Training & Education
OPG to host Aboriginal trade fair – Nov. 7, 2015
By Renée Francoeur
November 5, 2015 – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is hosting an Aboriginal trade fair in collaboration with the Durham-GTA Chapter of Partners on Aboriginal Inclusion (PAID). The “Day in the Trades” fair will take place at the Darlington Energy Complex this Saturday, November 7.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for young Aboriginal people to hear firsthand from building trade union representatives, employers and contractors about potential careers in the skilled trades,” said Ted Gruetzner, OPG’s vice-president of corporate and Aboriginal relations. “We’re proud to work with PAID to improve recruiting and training of Aboriginal people for the construction industry. In fact, 20% of all skilled trades working on the Darlington refurbishment will be apprentices.”
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the complex at 1855 Energy Drive in Courtice, Ont.
“Our aim is to showcase the strength of partnerships with Aboriginals and industry representatives,” said Gavin Lawrence, project co-ordinator of the Durham-GTA PAID. “Building trade unions, construction companies, employers and employment specialists are committed to Aboriginal inclusion within their organizations.”
OPG notes that Aboriginal youth are the fastest growing demographic in Canada; the population is growing twice as fast as the general Canadian population.