Think of the Children: Ontario appoints new youth advisors to skilled trades effort

Toronto, Ontario The Ontario government has appointed three new Youth Advisors to work with the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development to help garner interest in skilled trades from young Canadians.

Adam Melnick, Andrew Pariser, and Jennifer Green will be working directly with Minister McNaughten to come up with ways to both support those young people already in the middle of their training, as well as those who are currently looking toward the world of skilled trades as a viable option.

Melnick, a Durham Region resident, is the current director of government and community relations for the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Local 95 Ontario. He also hosts and produces the “Accidental Apprentices Podcast – Odd Jobs Explored.”

Pariser is the vice-president of Residential Construction Council of Ontario since 2014, specializing in training and apprenticeship, health and safety, and labour relations. Pariser graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Geography in 2006, and again in 2007, with a Master’s in Industrial Relations. He also sits on three program advisory committees at Durham, Humber, and George Brown colleges.

Green is the Director of Competitions and Young Women’s Initiatives at Skills Ontario, an organization focusing on encouraging youth to explore and pursue careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Labelled as a trailblazer for women in non-traditional careers, Green has also achieved various honours and awards and continues to advocate for careers in the skilled trades and technologies.

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