Learn more about ADSB’s Trades and Technology Advisory Committee at upcoming Public Consultation Event


Members of the public, interested individuals and/or businesses are invited to an online Public
Consultation event at 6:00pm on December 8th, to learn about the Algoma District School
Board’s (ADSB) Advisory Committee which is being established to support the promotion and
development of the skilled trades, technology, learning environments and student engagement.

The mandate of the Advisory Committee, consisting of national and local industry experts, will be to advise, consult and support initiatives that will include renovations and new construction. The Board is excited that the Committee’s inaugural undertaking will be to help design, renovate and refurbish the existing technical shops at White Pines Collegiate & Vocational School. The completed project will feature a new, state-of-the-art ADSB Technology Centre, capable of delivering traditional and cutting-edge technology and programming. The project will also feature a high-profile promotion of trades and technology to all students and the community through a partnership with The Holmes Group (THG).

Left to right Mike Holmes Jr, Mike Holmes and Sherry Holmes of The Holmes Group

On December 8th, at the online Public Consultation event, preliminary designs of the ADSB Technology Centre will be shared and the role of the Advisory Committee will be clarified. On hand at the event will be representatives from IDEA Inc (Integrated Design Engineering +
Architecture), who, through a competitive process, have been selected as the prime
architectural and engineering services firm, and SalDan Developments who was the successful applicant as the Construction Manager, in partnership with The Holmes Group. Also joining the event remotely, will be skilled trades champion Mike Holmes and representatives from The Holmes Group.

Aiming to provide opportunities for students at younger ages and recognizing that skilled trades shortages are being experienced by many industries, ADSB is proactively seeking industry leaders and local community stakeholders to provide their input and to share their expertise, data and initiatives that promote the skilled trades. The local feedback will be combined with international expertise with representatives from manufacturing giants Bosch
Thermotechnology, Panasonic, Eaton Electrical along with safety and mental wellness
training from Headversity. The Committee will provide joint recommendations that blend local
and national considerations for programming and design innovation.

The Public Consultation event is ADSB’s invitation to the community and local stakeholders to
share their comments, feedback and questions around design features of skilled trades’ learning environments and innovative ways to engage students to participate in and value careers in the skilled trades.

To join this event on Wednesday, December 8th, visit the ADSB website at www.adsb.on.ca
where a link for the Live Event will be available in the coming days. The event begins at 6pm on December 8th and it is suggested that participants join a few minutes before that. An online feedback form is also available on the ADSB website now, where questions and comments can be submitted prior to, during and after the December 8th event, (until 4pm on December 15, 2021).