What We Do
Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS) is a not-for-profit organization that provides Nova Scotian youth with opportunities to explore skilled trades and technologies through a range of programming. This is made possible by partnerships with industry, government, labour, and
education. Our signature event is the annual Nova Scotia Skills Competition. SCNS is affiliated nationally with Skills / Compétences Canada and is associated with WorldSkills International.
SCNS Values: Accountability, Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Excellence, Inclusion, Integrity, Safety
As an ambassador or participant of Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS), I will act in a manner that is consistent with, and promotes the values of SCNS. This means I will:
- Be safe.
- Be present, committed, and engaged.
- Value and support the contributions of others.
- Be respectful and trustworthy.
- Do my best and give my best.
Board of Directors
Members of the Board are connected to skilled trades and technologies through industry, education, and government. The Board meets regularly, and an annual general meeting is held each December in conjunction with our Skills Excellence Awards.
If you’re interested in becoming a board member, please contact our Executive Director, Courtney Gouthro: firstname.lastname@example.org or (902) 491-3598
Lisa Frizzell, President
Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Luke Young, Vice President
Lucas Technology & Analytics
Allan Stapleton, Secretary / Treasurer
Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association
Department of Labour and Advanced Education
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
Education Consultant, Workers’ Compensation Board
Memorial Composite High School
Automotive Sector Council of Nova Scotia
Apprentice, Motor Vehicle Repair
Faculty, Nova Scotia Community College
IBEW Local 625 JATC
Commander Pierre Lebel
Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School
Executive Director, Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
Associate College Registrar, Nova Scotia Community College
Partner, Uprise Consulting
ADHA/ Diverse-Abilities Transition Coach & Trainer, ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd.
Owner, LE Cruickshanks
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Disability Services Manager
Essential Skills Coordinator
Every fall, Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS) publishes its Impact Report. This report provides a brief overview of the organization and its partners, programs, and activities for the past year.
You can view a PDF of our Impact Report here.
Every year, hundreds of volunteers—from coaches to competition organizers, board members to tour guides — donate their time in support of Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS), and we are extremely grateful for their contributions.
Click here to become a volunteer.
Volunteer of the Year
The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in helping our organization support Nova Scotian youth.
Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form
Disability Services is a SCNS initiative that celebrates and fosters the skills of persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia.
SCNS provides persons with disabilities across the province the opportunity to explore skilled trades and technologies, and develop their workplace skills. In addition to ensuring all SCNS programs are accessible, SCNS provides workshops specifically for persons with disabilities.