A highly skilled workforce is the only sustainable competitive advantage employers have. In a world increasingly short of skilled workers, Alberta employers also have to learn to optimize their operations with an increasingly diversified workforce serving an equally diversified clientele.
It is both a competitive necessity and a human imperative to help ensure every individual can maximize their contribution to their enterprise and their community. AWES is Alberta’s answer to ensure that every employee is equipped with the skills at the foundation of all other workplace learning and advancement. AWES provides services to individual employees, employers, and industry associations, and we encourage you to view AWES as a strategic partner for human resource development for every worksite.
AWES is directed by a volunteer Board of representatives of business, labour, and government to ensure the organization is connected, current, and relevant to the needs of Alberta workplaces. The AWES Board would welcome your interest in getting involved.
Brad Bent, Director of Training for the CLAC, comes to AWES with many years of Labour Relations experience, managing a large training business that encompasses trades training, health & safety courses, apprenticeships, pre-employment and aboriginal programming, as well as the service sectors and new immigrants to Canada. Brad sees the need for workplace essential skills throughout the many work sectors in Alberta, and is committed to working with AWES to see Alberta’s workforce trained, safe, and successful.
Ray Massey joined the AWES board in September 2010 and brings a business perspective to AWES as the owner of a successful Calgary painting operation. In addition, Ray is the chair of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board. He is committed to finding pathways for the underserved population of Alberta to explore opportunities and find the tools to succeed.
It was under Carolyn’s visionary leadership that AWES was founded in 1989, along with committee champions from business, labour, education and government. Carolyn came on as President of the Board in October 2011, after retiring from the Language Training, Immigration Policy and Programs Branch of Human Services.
D’Arcy joined AWES in September 2010 and brings additional government expertise as a Director in the Policy Evaluation and Collaboration branch, in the Ministry of Labour. D’Arcy has been working with Literacy and Essential Skills initiatives for over 25 years.
Heidi is the Director of Government and External Relations for the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association (ARHCA). She has been working with ARHCA’s members and industry stakeholders for many years on workforce development, recruitment, training, and professional development initiatives. These include the TradeUp Alberta consortium, the Roadbuilder Certificate Program at NAIT, and the Heavy Equipment Operator Program at Olds College, and the Roadbuilder Safety Training Program (RSTS).
For over 19 years Ms. Holroyd has worked in the industrial construction and maintenance industry. She holds a trade certificate with an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal endorsement in the Boilermaker trade, an Achievement in Business Competencies Program (Blue Seal) certificate and a Masters degree of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University.
j’Amey Holroyd began her term as Chair of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board in May 2016. She is an active member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 146 and has served on multiple boards and committees to enhance and advocate for continuous learning, supportive work environments and trade mastery.
Ms. Holroyd recognizes that apprenticeship is the foundation on which many careers and economic stability is built and therefore it is there that she has chosen to direct the bulk of her passion and dedication.
Marilynn has been involved with the food processing industry for many years. Her work career encompassed 34 years of working for the Alberta government in various roles in Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and Alberta Employment and Immigration. During the years with the Alberta government, she developed many programs and services for food processors and was a strong advocate for business development and agri-food processing. Marilynn joined the Alberta Food Processors Association in March, 2014 as President of the association. She is very pleased to be back working with and supporting the food industry. She sees great potential for industry growth and is very passionate about finding creative solutions to barriers to industry growth.
Cindy started working in the field of employment initiatives with the Alberta government in the early 90s. She became interested in the language and cultural barriers faced by immigrants trying to find jobs in Alberta. Since completing Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) training at the University of Alberta, she has designed and taught curricula in Canada and abroad, aiming to increase the workplace and language skills of people whose first language is not English.
In 2004, Cindy completed the HRSDC Essential Skills Certificate and continues to work on employment access by combining best practices in essential skills methodology and materials development with English as a second language pedagogy.