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UA Canada and Skills Canada form Partnership  
Jun 28, 2012  

UA Canada in partnership with Local Union 488 Edmonton and Local 496 Calgary co-sponsored Skills Canada this past June in the amount $50,000 dollars as a Premier Sponsor for the 2012 National Skills Canada event held in Edmonton, Alberta. UA Canada was represented at the event by Robert Kinsey, our International Representative for Western Canada, and by all reports from Skills staff we were very well represented by Rob in events and speeches to the entire group on behalf of the UA .

On June 20th, 2012 we met with Skills Canada representatives Shaun Thorsen and Gail Vent to review the final numbers for the event and to discuss a possible partnership between UA Canada and Skills Canada. As a result of our meetings the UA has committed to funding the Skills Canada National Competition for a top sponsorship position as a Presenting Sponsor for $100,000 dollars per year for the next three years. This sponsorship position will give the UA the main focus for this event with many opportunities for visibility especially with youth, government officials, clients, owners, contractors, students and teachers, and the general public. It includes video, newspaper ads, and many forms of social media exposure for our organization. We think this will create many opportunities for everyone to become aware of what the UA is all about and how we do business in Canada.

The UA will be working with regional offices of Skills Canada as well for support of provincial competitions in an effort to bring as many people to these events as possible to see what our organization is all about. The next national event will be held in Vancouver in 2013, and we look forward to being a part of the process that Skills Canada has put into place. This is a great opportunity for us to educate our youth and showcase the construction industry, and also give these young people information on what the trades are all about. We also look forward to being part of ensuring that everyone involved understands the importance of Apprenticeship for the future of Canada, and let us not forget that there are over 500 Apprentices and skilled young people from across the country showing off their fantastic skills to everyone that attends, and you get to see them all compete for the top spot to have a chance to become national champs and maybe go to the World Skills Competition.

Larry Slaney
UA Canada
Director, Canadian Training



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