Ambassador Plaque Skills Canada. Photo by Manuel Sousa Photography.

Skills Compétences Canada and Skills Canada Manitoba honoured for their outstanding contribution to the community


n recognition of their outstanding contributions to the planning and organization of two Skills Canada National Competitions, the RBC Convention Centre

recognized Skills Compétences Canada and Skills Canada Manitoba with the induction into its prestigious Ambas- sador Plaque Program. At a reception, the 36th Ambassador Plaque was unveiled

and will join a group of highly distinguished associations and organizations on the Centre’s Wall of Fame, located just inside the York Avenue entrance of the north building. The RBC Convention Centre, in conjunction with the City

of Winnipeg, started the Ambassador Plaque Program in September 1994 to recognize those individuals and groups whose efforts have been integral to bringing conventions and other events to our city. These people, some of whom volunteer their time and services, have a tremendous impact on our city on both a social and economic level. In 2004, Skills Manitoba hosted the Skills Canada Na-

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and care has been a personal driver for him. As a pedorthist specializing in care of dia- betic feet, his career has given him a direct view to how diabetes affects the lives of Winnipeggers, as well as understanding the story our city’s health-care professionals can share. Armed with this knowledge and expe- rience, and alongside other industry leaders such as local diabetes nurse educator Lori Berard, he saw the potential for Winnipeg to once again be the ideal place for a national

conversation on diabetes, and to show the cutting-edge work taking place here. The 2019 Diabetes Canada Professional

Conference will attract an estimated 1,500 attendees to Winnipeg for three days of professional development, education, and networking. Bringing this national confer- ence to Winnipeg is a feather in Scharfstein’s cap, because he knows how valuable these events can be for raising the city’s interna- tional profile, while showcasing our local

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magine yourself here! As the premier event facility in downtown Winnipeg, we have the right space, creative ex-

pertise and dedicated staff to make any event a memorable one. If you are an energetic and reliable team player with a guest experience focus, then we need to talk to you! We are looking for energetic candidates

to join our team in the following positions: Banquet Servers - Banquet Servers

are the crème de la crème of hospitality service. Setting tables, preparing for meal events and concessions, and serving will highlight your positive personality, ener- gy and professional demeanor. A 'Serving it Safe' or “Smart Choice” card is required

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industry knowledge, expertise, and eco- nomic impact. Winnipeg’s passion shines through from

the strong network of partners who can help make national conferences a success, such as Economic Development Winnipeg, Tourism Winnipeg, the RBC Convention Centre, and many more. These groups bring top-shelf experience in preparing convention bids and logistics, and can help local business leaders ensure their national

meeting or conference is a success from start to finish. Sharfstein knows the dividends attracting

large-scale events can bring for Winnipeg, and how out-of-town delegates will often leave with a newfound respect for the city. The Bring It Home program, administered through Economic Development Winnipeg, can help you attract large-scale events, become a city champion, and show off Win- nipeg’s momentum to the world.

tional Competition in Winnipeg for the first time. With its tremendous success as a host city, they were anxious to bid on the event again. But with the growth of the competition, Winnipeg had to wait until the convention centre expan- sion was complete. “We were proud to have the opportunity to host their

national competition again,” said Drew Fisher, president and CEO, RBC Convention Centre. “With our newly ex- panded facility, we now had the space to accommodate their growing needs. Literally every inch of our building was used – from the loading docks to our plaza on York Avenue. We even closed down the street for the first time ever in order to host their opening reception. What a street party that was!” “Thanks to the collective efforts of Maria Pacella, Execu-

tive Director of Skills Canada Manitoba and executive mem- ber Penny McMillan, they became the local champions who helped secure the 2017 national competition that brought

550 competitors in 43 skilled trade competition areas from all 10 provinces and three territories to Winnipeg. Thanks to their efforts and those of the entire host committee, the event was a huge success. We understand there were more than 10,000 attendees, making 2017 the best attended Skills Canada competition ever,” Fisher added. The Skills Canada National Competition is the only na-

tional multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada. In addition to the competition, there is a trade show, a comprehensive series of “try a trade” and technology areas, celebrity events, meetings and a forum on essential skills that are an integral part of any job. Hosting the national competition not only benefits

the city from an economic tourism perspective, but also provided hands-on work experience related to trades and technology and raises awareness about career opportuni- ties for participants.

for this position. Banquet Bartenders - Do you like to be

where all the action is? If you can demon- strate your first class bartending skills and have 'Serving it Safe' or “Smart Choice” for alcohol service certification, you may be just who we're looking for. Excellence in customer service, bar preparation, inven- tory, and post-service clean up are some of the tasks performed by these front-line representatives of the Centre. Cook’s Helper - Your 3+ years of ex-

tensive food/mise en place production experience has led you to Winnipeg's premier event location! Join a team that values efficiency, communication and professionalism.

Banquet Chef – As a leader in the kitch-

en, you will be responsible for supervising culinary groups for events and ensuring guest satisfaction every step of the way. Dish Washer - Creating a high-quality

dining experience requires a full team on the floor. You have 2 years previous ware washing experience, validated "Food Safe" certification, a thorough working knowledge of W.H.M.I.S. and proven su- pervisory skills. Set-Up - This part-time position is ideal

for someone who is willing to work varied shifts (day, evening, nights, weekends). The position is responsible for the set-up and tear-down of equipment and furnish- ings for events. Candidate must be physi-

cally fit and be able to lift heavy objects in a safe manner. Set-up experience in the hospitality/event industry is preferable. We offer a comprehensive compensa-

tion package which may include group insurance benefits, a pension plan, com- petitive wages as well as flexible work arrangements. To apply, send your resume and cov-

er letter to or apply online at The RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

considers all applicants applying for employment without regard to race, col- our, creed, ancestry, origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, or any other protected status.

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