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Explore Your Future: Pathways to the Trades

September 28, 2021

October 27 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Explore Your Future

Explore Your Future is a series of FREE events to help Waterloo Region youth learn about some career options. While geared towards the early stage research needs of grade 7 to 10 students, it is open to any youth and family that are interested .

Note: This event takes place over Zoom. A link will be sent out to registered attendees about 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

Pathways to the Skilled Trades

Looking for every day at work to be different? Interested in earning while learning? Do you enjoy solving problems? Or working with your hands? These are some of the benefits of a career in the skilled trades.

Our panel shares what skilled trade they chose and why. They will describe the type of job they currently have and the journey they've taken since high school to get to this place in their career. In particular, they will share about the different options for apprenticing including starting in high school through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).


Andie Davidson - Electrician

undefinedAndrea Davidson is a 309A construction and maintenance electrician working at Eclipse Automation in Cambridge. She started her career in construction and have helped to light up buildings all around Kitchener and Waterloo.

Dan Orchard - Marine Mechanic, ABYC Marine Electrician

Dan completed both his placement and apprenticeship with C.A.S. Power Marine Ltd. He has mentored apprentices in its service department. Dan is a Certified Marine Engine Mechanic with the Province of Ontario, a Suzuki Marine MasterTech since 2009, a Mercruiser Certified Technician and Volvo Penta Certified Technician.

Braeden Borges - Electro-Mechanical Automation Maintenance program at Conestoga

Braeden is a second year student in Conestoga’s Electro-Mechanical Maintenance program looking to pursue a career as an industrial electrician. He started his journey into his future career with a co-op at Linamar, working alongside an electrician and a millwright this past summer.

Anabela De Araujo - Auto Service Assistant

Anabela is a Service Assistant with the Kitchener-Waterloo Mercedes Benz dealership.

Special Guests for the Q &A

Abby Brandes, Liaison, School of Trades and Apprenticeships, Conestoga

Leonard Bumbacco, Student Achievement Consultant, Waterloo Catholic District School Board

David Pope, OYAP Coordinator, Waterloo Region District School Board


Each panelist will have 5 minutes to describe what they do and their career journey.

Then you get a chance to ask them questions about their jobs, the steps they took towards their goals and the career decisions they made along the way.

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