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Landry Award winners are promoters of skills training

Toronto, ON -- The Yves Landry Foundation's 2003 Awards of Excellence will recognize four individuals from Canadian...


August 4, 2003
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — The Yves Landry Foundation’s 2003 Awards of Excellence will recognize four individuals from Canadian business and industry when they are presented at the fourth annual STARS Gala on November 13, 2003 in Toronto.

The awards recognize those individuals and businesses that best exemplify the vision of the late Yves Landry, chairman, president and CEO of Chrysler Canada (1990-1998), of forging a link between business, education and government, and promoting technological education and skills training in order to address the upcoming shortages that industry will be facing with apprenticeships and skilled labour.

The Awards of Excellence recipients include: Person of the Year — A. Charles Baillie, past chairman and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group, Toronto; Company of the Year — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., Cambridge, Ont.; Program of the Year — Moulding Youth for Industry, a joint venture between Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA).

CAPC (Canadian Automotive Partnership Council) will also be recognized at the 2003 STARS Gala, for addressing, on a continuous basis, the key competitive issues facing the automotive industry in Canada.


In addition to these awards, the Yves Landry Foundation will also be presenting nine academic awards (high school, college and university levels) to recipients who have demonstrated technological innovation and excellence. Each of these awards is sponsored by a corporate patron, including CIBC; ABC Group; Burlington Technologies Inc.; DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc.; Linamar Corporation; The Woodbridge Group; Magna International Inc.; Shell Canada Limited; and, Wescast Industries Inc.


Person of the Year: A. Charles Baillie, past chairman and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group.

As chairman and CEO of TD Bank Financial Group, Mr. Baillie launched a challenge in 2001 to all Canadians to exceed the American standard of living within 15 years. Raising Canada’s standard of living, he argued, would be a means to protect and enhance the distinct facets of Canadian culture, including the health care system, education and the environment.

In a speech entitled “Seizing the Moment Creating Canada’s Future” given at the CanWin conference in August 2002, Mr. Baillie talked about the importance of education to the country’s future and the cooperation that government and the private sector should strive for.

“Government is dealing with the supply of education, but there is no sense increasing the number of skilled people if there are no jobs available. Business needs to take a longer-term view of the kind of labour force we need and to collaborate with academia to create the right supply/demand balance. Education is not just good economic policy. It’s also the best social policy. If we make our education system the best in the developed world, it can become a major earner of export dollars.”

In the fall of 2002, Mr. Baillie convened the TD Forum on the Canadian Standard of Living, that brought together more than 40 leaders in business, academia, government, labour and the not-for-profit sector to develop practical steps to help Canada raise its standard of living above that of the United States.

In his opening address to the TD Forum, Mr. Baillie summed up his reasoning behind his standard of living challenge by saying “I believe there is a new hopefulness and a new resolve in Canada. Second best is no longer good enough. We are ready to go for gold. Making this great nation’s standard of living outstrip the United States is not a macho desire for numeric supremacy. It is an imperative if we are to protect the quality of life that makes this country the Canada that we love.”

Company of the Year: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.

Accepting on behalf of ATS will be Klaus Woerner, founder, president and CEO. ATS, under the leadership of Mr. Woerner, has made a strong commitment to developing leading-edge technology, creating a stimulating work environment for employees, creating excellent value in the products provided to our customers, rewarding hard work and dedication, developing strong customer relationships by servicing their needs, a willingness to take on major challenges, and a lean management structure.

ATS has developed a highly skilled workforce, necessary for success in a knowledge-based, customer service industry. ATS started its apprenticeship training program in 1981 and continually hires and trains apprentices. Since 1998 ATS have trained 142 apprentices in their facilities located in Cambridge, Ontario.

Program of the Year: Moulding Youth for Industry.

Accepting on behalf of the CTMA will be Les Payne, president of the association. Moulding Youth for Industry is partially funded through the Youth Internship Canada (YIC) initiative, currently being conducted successfully in Waterloo, Ont., and Windsor, Ont. The initiative addresses the skills shortage in the precision metal cutting industries and youth employment.

The 40 week pre-apprenticeship training program provides 20 weeks of classroom/machine shop instruction, followed by 20 weeks of industrial work experience, after which successful students may be registered as Apprentices in a related field.