

Union Gas is offering a $20,000 grant to Skills Ontario to help fund programs that encourage Indigenous youth to pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors.

"Union Gas is passionate about investing in youth and in giving them the opportunity to explore skilled trades as a career option," said Mike Shannon, vice president of distribution operations, Union Gas.

During a time when there is a shortage of skilled workers to meet growing demand across many industry sectors, the In-School Presentation program encourages thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth to pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors.

The initiatives include summer camps for Grade 7 and Grade 8 students, hands-on workshops and participation in the Skills Ontario Competition. The grant helps to support three First Nations, Métis, and Inuit liaison officers, based in London, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, who travel across the Ontario to promote careers in skilled trades and technologies.

"First Nations, Métis, and Inuit-focused initiatives are a key, strategic component of Skills Ontario programming. The financial and ongoing community support we receive from Union Gas provides us with the necessary resources to positively impact the career choices of young First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people in Ontario," said Ray Lavender, chair of the Skills Ontario board of directors.

About Skills Ontario

Skills Ontario is building Ontario's skilled trades and technologies workforce. They enable and empower all youth, including women and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies.

Engagement with students, teachers, parents, volunteers, employers and mentors ensure our programs connect education, experience, and employment. They deliver in-school presentations across Ontario, host Canada's largest skills competition, run summer camps for skills development and connect students to employers.

They are focused on growth sectors such as construction and infrastructure, technology innovation, and hospitality services. For more information, visit or find them on Twitter and Instagram @skillsontario, on Facebook and YouTube.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2017 and is committed to building long-term productive relationships with members of the First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities based on mutual respect and economic opportunity.  For more information, visit


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