Media release

Canadore Transporting the Trades

Canadore College, in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Northern Gateway Branch, will showcase careers in mining and the skilled trades to communities across the province starting this week.

The mobile recruiting unit is a 47 ft. transport truck that highlights six out of eight of Canadore’s trades and technology programs, all of which train graduates in skills highly transferable and valuable to the mining industry.

The mining sector is a driver of change and a source of tremendous economic benefit to Canadian private and public interests. The field supports economic growth in large urban centres and in remote rural and First Nations communities. In 2009 alone, the industry contributed $32 billion to Canadian gross domestic product (GDP) and employed 306,000 workers.

“We are pleased to support Canadore in this initiative,” said Tom Palangio, Chairman of the CIM Northern Gateway Branch. “The mining industry relies heavily on engineering and trades to develop projects, and these career paths lead to well-paying, secure jobs.  It is an area that offers flexibility such as travel and adventure and even the opportunity to be your own boss for those who want to establish a business.”

The transport trailer is equipped with a virtual welder, a computer numerical control (CNC) machine, a motive power diagnostics display, interactive plumbing and electrical displays, and a carpentry demonstration for participants to experience these trades first-hand.

“This is one of those really cool projects where we get to highlight what we do well,” said George Burton, Canadore College President. “Not only does the transport show off our programs, but it was outfitted and equipped by our own professors and employees. There is no doubt that the trades are a big part of solving the skills mismatch and our ailing economy. Canadore is ready to train the next generation of skilled workers.”

Media and the public are invited to the mobile recruiting transport unveiling.

Date:   Thursday, June 20, 2013
Time:   11 a.m.
Location:  City Hall, 200 McIntyre Street East (McIntyre side of the building)
“Our City is proud to support Canadore’s new mobile recruiting unit,” said Al McDonald, Mayor of the City of North Bay. The transport is a great way to create awareness around the skilled trades in demand in our local labour market and the career paths that are open to our youth. Canadore and the CIM Northern Gateway Branch are valuable organizations in our community, and we congratulate them on this exciting new endeavour.”

Image rendered by Canadore College Graphic Design Artist

Canadore provides access to over 60 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and student services. Each year, approximately 1,000 graduates join a network of 40,000 alumni working around the globe.

For more information, please contact Jessica Charette at 705.475.2538 or; Carrie Richmond at 705.474.7600 ext.5216 or


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