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Employers of Excellence

Each year, Trade Winds recognizes a few of the many employers of excellence that have worked with us during the fiscal year. These employers are committed to the hiring, indenturing, and supporting of Indigenous clients in trades occupations. Employers of excellence have employed more than 5 Trade Winds graduates in a trade in a fiscal year.

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Bird Construction

Bird Construction is a leading Canadian general contractor with branches coast to coast and provides construction services to many new and repeat clients. This year Bird celebrates 100 years of construction experience, the Edmonton Bird office focuses on industrial, mechanical, fabrication, and commercial projects in western Canada.

Wrenches and Pliers

KB Industrial Mechanics

KB industrial Mechanics Ltd. is Western Canada’s largest 100% Canadian, Union Millwright only contractors. KBIM has been family owned and operated since the company formed in 1976. Over the years as the company grew, they always ensured that it was on the front edge of technology both in researching new and innovative equipment and more importantly, ongoing training of personnel as well as mentoring the next generation of Millwrights. While being highly inventive with tools and precision, they are able to provide state of the art specialized machines to work better, faster, more accurately and safer.

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Harris Rebar

Harris Rebar is North America's leading fabricator, installer, and distributor of concrete reinforcing steel and related products. Harris Rebar is owned by Nucor, North America's largest producer of rebar and steel products.

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Canadian Power Pac

A single family-owned business founded in 1977, Canadian. Power Pac  remains among the largest Commercial, Institutional and Light Industrial Electrical & Solar Contractors in the Province of Alberta.  Canadian. Power Pac specializes in Educational, Health, Scientific, Transit, Retail and Service facilities which is headed by experienced professionals and backed by a highly  skilled  and  loyal workforce.

GCS Energy Services Ltd. is a full-service contractor, safely executing projects across Western Canada since 1994. With over 20 years of industry experience, they are prepared to deliver exemplary work; safely, on-time, and on budget.


Their spectrum of services includes structural and mechanical, electrical, concrete, civil industrial, aggregate supply and custom crushing, light and heavy hauling, and equipment sales and rentals. They offer substantial construction experience, financial strength, integrity, and commitment to their projects that is supported by a foundation of quality work and an award-winning safety program. GCS Energy Services has a consistent track record of coming through for clients, no matter the size or complexity of the project.

ATCO is a diversified global corporation with investment in the essential services of structures and logistics (workforce and residential housing, innovative modular facilities, construction, site support services, workforce lodging services, facility operations and maintenance, defense operations services, and disaster and emergency management services); utilities (electricity, natural gas transmission and distribution, and international electricity operations); energy infrastructure (electricity and natural gas retail sales); transportation (ports and transportations logistics); and commercial real estate.

Octo Mechanical was formed in 2012 by a group of six highly skilled Millwrights, Machinists and Repair specialists, growing from humble roots to a company with over 50 skilled tradespeople. Their dedicated ownership team has over 150 years of Millwright and on-site machining experience in industries such as oil and gas, mining, power generation, pulp and paper, plastics, food and steelmaking in Western Canada and internationally. Their goal is to provide highly trained and skilled trade workers who are dedicated to providing efficient, high-quality work.

Stanley Construction Ltd (Stanley) is a commercial general contractor that was formed with a mission to provide worry-free construction to Canadians. This can be seen every day in how they treat their customers, employees, the communities they live in, the people they work with and the project sites across Edmonton and area. They have expertise in completing complex renovation projects, construction of innovative structures (including the largest net zero multi-family structure in North America) or any commercial construction project that a customer desires.

AGF Group Inc. specializes in reinforcing steel and post-tensioning. Established by the Glendon family 74 years ago in Eastern Canada, AGF is proud to be known as the first company in the country to specialize in rebar installation.


The family business has built a reputation as the supplier of choice in the construction industry, in Canada and internationally, with over 2,300 employees in 13 countries. AGF truly shines with massive, challenging above-and-below ground projects like subways, wind farms, 40+storey buildings or water treatment-related construction.


AGF has been reinforcing the future and communities since 1948. Without organizations like Trade Winds to Success, we could not be successful in today’s challenging labour market, such programs are essential to the continuity of our industry and our community.

PME Inc. is the civil division of EllisDon Group of Companies. As a civil industrial construction company serving British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, they believe in finding ways to make civil and industrial projects more innovative. Supporting over $20 million in highly specialized equipment for large oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, and power-generation projects, they’ve found that the more pieces of a project they can control, the stronger commitments they can make to their clients and employees when it comes to safety, budget, scheduling and quality on site. PME is committed to inclusive diversity and cultivating long lasting relationships.

Engage with Trade Winds

Engage with Trade Winds

It's a Win-Win-Win Situation

Increasingly, construction companies face a potential shortage of skilled labour and recognize that forming relationships with Indigenous organizations makes good business sense. By working effectively with Trade Winds, employers can directly access a young, rapidly growing, skilled, and readily available pre-apprenticeship work force.

Our Apprenticeship Retention Coordinators work with employers to bridge clients with employment opportunities. Get in touch today!

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