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.

Guiding Principles 

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: courtneygouthro@skillsns.ca 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

Dale Crawford
Department of Labour and Advanced Education

Don Hill
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board

Tracey Leary
Education Consultant, Workers’ Compensation Board

Ken Collier
Memorial Composite High School

Shannon Trites
Automotive Sector Council of Nova Scotia

Aaron Hebb
Apprentice, Motor Vehicle Repair

Kevin O’Halloran
Faculty, Nova Scotia Community College

Jeff Nash
M&R Engineering

Blair Mikkelsen
IBEW Local 625 JATC

Commander Pierre Lebel
Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School

Trent Soholt
Executive Director, Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council

Ashley DeLong
Associate College Registrar, Nova Scotia Community College

Lisa Tilley
Partner, Uprise Consulting

Keith Gelnhorn
ADHA/ Diverse-Abilities Transition Coach & Trainer, ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd.

Heather Cruickshanks
Owner, LE Cruickshanks



Courtney Gouthro
Executive Director
(902) 491-3598

Lydia MacIntosh
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

(902) 491-4739

Laura King
Program Manager

(902) 491-4647

Robin Lorway
Disability Services Manager

(902) 491-4734

Brennan Laite
Partnership Coordinator
(902) 491-4720

Janine King
Competition Coordinator

(902) 491-4640

Alex Clodd
Essential Skills Coordinator

(902) 491-2374

Chris Gallant
Promotions Coordinator

(902) 491-4635


Impact Report

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

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.

To learn more about this initiative and the programs we offer, please click here.

Contact our Disability Services Manager, Robin Lorway at: robinlorway@skillsns.ca or (902) 491-4734

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