Mountainview Attends Trades and Tech Fest at E. L. Crossley

A thousand teenagers investigated careers in construction.

An article posted on captured the excitement of The second annual Trades and Tech Fest held at E. L. Crossley on Thursday, November 23. The event drew a huge crowd of teens from regional high schools eager to investigate career and post-secondary options.

In addition to E. L. Crossley, six other District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) secondary schools — Westlane from Niagara Falls, Thorold, Sir Winston from St. Catharines, Port Colborne High, Centennial, and Eastdale from Welland — attended the event, plus students from a local elementary school.

Nick, a Grade 12 student from Thorold High, is involved with the DSBN’s Homebuild Program, in conjunction with Mountainview Homes.

“We’re building a home in Fonthill, and I’m learning carpentry and construction skills as a co-op student,” he said. “Seven guys and one girl are currently involved, overseen by two teachers. I’m learning how to frame a house, using both a hammer and industrial nail gun. I really enjoyed it, and can see construction as a personal career path.”

In addition to local trade and technology companies, a number of community colleges were on hand to promote their programs.

To read the article in full, please visit: It was a Tradespalooza at E. L. Crossley -

About the author: Don Rickers 

A life-long Niagara resident, Don Rickers worked for 35 years in university and private school education, with a focus on enrollment management, international student marketing, and community relations. He segued into journalism in his retirement with the Voice of Pelham, an award-winning weekly newspaper with a print and online presence. Don holds a masters degree in education from Brock University, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

By Mountainview Building Group | Dec 1st , 2023 | Categories: In The Community