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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

Our Staff


Joan Isaac

Interim Executive Director

Ben Hosker

Facilitator / Instructor

Carol Lee

Manager: Urban Programs

Sherri Houle

Client Support Officer

Michelle Kostic

Manager: HR / Finance

Reison Bayley

Client Recruitment and Communications

Brooklynn Pollard-Norris

Purchaser / Finance Assistant

Jeremy Makokis

Apprenticeship Retention Officer


Leanne Froese

Client Coordinator

Vanessa Wings

Program Assistant

Robert Bryenton

Facilitator / Instructor

Russ McCloud

Apprenticeship Retention Officer

Community Workforce Development

Darlene Paradis

Manager: Community Workforce Development

Margaret Fix

Program Assistant

Mike Nay

Facilitator / Instructor

Mary Collins

Community Liaison Officer