The Jill of All Trades 2016 show, held at Conestoga College, Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV’s Decked Out, Disaster Decks and Deck Wars was the keynote speaker during the opening ceremonies. He told the students they have a unique edge over their male counterparts, but they need to use it effectively. Paul continues to encourages all women to pursue their dreams in skilled trades.
Paul Lafrance (& his alter ego!) appears on a celebrity panel with Kate Campbell and Line Pelletier at the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition in New Brunswick. They discuss their careers, what drew them to the skilled trades, and the essential skills of their occupations!
Skills Canada Hosts Official Launch of 22nd Skills Canada National Competition
MONCTON, June 6, 2016 – Earlier today, Skills/Compétences Canada hosted the official launch of the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), at the Moncton Coliseum. This important event creates awareness of the incredible career opportunities available in the skilled trades and technologies across Canada.
Special guests included Larry Slaney from UA Canada and Rob Sillner from TransCanada, the presenting sponsors of the Skills Canada National Competition, and several industry celebrities including Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV Canada’s Disaster Decks, Decked out and Custom Built, Kate Campbell, a host on HGTV’s Custom Built and owner of KateBuilds Inc. and Line Pelletier, celebrity chef and runner-up on MasterChef Canada. This event featured an exciting bricklaying challenge, one of the many contest areas that will be showcased at SCNC.
This event launched the two-day competition, which will feature over 500 competitors from across Canada who will compete in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests for the opportunity to be named the best in the country in their chosen field. The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) will also feature over 40 interactive Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities where visiting students and the general public will get the opportunity to try their hand at different trades and test their skills.
“Events like the Skills Canada National Competition are a great way for Canadian youth to discover the many diverse career opportunities available to them in the skilled trades and technologies”, said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills/Compétences Canada. “Young Canadians being informed about the numerous educational pathways and career options will position Canada well for economic growth.”
There are several Skills Canada events happening in conjunction with SCNC including Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities, Essential Skills presentations and activities, the Essential Skills Educator’s Forum and a live Essential Skills Webcast on June 6th and 7th. The Closing Ceremony, where the results of the competition will be announced, will take place on June 8th, from 12:00pm – 3:00 pm, at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre.
About Skills/Compétences Canada
Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not‐for‐profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. For information on Skills Canada’s programs and competitions visit www.skillscanada.com. For more information about SCNC visit: www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/programs/skills-canada-national-competition.
I’m so relieved Spring is finally HERE! As much as I love Christmas time, fireplaces, and the look of the winter sun shining off of trees and fields covered in ice, I’m happy to let it go in favour of warmer weather and being able to run outside without first donning my parka. I wear flip flops in the winter out of sheer rebellion!
At Paul Lafrance Design, we’ve been busily expanding, forging new relationships, and creating crazy projects that I can’t wait for you all to see! We’ve partnered with some truly remarkable companies that are on the cutting edge of the design industry, creating everything from state of the art glass railings, to corkscrew metal footings that replace traditional concrete ones, to incredible wall and ceiling treatments that make my job all that much more fun!
We’ve also formed an alliance with an amazing deck company called, fittingly, The Deck Store. The Deck Store, owned by Terry Fangrad, has got six design centres in Ontario (so far), and offers both stellar workmanship and customer service. We are now working with them, hand-in-hand, to install Paul Lafrance Designs all across the province.
With warm weather upon us (did I mention how happy that makes me?) we are getting booked up quickly with new designs for folks all across the country and in the United States. If you’ve ever watched any of my shows (Decked Out, Disaster Decks, Custom Built, etc.) you’ll know that we come up with some pretty spectacular stuff (if I do say so myself!). What you might not have known is that we design custom outdoor living spaces and interior renovations for people internationally. If you’ve ever wondered what we could come up with for your backyard or any room in your house, give us a shout. We’d love to dream up something extraordinary with you.