Stelco Helps Equip Five Area Secondary Schools with Welding Shops for the Future


Stelco Helps Equip Five Area Secondary Schools with Welding Shops for the Future

Townsend, Ontario – Five secondary school welding programs in the Grand Erie District School Board and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board will receive upgrades thanks to a significant donation by Stelco Inc. through the CWB Welding Foundation.

Stelco presented the CWB Welding Foundation with a cheque for $182,000 to make equipment upgrades to Assumption College School, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, Cayuga Secondary School, Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School, and Waterford District High School.

Stelco will also be the national steel sponsor for all of the CWB Welding Foundation’s Mind over Metal camps across Canada for at-risk youth ages 12-15. The CWB Welding Foundation is anticipating 100 camps this year across Canada.  

"Stelco is proud to be improving educational outcomes for the next generation of skilled trades people in the welding industry. Through this contribution, more students will have access to improved equipment and have greater opportunity to explore the potential of a future career in the skilled trades," said Jack DiCosimo, Vice President, Operations, Stelco.     

Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWB Welding Foundation said the partnership will provide great opportunities to students to further their dreams of pursuing a career in welding.

“The impact of this partnership will be seen through the improvement of welding education at the five secondary schools who will benefit from the generosity of Stelco. This donation will mean new equipment that will provide opportunities to learn welding processes and techniques that weren’t available before as well as a renewed sense of pride for the teachers and students in these programs. As a result, students will be better prepared for the workforce, and their future careers in welding.

Brenda Blancher, Director of Education for the Grand Erie District School Board, said the entire board, staff and students are grateful for the investment by Stelco. 

“Stelco’s investment through the CWB Welding Foundation will provide Grand Erie students with new welding equipment and supplies, improving their experiential learning and overall education. We’re grateful to Stelco for investing in the industry’s future leaders, and for helping Grand Erie achieve success for every student.”

Rick Petrella, Chair of the Board of Trustees, BHNCDSB, said students at Assumption College School will greatly benefit from Stelco’s donation.

“We extend our sincerest appreciation to Stelco through the CWB Welding Foundation for their generous contribution for technology upgrades at Assumption College School.  The Catholic school board and Stelco are working together to ensure that our manufacturing learning spaces are state-of-the-art places where students can reach ahead to a future filled with hope and promise.”


Billy Canning
Fundraising & Partnership Associate
CWB Welding Foundation
Office: 1-800-844-6790, ext. 259
Cell: 289-893-0240

About the CWB Welding Foundation

The CWB Welding Foundation is a National registered charity that supports the Canadian welding industry by increasing public safety awareness in welding, and addressing the welding skilled trade shortage and mismatch in Canada. Through education based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, indigenous, women, at-risk youth, disabled, and the disadvantaged. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.

About Stelco Inc.

Stelco Inc. is a low cost, integrated and independent steelmaker with one of the newest and most technologically advanced integrated steelmaking facilities in North America. The Company produces flat-rolled value-added steels, including premium-quality coated, cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel products. With first-rate gauge, crown, and shape control, as well as reliable uniformity of mechanical properties, our steel products are supplied to customers in the construction, automotive and energy industries across Canada and the United States as well as to a variety of steel services centres, which are regional distributers of steel products.

About Grand Erie School Board

Grand Erie District School Board represents more than 26,000 students in 59 elementary and 14 secondary schools within the City of Brantford and the Counties of Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk. With a dedicated staff of 2,800, Grand Erie is committed to its goal of Success for Every Student.

About Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School

The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board provides a Christ-centred education to nearly 10,000 students.  We offer a comprehensive K-12 program that includes French Immersion and dedicated STEM program for all K-8 students.  We employ over 700 teachers, who are supported by a team of consultants, principals and administrators. Over 300 non-academic staff ensure that the best possible facilities, supports and resources are available to teachers and students.

The Board encompasses a broad geographical area bordered by Oxford and Elgin Counties, the Regional Municipality of Niagara and the City of Hamilton, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, and Lake Erie.