TransCanada Returns as Presenting Sponsor for the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition

TransCanada shows its commitment to the skilled trades and technologies as a returning sponsor of Canada's only national, multi-trade and technology event for skilled trade and technology students and apprentices in Moncton, NB, on June 5-8, 2016.

OTTAWA, April 5, 2016 /CNW/ - Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies is proud to announce that TransCanada is confirmed as a Presenting Sponsor of the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC).

SCC is pleased to welcome TransCanada as a Presenting Sponsor for the second consecutive year. The generous support of its Presenting Sponsors enables SCC to better promote careers in skilled trades and technologies through SCNC. TransCanada first participated as a provincial sponsor of Skills Canada in 2007, and has since become a strong supporter of skills competitions across the country.

"TransCanada's contribution is going to greatly assist us in the skills development of young Canadians. The Skills Canada National Competition is an opportunity for industry partners to raise awareness of the job opportunities that will be available to the next generation of skilled trade workers," says Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills/Compétences Canada.

From June 5-8, 2016, industry, government, labour representatives, educators and youth will gather in Moncton where over 500 secondary and post-secondary students will compete in more than 40 skilled trade and technology contests, in six sectors, including contest areas such as landscape gardening and mobile robotics to welding, aircraft technology, graphic design and hairstyling.

SCNC tests the best and brightest against exacting industry standards configured by a National Technical Committees comprised of skilled trade and technology experts from industry and education. It is an important event that attracts young career-seekers, employers, educators, and industry associations, and helps showcase the many opportunities available in the skilled trade and technology sectors.

"TransCanada is proud to sponsor an event that supports the development of skills among Canadian youth and contributes to a stronger Canadian workforce," says John Soini, President of the Energy East Pipeline project. "Events such as this competition help encourage Canadian youth to get involved in the skilled trades and technologies and to pursue a fulfilling and rewarding career in this field."

Highly skilled tradespeople are key to important pipeline projects such as Energy East – the 4,600-km project that will ship 1.1-million barrels of oil per day from Western Canada to the oil refineries and port terminals of Eastern Canada. Through its donation, TransCanada is proud to contribute to Skills Canada's efforts to train a new generation of tradespeople, some of whom will go on to work on projects like Energy East.

About TransCanada
With more than 65 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 67,000 kilometers (42,000 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with more than 368 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 11,400 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest liquids delivery systems. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto (TSX: TRP) and New York (NYSE: TRP) stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit and our blog to learn more, or connect with us on social media and 3BL Media.


SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada

For further information: SKILLS/COMPÉTENCES CANADA MEDIA CONTACT: Michèle Rogerson,, T. 613-266-4771; TRANSCANADA MEDIA CONTACT: Tim Duboyce / Mark Cooper T. 514.982.8421, or, 800.608.7859


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