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Jobs in skilled trades are cool

That’s the message local students in Grades 8 and 10 heard loud and clear at Epic Jobs on May 17 in Brantford.

Superstars in 4 industries shared their success stories and enthusiasm with about 1,100 area students at Epic Jobs, a day-long event held inside and outside of Galaxy Cinemas Brantford.

A number of local companies, trainers and colleges were on hand to talk about what they do.

Epic Jobs was designed to inspire students to explore new career pathways, in skilled trades, manufacturing, hospitality and other fields, though hands-on, interactive exhibits.

Epic Jobs was a joint venture between the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, Grand Erie District School Board, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and many other community partners. This project is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Epic Job Superstar Speakers

Photo of Chef Cory Vitiello

Cory Vitiello is a Brantford-born award-winning chef & star of Food Network’s Chef in Your Ear.
Vitiello is considered a culinary star on the hot and competitive Toronto food scene, having earned acclaim from food critics and being profiled in numerous publications.
Vitiello started cooking out of his parent’s Brantford kitchen at age 15, then attended the Stratford Chef School, and graduated to become an apprentice at Toronto’s well-regarded Saramouche. He later was named Toronto’s best new chef for 2009 and opened successful Toronto restaurants: The Harbord Room, THR & Co., and Flock.

Photo of Emily Chung

Emily Chung is owner of AutoNiche Women’s Auto Repair Service in Toronto and a popular Canadian auto blogger.
Emily launched AutoNiche in 2009 out of frustration with the auto repair business, seeing a need for a repair shop that caters to women.
Emily graduated from university with a degree in psychology and business, but found herself drawn to auto repair. She went back to school as an auto service technician apprentice.
The Toronto resident has appeared on several TV media outlets talking about cars and is a popular auto blogger with the Yummy Mummy Club. She is also a busy speaker, inspiring young women to consider skilled trades.

Jeremy Bout is a filmmaker and host of the innovative Edge Factor video series.
Jeremy is known for pushing the limits, using creativity and digital technology to tell stories that inspire audiences.
Edge Factor produces films that highlight innovative people and teams that create great products that make a difference in people’s lives, from artificial limbs to mountain bike parts.
The popular motivational speaker has inspired students, young people, educators and business leaders to try new things. And Jeremy has promoted challenging careers in advanced manufacturing to a whole new audience.

Jamie McMillian is a ground-breaking female Ironworker from Hamilton, Ontario, who promotes skilled trades to women.
In 2002, Jamie went from being a personal support worker and a server to launching a new career in the male-dominated worlds of ironworking and welding.
Since then, Jamie has been a strong advocate, supporter and mentor for women entering the trades. She launched the Journeyman initiative in 2012 and continues to be an inspiration to others. Jamie is part of KickAss Careers, doing numerous public speaking engagements across North America about the opportunities for women in the trades.

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