St. Lawrence College hosted Bob Rae and me on Bob’s Skills and Trades tour in January 2012. With us in this picture are Don Young, Dean of Applied Science, and Ian Kilborn, Instructor. We’re in a plumbing classroom and Ian’s students are learning about the hardware needed in a solar hot water system. With the coming demographic shifts, and retiring baby-boomers, well-trained people in the trades will be in demand to help keep our economy working. Kingston is lucky to have St. Lawrence College, a school that is not just training people, but looking at skills needed in the economy of the future.