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Welcome to Explore the Trades! Halton’s virtual trades exploration event for Grade 7 students. We hope that you and your teachers learn a great deal about the trades and technologies today and walk away with a great understanding of the possibilities that your future may hold.


We’ll ask you to start by watching this video: Welcome to the Skilled Trades.


Step 1: Watch this introductory video



Welcome to the Skilled Trades

Step 2: Watch this keynote address

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Keynote address by Jamie McMillan

Journeyman Ironworker and Motivational Speaker

Keynote Speaker



Jamie McMillan is a Motivational Speaker, Journeyman Ironworker, Apprentice Boilermaker, Author, Visionary and Advocate for Skilled Trades, Technology, Mental Health, Homelessness and Youth.


Jamie became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the struggles and challenges of working a male dominated workforce and is on mission to break down the negative misconceptions and stereotypes.


A tireless advocate for the skilled trades, she has have gained international notoriety for opening doors and minds to the possibilities of well-paid careers in skilled trades and technology sectors. In 2019 Jamie was named by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as co-chair on a National Skilled Trades Advisory Committee to promote careers in skilled trades for youth.