Building Awareness and Supporting Skills Development

Woman of Steel participant welding a T joint in the horizontal position using the Shielded Metal Arc welding process.

We partner with secondary and post-secondary schools and community organizations to host Mind Over Metal camps that introduce welding to youth across Canada.

The 2019-20 program was supported by CWB Welding Foundation as well as three major Mind Over Metal camp sponsors including Enbridge (Regina, Balgonie), Bird Construction (Fairview), and the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) (Brantford). Other sponsors include Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) (Prince Albert), Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) (Regina), Dumur Industries (Moose Jaw), Dr. Amy Thomas (Regina) and Sasktel (Prince Albert).

In-kind donations of personal protective equipment have been made by 3M, Praxair, and Rasco. We are very grateful for their involvement and support of this impactful initiative.
















Also included on the list below are LNG Canada ‘Arx and Sparx Welding Camps’, which have been custom designed in partnership with LNG Canada.

Below you will find the list of camp locations, dates, and the contact information for registration. Each Camp will also be placing flyers locally within their community to recruit for participants.

For more information contact us at and use #NewWelderNation to connect on our social media channels!


2019 Camp Locations
Location   Province  Date  Camp Location   Target Audience  Camp Contact Contact Email
Burnaby BC 6/17/2019 British Columbia Institute of Technology General Laurie Therrien
Saint John NB 6/24/2019 Harbour View High School General Andrew Clarke
Winnipeg MB 7/2/2019 Tech Vocational High School General Katrina Derbecker
New Liskeard ON 7/2/2019 Timiskaming District Secondary School General Chris Code
Fairview AB 7/8/2019 Grande Prairie Regional College General Brian Carreau
Slave Lake AB 7/8/2019 Northern Lakes College General Brian Panasiuk
Fort Frances ONT 7/8/2019 Seven Generation Education Institute Indigenous Don Eldridge
Gatineau QC 7/8/2019 École des métiers spécialisés Asticou General Julie Malette
Balgonie SK 7/8/2019 Greenall High School General Gord Heidel
Regina SK 7/8/2019 Saskatchewan Polytechnic All Girls Michelle Lanoie
Calgary AB 7/15/2019 Bishop Grandin Indigenous Keith Routhier
Brantford ON 7/15/2019 Six Nations Polytechnic Institute Indigenous Mary Fuke
Terrace BC 7/15/2019 Coast Mountain College Arx and Sparx Haley Thickett
Prince Albert SK 7/15/2019 Saskatchewan Polytechnic All Girls Tammie Pawlust
Prince Rupert BC 7/22/2019 Coast Mountain College Arx and Sparx Haley Thickett
Moose Jaw SK 7/22/2019 Saskatchewan Polytechnic All Girls Michelle Lanoie
Kamloops BC 7/29/2019 Thompson Rivers University Arx and Sparx Dwayne Geiger
Surrey BC 8/12/2019 Kwantlen Polytech Arx and Sparx Al Sumal 
Cowichan/Duncan BC 8/12/2019 Vancouver Island University Arx and Sparx Mike Hallam
St. Stephen NB 8/12/2019 St. Stephen High School All Girls Robb Wilson
Kitimat BC 8/26/2019 KVI Arx and Sparx Brent Sunshine
New Liskeard ON 8/26/2019 Timiskaming District Secondary School General Chris Code 
Thunder Bay ON 10/10/2019 Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School Indigenous Ken Liddicoat
Winnipeg MB 11/2/2019 RB Russell Vocational High School Indigenous Mike Johnston
Orangeville ON 11/4//2019 Orangeville District Secondary School General Richard Alexander