About Skills Canada Nova Scotia

What We Do

Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth the opportunity to explore careers in skilled trades and technologies. We do this by offering programming in skilled trades and technologies throughout the province. Our programs are made possible through partnerships with industry, government, labour, and education.

Our signature event is the annual Nova Scotia Skills Competition. We are a part of Skills/Compétences Canada and associated with WorldSkills International.

Mission

We ignite curiosity and passion by promoting skilled trades, technologies, and career exploration through skill development and competition.

Our Values

As an organization we value:

  • Accountability – acting with transparency while honouring our commitments;
  • Camaraderie – celebrating each other and developing a sense of community;
  • Collaboration – working together to achieve common goals with an open heart and mind;
  • Diversity – respecting the strength that comes from diverse experiences, traditions, and thought;
  • Excellence – having the perseverance and passion to do your best;
  • Inclusion – creating intentional, welcoming spaces;
  • Innovation – creating an environment that encourages creativity, forward thinking, and adaptability;
  • Integrity – acting responsibly with honesty and fairness;
  • Safety – taking all reasonable precautions that protect the mental and physical health of everyone involved.

Our Vision: We inspire excellence in skilled trades and technologies in Nova Scotia.

Board of Directors

Officers

Luke Young – President

Owner, Lucas Technology & Analytics

Ashley Delong – Vice President

Associate College Registrar, NSCC

Trent Soholt – Secretary/Treasurer

Executive Director, Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council

Board

Jeffrey Barrett

Investment Advisor, DFS Investments Inc

David Benoit

Executive Director for Strategic Infrastructure Planning with the Department of Health & Wellness

Chris Bourque

Business and Operations Manager, Oceans Technology Council of Nova Scotia

Scott Coleman

Consultant, Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development

Tracey Johnson

Aboriginal Trades Coordinator, Native Council of Nova Scotia

Keith Gelhorn

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

Heather Cruickshanks

Owner, LE Cruickshanks

Marjorie Davison

Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

Calum Macleod

Labour Relations Officer, Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association

Geordie Walsh

Faculty Electrical Training Trust Officer, IBEW LOCAL 625 JAtc

Scott Furlotte

Faculty, NSCC

Anna Naylor

Manager of Learning Programs with COVE

Staff

Courtney Gouthro Portrait

COURTNEY GOUTHRO

Executive Director

cell: 902-491-3598

courtneygouthro@skillsns.ca

Jennifer Lambe Portrait

JENNIFER LAMBE

Partnerships Manager

cell: (902) 817-4734

jenniferlambe@skillsns.ca

Emilla Conlon Portrait

EMILLA CONLON

Program Manager

cell: (902) 456-1831

emillaconlon@skillsns.ca

Hanna Wolf Portrait

HANNA WOLF

Accessibility Services Manager

cell: (647) 895-7574

hannawolf@skillsns.ca

Bethany Poulson Portrait

BETHANY POULSEN

Competition Coordinator

cell: (902) 880-9952

bethanypoulsen@skillsns.ca

CHRIS GALLANT

Lead Content Producer

cell: (902) 880-5038

chrisgallant@skillsns.ca

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CAMERON MILES

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

cell: (902) 491-4739

cameronmiles@skillsns.ca

Carson Deveau Portrait

CARSON DEVEAU

Outreach Coordinator

cell: (902) 215-0355

outreach@skillsns.ca