Skills Canada NWT is a registered charity with a mission to promote careers in skilled trades and technology to northern youth. We pursue this mission through community-based skills clubs, youth conferences, skills competitions, as well as other events focused on trades and technology. Our goal is to offer increased programming and larger events across the territory. We hope to reach students in every community in the NWT so that they can have the opportunity to explore careers in skilled trades and technology. 

Skills Canada NWT is supported by several dedicated partners in both government and industry. We share with these partners, a commitment to youth, and a desire to provide them with exciting career options. We are very grateful to our incredible partners, sponsors and volunteers who help us to achieve our goals.

Ali is a lifelong Northerner. She grew up in Yellowknife and is a graduate of École St. Patrick High School. After completing high school, Ali attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication.

Since moving back to Yellowknife in 2004, Ali has worked in the field of education and training and program development.

Email her directly at ali@skillscanadanwt.org
Teresa grew up in the surrounding areas of Winnipeg, Manitoba. New to the north, Teresa recently relocated to Yellowknife with her husband and daughter.

Previously in the Health Care field, Teresa has redirected her studies to align more with her passions for creating and organizing opportunities to benefit communities. Over the last few years Teresa has worked in Program and Events Administration for organizations similar to Skills Canada, creating opportunities for youth to explore and develop career paths in Skilled Trades and Technologies. As someone who has made a career change herself she understands the importance of access to hands on experiences in career training- especially for youth.

Currently, Teresa is completing a Bachelor Degree in Business Management with Athabasca University and looks forward to continuing her work creating and organizing events and programs for Skills Canada NWT.

Email her directly at teresa@skillscanadanwt.org
Blake is 24 years old, and was born and raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. A recent graduate of Academy Canada and College of the North Atlantic, he recently relocated with his girlfriend to Yellowknife to join the Skills Canada NWT team. With friends and previous colleagues who are involved in the skilled trade and technology field, and growing up with a father who started his own business as a Electronics Technician with a great deal of networking experience, Blake understands the importance of career exposure at a young age.

With friends that competed and won gold in past Skills Canada competitions, he looks forward to working with Ali and Teresa to bring the same level of excitement, and promoting similar opportunities to Northern youth.

Email him directly at blake@skillscanadanwt.org



Travis Stewart


Travis has been the Food Sciences teacher at École Sir John Franklin High School for the last 4 years.  He is a Journeyperson Cook and has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Winnipeg.

Travis has been involved with Skills Canada for the last 7 years, starting as a coach and Technical Chair for the Cooking competition at the Territorial Skills Competition.  He is now the National Technical Committee representative for the Northwest Territories at the Skills Canada National Competition in the Cooking trade.  

Krystal Pidborochynski

Vice President

Krystal’s journey with Skills Canada began almost 15 years ago when she first competed in the TV/Video competition at École Sir John Franklin High School. She fell in love with the program instantly.

 Over the years, Krystal continued to participate with Skills events in any way that she could. Locally, she’s volunteered at events hosted by Skills Canada NWT, has been a judge for the TV & Video Production competition, and has been an active member on the board of directors on and off over the past 10 years – only taking a break while she has pursued post-secondary studies. 


Lee Sacrey


Coming soon!


Angela Littlefair


Angela is the Manager of Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification (AOC) for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment with the Government of the Northwest Territories She is responsible for providing strategic direction and advice for the training, evaluation and certification of northerners to meet labour marked demand in accordance with the federal and territorial legislation. She manages research, program planning and development and evaluation of apprenticeship and occupational certification programs and industrial skills training strategies in the NWT. She works closely with Career Development Officers in regional ECE Service Centres in support of apprenticeship and occupational certification programs as well as working with subject matter experts from industry to facilitate the development of Interprovincial Red Seal and evaluation and the maintenance of national examination production and data management systems.


Mark Bond


Mark has been working at Dominion Diamond’s Ekati Mine for over 16 years. He completed his Journeyman Red Seal Millwright Certification and later moved into maintenance planning and scheduling roles before his current position as Senior Maintenance Advisor.
After 3 years of judging the Millwright Skills competition Mark took on the role of Tech Chair which he has been doing for the past 7 years. Mark’s passion for working with youth has also brought him to 5
National Competitions as a coach and technical advisor for Team NWT Apprentices.


Sudhir Jha


As Manager of Community Infrastructure Planning for Municipal and Community Affairs – GNWT, Sudhir supports community government in planning, development, implementation and management of community public infrastructure. He has introduced several new initiatives in community infrastructure asset management. Sudhir has worked as a civil engineer in Canada’s North for the past 10 years. He managed many engineering projects from conception to final completion in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot Region when working with the Government of Nunavut.

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Kyle Wilson


Kyle has been involved with the northern construction trades and living in the north for the last 16 years. He is a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter as well as a Gold Seal Superintendent and has completed all of his training in the NWT. He was provided the opportunity of an apprenticeship in the north and this has made him passionate about apprenticeships and the opportunities the trades provide to youth. Every year he oversees some prospects fresh out of school and searching for opportunities to advance. Kyle’s first-hand knowledge of the program and the benefits is what motivates him to help the new comers to the trades and to help inspire them to continue their education.


Mike Nolting


Mike has been in the NWT mining industry for 21 years, working his way up from underground to mill supervisor at Con Mine. He has long focused on training, coaching and mentoring, and is a certified Master Instructor through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Until recently, he was the Surface Training Coordinator at De Beers Canada’s Snap Lake Mine; in September 2014 he joined Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation as Training Superintendent. 

Mike was born in Germany but raised in Yellowknife, where he has lived for most of the last 44 years. Mike also sits on the Board of the Mine Training Society and the Apprenticeship Trades and Occupation Certification Board (ATOCB).


Don Reid


Coming soon!