Stelco becomes the first National Steel Sponsor for Mind Over Metal Camps

Stelco has supplied the required steel for over 80 CWB Welding Foundation Mind Over Metal (MOM) Camps that will run throughout Canada in 2018/19.

Stelco has supplied the required steel for over 80 CWB Welding Foundation Mind Over Metal (MOM) Camps that will run throughout Canada in 2018/19. The steel is used by approximately 20 camp participants to create and weld projects. Each camp receives a pallet of steel weighing approximately 860 pounds that would normally cost the CWB Welding Foundation $1,000 to supply.


“Stelco is happy to be able to provide such a vital component to the MOM Camps,” said Ron Merk, Division Manager, Stelco. “We recognize the importance of welding safety training, early exposure, and hands-on learning. Being able to provide the steel to the CWB Welding Foundation means more welding opportunities for Canadian youth and we are thrilled to be part of that.”


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 service centres, which are regional distributors of steel products.


The MOM Camps introduce youth ages 12-15 to welding through safety training, theoretical, and hands-on learning. They have been running since 2014, with the inaugural camp hosted in Edmonton, Alta. Many camps focus on at-risk youth, Indigenous, women, New Canadians, and the underrepresented. This is the first year that the CWB Welding Foundation has had a National Steel Sponsor.


“These camps are specifically designed to provide youth with a hands-on introduction to welding and inspire them to pursue a career in welding,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director, CWB Welding Foundation. “Having Stelco as the 2018/19 National Steel Sponsor has allowed us to reallocate funding to offer more camps across the country, which means more welding opportunities for Canadian youth.”


Swent Fabrication & Machine Ltd. also contributed by offering to organize, cut and palletize all the steel donated by Stelco.


“We understand that it takes time and energy to prepare all materials to be ready for use by the campers,” said Aaron Swent, President, Swent Fabrication and Machine Ltd.  “We are very happy to be part of the process and are able to contribute to the success of the MOM Camps.”


In April 2018, Stelco presented the CWB Welding Foundation with a cheque for $182,000 to make equipment upgrades to five secondary schools in Ont. including Assumption College School, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, Cayuga Secondary School, Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School, and Waterford District High School.


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 or 1 800 844 6790.


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