Safety Innovation Showdown

Student Pitch Competition

Are you ready to shape the future of the skilled trades industry? Skilled trade workers are vital contributors to our economy, playing a crucial role in constructing the foundations of our communities. From installing plumbing and electrical systems to managing construction projects, their work directly impacts community well-being and safety.

However, the strength and resilience of the skilled trades industry rely on safety. As the industry pushes forward in prioritizing safety, we believe students can become the future architects of safer workplaces and advocates for workplace safety. This is your opportunity to make a difference, stand out, and drive positive change in the industry.


Registration deadline (extended): March 1st, 2024. The competition ends March 15, 2024. All entries must be submitted by this date.


About the Safety Innovation Showdown Competition

We’re challenging trades students to design solutions that will revolutionize safety in the skilled trades. From innovative protective gear to advanced training methods and equipment enhancements, the possibilities are boundless. We’re looking for ideas that exemplify innovative and outside-the-box thinking— proposals that can transform job sites and every aspect of the trades for the better.

To participate in the competition, participants, in teams of a maximum of 5 or individuals, must submit a 5–10-page or 5–10-minute video proposal outlining their innovative solutions to revolutionize safety in the skilled trades. The submission should include the following elements:

  • Project Overview: Briefly introduce the problem or challenge related to safety in the skilled trades that the solution aims to address, and clearly state the objectives and proposed solutions.
  • Description of Innovation: Provide a detailed explanation of the proposed solution.
  • Technical Details: If applicable, include technical specifications, design schematics, or any relevant technical details that illustrate how the solution will work.
  • Implementation Plan: While we don’t expect a fully-fledged prototype, we ask that you provide an overview of how you foresee this idea being brought to life. For example, who could you collaborate with? Are there any potential timelines and resource requirements? This overview will help us understand the practicality and viability of your innovative concept.
  • Benefits: Clearly articulate how the proposed solution benefits not only the workers but employers, the industry, and the community more broadly.
  • Team information: Provide information about the team members, including their backgrounds, skills, and contributions to the project.

Candidate selection

All submissions will be reviewed by our panel of judges. Of those selections, 10 will be chosen for a live presentation in front of our judging panel. From those 10, the top 3 will be awarded with the following prizes:

1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


Why participate?

  • Contribute to a Safer Tomorrow: Your ideas will contribute to the collective effort of building a safer tomorrow in the skilled trades.
  • Enhance Your Resume: Showcase your problem-solving abilities, creativity, and commitment to the trades, making your resume stand out in a competitive job market.
  • National Recognition: Earn well-deserved national recognition within the college and institutes sector for your invaluable contribution.


Registration deadline (extended): March 1st, 2024. The competition ends March 15, 2024. All entries must be submitted by this date.

Up to the challenge? Register now.

This competition is a collaborative effort between Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and Mark’s Commercial.

Mark’s Commercial is dedicated to supporting the next generation of skilled trade innovators and workers by investing in unique opportunities for students to showcase their safety innovations and technologies. Our focus on investing in cutting-edge technology and prioritizing health and safety contributes to the creation of a culture of safety advocacy. By empowering and encouraging tomorrow’s innovators today, we have the confidence to secure a bright future for the industry and the talented individuals driving it forward. We remain committed to our mission of fostering growth, innovation, and safety in the trades, and we look forward to continuing these efforts for years to come.

Learn more about our partnership.

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