Nominations for the first inductees to the Trades Hall of Fame will open in early 2020. All Albertans are encouraged to consider nominating someone who has made a lasting impact in the trades.

“I am pleased to announce that we are delivering on another important commitment to Albertans. The creation of a Trades Hall of Fame will honour Albertan tradespeople who have made a difference in our province. Many of the most important innovations in our economy have been created by tradespeople. A Trades Hall of Fame is also a key part of our effort to create a parity of esteem between the trades and other professions. It is another piece of our comprehensive Skills for Jobs agenda that is designed to encourage more young Albertans to pursue apprenticeship learning.

Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education

Minister Nicolaides will appoint a panel of experts who will review and, based on criteria, select the first inductees to the new Alberta Trades Hall of Fame. Inaugural inductees will be named in late spring.

“An apprenticeship education and experience often begins in high school. Thanks to our province’s trades professionals, students can follow a passion and choose hands-on learning to prepare for a bright future. I applaud the many talented men and women who share their skills every day and guide the workers of tomorrow.”

 Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

Albertans will be asked to nominate people who have been instrumental in ensuring the success and growth of skilled trades and apprenticeships across the province.

“Our government values the skills that apprentices and tradespeople bring to the workplace. Tradespeople build this province every day, both through their work and through their mentorship and teaching. We recognize and celebrate the role Alberta’s tradespeople play in helping to develop the next generation of skilled workers who will be the backbone of our recovering economy.”

Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

“It is important that we recognize what we value. The Alberta Trades Hall of Fame will celebrate and recognize the important contributions of Albertans who have quite literally built our province, and those vital individuals who have invested in their communities and built the next generation of skilled tradespeople who have and will continue to strengthen our province.”

j’Amey Bevan, chair, Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade Board

The inaugural citations will honour the men and women who have significantly contributed to supporting trades that helped build the foundation of our economy.

Quick facts

  • Initially, the Alberta Trades Hall of Fame will recognize inductees through a Government of Alberta website. Long-term plans are underway to develop a more permanent physical space to showcase the accomplishments of Alberta’s skilled trades professionals.
  • The awards will honour selected recipients from the apprenticeship and trades professional community who have demonstrated such actions/qualities as:
    • committing to the advancement and improvement of apprenticeship education
    • making a meaningful impact in their community and Alberta
    • being a role model for excellence and service to raise the profile of apprenticeship education
    • working to change people’s perception of apprenticeship as a valuable form of post-secondary education
    • showing a lifelong commitment to the improvement, promotion and involvement of young people in apprenticeship education; and/or
    • making an exceptional contribution by improving access to apprenticeship for the youth of Alberta
  • Developing an Alberta Trades Hall of Fame is part of government’s robust Skills for Jobs agenda, which also includes nearly $20 million in increased funding to support and enhance skilled trades and apprenticeship education.

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