Upskilling for a stronger economy

Building An Inclusive, Globally Competitive Canada

We help Canada’s most innovative companies access untapped talent and fill high-demand roles through upskilling. Our vision is a Canada where all people and organizations thrive as the result of a globally competitive and inclusive economy.


Making an impact

Amplifying The Boundless Potential Of People.

With the right support, Canadians can adapt, upskill and transition into meaningful careers in growing industries. At Palette Skills, we’re committed to helping Canadian companies compete globally while ensuring that Canadians continue to prosper now and in the future.

How we work

Upskilling Canadians For Growing Industries

Ensuring innovative companies find the talent they need and helping people find meaningful employment are two sides of the same strategy. At Palette Skills, our mission is to help Canada’s most innovative companies access untapped talent by creating rapid upskilling opportunities that result in new pipelines of talent for high demand roles.

Have a question?

Frequently Asked Questions

YES! We’re always looking for opportunities to collaborate to solve challenging problems around upskilling and the economy. Got an idea? Email us to set up a call with our Stakeholder Relations team – Sean Zohar, Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Our resource centre has the latest thinking from us on key research issues in the area of skills and workforce development. To browse the resource center click here.

We partner with our member institutions, industry partners and associations, government, research groups and companies to identify in-demand skills and industries and to develop programs. Visit our Partners page to learn more about working with us!

We partner with growing businesses, associations, colleges, universities, economic development group, research groups and other non-profits. We’re open to working with any other organization committed to upskilling, diversity and to building a stronger, more inclusive Canada.

We currently have a involved diverse Board of Directors and 11 founding members, including the Business Council of Canada, Council of Canadian Innovators, Business Council of British Columbia, Brookfield Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, University of Guelph, Université Laval, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto.

At Palette Skills we’re deeply committed to fostering a more equitable, prosperous and resilient innovation economy, through our programs and research. This means working with all of our partners to call-out bias and work to remove systemic hiring barriers when we see it. Internally, we believe deeply in inclusion and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills and cultivating a work environment where all employees are respected and supported to meet their greatest potential. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

To date, we’ve upskilled over 120 participants, most from Southern Ontario. Get to know our grads and read their amazing amazing stories on our Alumni page.

We currently design, develop and deliver programs in the high demand areas of B2B sales and advanced cybersecurity. We are actively exploring new programming to address key sector specific challenges in the areas of agri-tech, supply chain management, advanced manufacturing and fin-tech. Want to find out more and/or collaborate?

Email us to set up a call with our Stakeholder Relations team – Sean Zohar, Stakeholder Engagement Lead

We are a national non-profit funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Province of Ontario.


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