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About Us

Trade Winds – Helping First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people Gain Meaningful Careers in Trades Occupations

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

Our Staff


Joan Isaac

Interim Executive Director

Jeremy Makokis

Marketing and Program Manager

Ben Hosker

Adult Basic Education Instructor

Carol Lee

Program Assistant

Sherri Houle

Client Services Coordinator


Finance Officer


Finance Assistant

Margaret Fix

Admin Assistant


Leanne Froese

Program Assistant

Vanessa Wings

Admin Assistant

Robert Bryenton

Adult Basic Education Instructor


Industry Engagement Liaison


Darlene Paradis

Community Workforce Development Program Manager

Mary Collins

Community Workforce Development Program – NW Business Liaison

Mike Nay

Adult Basic Education Instructor