(New: Contact for information about Virtual Keynotes)
Job Talks Executive Director Dr. Jon Callegher is a Skilled Trades speaker who delivers dynamic keynotes based on Job Talks research for industry associations across the United States and Canada.
A thoughtful yet highly energetic speaker, Jon will hold your audience’s attention from start to finish, inspiring them to deeply reflect, ask questions, laugh, and tweet.
Keynotes are based on Job Talks research and can be customized based on your conference theme. Job Talks can also assist in your event’s promotion through our social media channels.
Jon has a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Waterloo. He has appeared on radio and TV, sharing his research on the Skilled Trades, the Construction Industry and others areas of work. Contact for booking info.
Roofers Union 30th Annual Convention | Tropicana, Las Vegas, "How Attract and Retain Young People to the Roofing Industry"
BC Construction Safety Alliance, Health & Safety Conference | Vancouver, 2023. Photo Credit: @kasselmancreative
Brantford Brant Chamber of Commerce | Brantford, ON, 2023, "How to Attract and Retain Youth to the Skilled Trades"
Upper Grand District School Board | Virtual Parent Night Keynote, 2023
Thames Valley District School Board + London District Catholic School Board, London, ON, 2023 | Parent Evening Keynote
Concrete Ontario Annual Convention | Toronto, 2023, "How to Attract and Retain Youth to the Construction Industry"
Host and Moderator, Women in Trades Event | Toronto Catholic District School Board, 2023
Keynote Address to International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Executive Council | Miami, Florida, 2023
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Parent Night | Virtual Keynote, 2023
YRDSB Grade 7/8 Virtual Keynote to 100+ classrooms (3,000+ students) | York Region, ON 2023
6th Annual Women In Manufacturing Success Forum | Keynote Speaker, 2023
Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association 50th Annual Conference | 2023 Keynote
Opening Keynote "How to Attract and Retain Young People to the Skilled Trades" IFEBP Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Ed. Annual Meeting | San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2023
District School Board of Niagara | Parent Night Keynote and Panel Moderation, 2023
IFEBP Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Ed. Annual Meeting | San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2023
Moderator, "Crushing Barriers to the Skilled Trades" with TV Host Sebastian Clovis, Top Chef Siobhan Detkavich & RBC Olympian Sam Effah | Skills Canada, 2022
5 Great Great Reasons for Career in the Trades | Virtual Keynote, 2022
LCDSB Parent Night | Virtual Keynote 2021
TDSB Parent Night w/ Jamie McMillan, Toronto, ON | 2020 Keynote
Job Talks Construction Video Launch | Toronto, ON | 2020 Keynote
Ontario Road Builders' Association Annual Convention | Toronto, ON | 2020
ORBA Hiring Ahead of the Curve Panel | Toronto, ON | 2020
Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association Annual Conference | Calgary, Alberta | 2019 Keynote
Fanshawe SCWI Breakfast Forum | London, ON | 2019 Keynote
IFEBP Canadian Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA | 2019
YouthConnect 2019 Panel, CivicAction | Toronto, ON
Toronto District School Board Experiential Learning PD Day, Toronto, ON | 2019 Keynote
Retaining Employees in the Skilled Trades - Report Launch, Toronto, ON | 2019
School-College Work Initiative Annual Symposium, Toronto, ON | 2019 Keynote
Parent Night for Durham District School Board, Durham, ON | 2019 Keynote
Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) National Conference, Montreal, QC | 2018 Keynote
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) National Conference, Victoria, BC | 2018
OCEA Spring Conference, Toronto, ON | 2018
Ontario Cooperative Education Association Spring Conference, Toronto, ON | 2018
STEP to Construction Annual Stakeholder Meeting, Toronto, ON | 2019
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Forum Annual Symposium, Thunder Bay, ON | 2018 Keynote
Retaining Employees in the Skilled Trades (REST) Stakeholders Meeting, Toronto, ON | 2018
Host: Social Innovation Panel, George Brown College Applied Research Day | 2018
Announcement: Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) National Conference, Victoria, BC | 2018
Luncheon Keynote: Conference Board of Canada 5th Skills and Postsecondary National Conference, Toronto, ON | 2017