LNG Canada Supports B.C. Mind Over Metal Camps

LNG Canada’s commitment to provide support for the 2018/19 Mind Over Metal camps has allowed CWB Welding Foundation to offer 15 camps in British Columbia this year.

 LNG Canada Supports B.C. Mind Over Metal Camps

CWB Welding Foundation relies on the support from partners such as LNG Canada to continue engaging youth across the country and introduce them to welding. LNG Canada’s commitment to provide support for the 2018/19 Mind Over Metal camps has allowed CWB Welding Foundation to offer 15 camps in British Columbia this year.

The Canadian welding industry has many great career opportunities ranging from welder, welding inspector, welding researcher and even a welding engineer. The CWB Welding Foundation hosted its first pilot welding camp in the summer of 2014 in Edmonton, AB and is now organizing over 80 camps across Canada for the months of June, July, and August. The camps are focused on introducing students from ages 12-15 to the trade and encouraging them to try welding. Many of the camps focus on at-risk and Indigenous youth.

“LNG Canada is pleased to partner with CWAF because Mind over Metal camps are changing the perceptions of youth and their parents about welding and careers in welding,” said Tracey MacKinnon, workforce development lead, LNG Canada. “The hands-on learning these camps provide builds young people’s confidence and self-esteem, and gives many youth a reason to continue to secondary and post-secondary education."

LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and KOGAS. The joint venture is proposing to build an LNG export facility in Kitimat that would represent the largest energy investment in Canadian history.

“These camps are specifically designed to provide youth with a hands-on introduction to welding and inspire them to pursue a career in welding. They are also making lasting memories and building confidence, while being supervised by professionals in a safe environment,” said Deborah Mates, executive director, CWB Welding Foundation.

 

Welding safety, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), introduction to weld symbols, and a brief overview of the impact welding has on our daily lives will be part of the camp. Once the theoretical portion is completed, the students will have fun with real arcs and sparks while they create their very own projects like cow bells, and a metal rose.

 

If you would like to donate or partner with us to enhance our efforts to increase public safety awareness or address the welding skilled trade shortage and mismatch in Canada, please contact us at info@cwbweldingfoundation.org or 1 800 844 6790.