Gord King, Provincial Competition Coordinator

Standing outside of the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. 

 

1) When did you begin working with Skills Canada Alberta (SCA)?

September 2013

2) How did you first get involved with Skills Canada Alberta?

I started working with SCA in the fall of 2013 as the Project Coordinator and transitioned to Provincial Competition Coordinator in the spring of 2016. 

3) What is your role with Skills Canada Alberta, and what types of programs would some of our Skills followers be communicating with you about?

As part of the SCA team, I share a wide range of responsibilities to support all programming that is offered throughout the year. However, as the Provincial Competition Coordinator, the majority of my time is dedicated to the organization and execution of the flagship event, the Provincial Skills Canada Competition. Working with our Provincial Technical Committees, I organize and secure all logistical requirements for each independent contest area. This includes, but is not limited to: floorplans, tools, equipment, material, utilities, and transportation requirements. 

4) What has been one of your best memories/experiences while working with Skills Canada Alberta?

My favourite part of the job is organizing the trip for Team Alberta to go to the Skills Canada National Competition, which is hosted in a different city on an annual basis. I have been lucky enough to make countless memories by accompanying the team to four national competitions. Lunch at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto, staff dinner at Bon Temps in Saskatoon, eating lobster at Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, and an epic scavenger hunt around the Forks in Winnipeg are just a few of the highlights from the past few years! 

5) What is your favourite thing about working with Skills Canada Alberta?

I love the events. Sharing in the energy the students, volunteers, and spectators bring to the Provincial, National, and International competitions is hard to beat!

6) Tell us one fun fact about yourself. 

I love live music! A majority of my vacation time is spent going to various music festivals and concerts around the world. Most recently, I have planned a trip to follow Dead and Company (The Grateful Dead) around Texas during their 2017 fall tour. 

7) If you could learn any trade or technology, which one would it be and why?

My favourite thing to do at home is to play around in the kitchen.  If I were to go back to school and focus on a trade it would be Culinary Arts.  I would be very interested in learning the pro tips and tricks to take my cooking skills to the next level!