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J.D. Irving Group of Companies Join as Premier Sponsor for the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition

J.D. Irving Group of Companies, have signed on as a Premier Sponsor at Canada's only national, multi-trade and technology event for skilled trade and technology students and apprentices in Moncton, NB, on June 5-8, 2016.

OTTAWA, April 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), a not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies, is proud to announce J.D. Irving Group of Companies is confirmed as a Premier Sponsor of the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC).

SCC is pleased to welcome J.D. Irving Group of Companies as a Premier Sponsor of SCNC 2016. They will be providing lumber and hardware tools and accessories for numerous competition areas at SCNC through Kent Building Supplies. In addition they will also provide shipping services within the province from various colleges to the competition through Midland transport at no charge. Their generous support will enable SCC to better promote careers in skilled trades and technologies through SCNC.

"The contribution by the J.D. Irving Group of Companies is going to greatly assist us in having a successful Skills Canada National Competition. This event is a great opportunity for industry partners to meet the youth that will be tomorrow's workforce and inform them of the many career opportunities that will be available to them", says Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer, Skills/Compétences Canada.

From June 5-8, 2016, industry, government, labour representatives, educators and youth will gather in Moncton where over 550 secondary and post-secondary students will compete in more than 40 skilled trade and technology contests.  It is an important event that attracts young career-seekers, employers, educators, and industry associations, and helps showcase the many opportunities available in the skilled trade and technology sectors.

"J.D. Irving, Limited is proud to sponsor the Skills/Compétences Canada 2016 National Competition. We value the significant contributions of our skilled trades and technical employees. They help keep our operations running smoothly every day," said Robert K. Irving, Co-Chief Executive Officer of J.D. Irving, Limited. "Showcasing the variety of skilled trades to our young people is critical to ensure the continued development of our workforce. We look forward to hosting this national competition in Greater Moncton. It will allow our New Brunswick youth to learn more about the opportunities available to them."

About J.D. Irving, Limited

Proudly headquartered in New Brunswick, J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) has operations in Canada and the United States. We are a team of 15,000 dedicated employees, with business units in:

•Construction & Equipment 
•Consumer Products 
•Forestry & Forestry Products 
•Retail & Distribution 
•Shipbuilding & Industrial Fabrication 
•Transportation & Logistics

Since our inception over 130 years ago, our employees continue to build JDI into a diverse group of performance-driven enterprises.

We are actively engaged with valued university and community college partners where we are proud to live and work.  And to date have devoted over 65,000 volunteer hours as part of our internationally award-winning Partners Assisting Local Schools (PALS) program.

Between 2016 and 2018 we are forecasting the hiring of 7900 new employees across our diverse operations. Join One Company - Grow Your Career with Many.

SOURCE Skills/Compétences Canada  

For further information: Michèle Rogerson,, T. 613-266-4771