Virtual Public Consultation Event & ADSB Advisory Committee
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Members of the public, interested individuals and/or businesses were invited to an online Public Consultation event 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).
At the online Public Consultation event, preliminary designs of the ADSB Technology Centre were shared and the role of the Advisory Committee was clarified. On hand at the event were 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, was 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 was 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.