About Us

Trade Winds – Training Alberta’s Indigenous People for Success in the Trades

We assist First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Peoples to make informed career choices by providing academic and pre-apprenticeship training and follow-up support.

Trade Winds To Success was established in 2005 by the Joint Training Trust Fund and is partnered with Indigenous community organizations and government funding agencies to provide First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people an opportunity to receive pre-apprenticeship training and shop experience in the following construction trades:

Boilermaker, Carpenter, Construction Craft Labourer, Electrician, Insulator, Ironworker, Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), Plumber, Steamfitter-Pipefitter, and Welder

Our pre-apprenticeship training program is free to participants and has become the best screening tool for employers because of our empowerment of participants to be ready, willing, and able to work. Participants complete our program with the relevant knowledge, training, safety tickets, PPE, and support.

Program Timeline:
2-week Orientation: career decision-making, employment preparation, job maintenance
4-week Academic Prep: preparing for and writing the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam
2-10-week Union Shop Training: learning theory and obtaining hands-on training from accredited, state of the art training facilities from partnered union training centers

Annual Report

Board Chairman


Union Training Trust Fund Partners
Mike Bohnet
Millrights, Union 1460 Training Trust
Angus Potskin
Edmonton Pipe Trades Training Trust
Aboriginal Partners
Roberta Bearhead
Linda Domak
Roxanne Hall
Rupertsland Institute
Interim Executive Director
Joan Isaac
Trade Winds to Success Training Society

Board Members

Linda Domak

(Community Futures Treaty 7) – President

Mike Bohnet

(Millwright Local 1460 Training Trust Fund) – Vice President

Roberta Bearhead

(Oteenow) – Treasurer

Roxanne Hall

(Rupertsland Institute) – Director

Angus Potskin

(Edmonton Pipe Trades Educational Trust Fund) – Director

Our Staff


Joan Isaac

Interim Executive Director

Ben Hosker

Facilitator / Instructor

Carol Lee

Urban Programs Manager

Sherri Houle

Client Support Officer

Michelle Kostic

Manager: HR / Finance

Reison Bayley

Client Recruitment and Communications

Brooklynn Pollard-Norris

Purchase / Finance Clerk

Roberta Giroux

Apprenticeship Retention Officer

Margaret Fix

Client File Administrator

Iris Ayers



Leanne Froese

Assistant Manager

Vanessa Wings

Program Assistant

Robert Bryenton

Facilitator / Instructor

Russ McCloud

Apprenticeship Retention Officer

Community Workforce Development

Darlene Paradis

Manager: Community Workforce Development

Mike Nay

Facilitator / Instructor

Mary Collins

Community Liaison Officer

Vince Morrissette

Carpentry Instructor