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Team Canada’s ‘Great 38’ ready to take centre stage at WorldSkills Calgary 2009

Gatineau, QC -- Skills/Compétences Canada, a national not-for-profit organization that actively promote...

Human Resources

August 31, 2009
By MRO Magazine

Gatineau, QC — Skills/Compétences Canada, a national not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades, reports that Team Canada, also known as the ‘Great 38’, along with trainers, industry experts and delegates, will participate in the 40th WorldSkills Competition that takes place from September 1 to 7, 2009.


Team Canada will compete against more than 900 competitors from 51 WorldSkills International Member countries/regions in Olympic-style team and individual competitions within specialized skilled trade and technology categories.



“We are very proud of the hard work and training Team Canada has undertaken over the last year,” said Shaun Thorson, executive director, Skills/Compétences Canada. “They are confident and prepared to compete alongside the best skilled trade and technology students and apprentices from around the world. With support and encouragement from the Government of Canada, industry leaders and educators, these talented young individuals represent the future of Canada’s skilled trade and technology workforce, and we couldn’t be more proud.”


This will be Canada’s tenth participation in a WorldSkills Competition, which takes place every two years and brings together the world’s brightest in skilled trades and technology. This is the largest team Canada has sent, with 38 competitors in the competition. The Team Canada members will participate in 35 of the 45 skills categories. At the last WorldSkills Competition, held in Japan in 2008, Canada won six medals, eight international competency certificates and the Albert Vidal Award for the Competitor that achieves the overall highest score out of all competitors in all skill categories.


“Our government encourages those considering a career in the skilled trades by providing apprenticeship grants for eligible apprentices,” said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “Team Canada and their fellow competitors at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 represent the future. Our country needs to prepare now for an economic recovery and the increasing skills shortages that are expected to come with it.”


Team Canada 2009 participants are entered in a wide variety of categories. Here’s a selection of the industrial category entrants.


– Aircraft An aircraft maintenance — Brian Everts, BC. Maintenance technician inspects, services, troubleshoots, removes, installs and repairs aircraft systems.


– Plumbing and Plumbers install water — Brian Martin, ON. Heating drainage and heating pipes for houses and industrial sites. Their tasks can include gas and compressed air pipe installations.


– Electrical/Electrical installers — Craig Spady, AB. Installations manufacture, maintain and repair electrical equipment for houses, industrial sites and power stations.


– Industrial/Industrial controllers Steven Dingwall, AB. Control install conduits, cables, devices, instruments, automated devices and control centre fittings quickly and safely.


– Mechatronics Technicians — Andrew Marcolin, Jamie Feenstra, ON. Build, maintain, repair and program equipment control systems for the automation industry.


– Mechanical — Germain-Samuel Sauvé, QC. Covers the use of computer-engineering aided design (CAD) technology design – CAD – to produce documentation in manufacturing, including product drawings, paperwork and 3D models.


– CNC Turning — Guillaume Grenier, QC. A process used to produce cylindrical components through metal cutting using computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathes.


– CNC Milling –Karl Loos, YK. Involves cutting metal materials with computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines.


– Welding — Marc-Olivier Bélanger, QC. Involves the fusing and separation of materials using a variety of processes.


– Electronics — Jud Tofflemire, ON. Involves manufacturing, testing and troubleshooting electronic equipment.


– Mobile Robotics — Pavlo Tovaryanskyy, Myles Robinson, MB. A team competition that requires competitors to assemble, set-up, manage and maintain mechanical systems within a mobile robot.


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